The World Series of Poker announced on Tuesday the ten finalists who will eligible for induction into the 2014 Poker Hall of Fame class. The ten finalists were assembled from an online voting process from the public and the finalists are chosen by existing Hall of Fame members and a panel of media members.
The voting process runs through October 10 and the two inductees will be announced shortly after. The formal induction ceremony takes place on the eve of the 2014 November Nine final table of the WSOP Main Event. There are 21 living HOF members with a vote and 20 media votes.
2014 Poker Hall of Fame Finalists:
- Chris Bjorin
- Humberto Brenes
- Bruno Fitoussi
- Ted Forrest
- Jen Harman
- Bob Hooks
- Mike Matusow
- Jack McClelland
- Daniel Negreanu
- Huck Seed
Negreanu appears on the list for first time after turning 40 years-old this year. Fitoussi and Forrest are finalists for the first time alongside Bob Hooks and former tournament director McClelland.
Five finalists return from the 2013 list – Bjorin, Brenes, Harman, Matusow and Seed. The list only contains one former WSOP Main Event champ, Seed, and four non-American players – Negreanu, Bjorin, Brenes and Fitoussi.
The criteria for the Poker Hall of Fame:
- Be at least 40 years old
- Players must have played poker against top competition
- Played for high stakes
- Gained the respect of his peers
- Stood the test of time
- Non-players must have contributed to overall growth of the game with positive and lasting results
Negreanu looks to be the frontrunner of all the nominees after his two most successful years in poker. He is considered one of the top players in the world and one of the most recognizable as the face of PokerStars. He has won two WSOP Player of the Year titles (2004 & 2013), six WSOP bracelets and $27.9 million in earnings. Negreanu has been a star on poker TV shows since the boom and recently thrilled audiences with his runner-up finish at the 2014 Big One for One Drop.
Over the next ten days BLUFF will publish expanded, in-depth coverage of each individual finalist.
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