WSOP Opens Public Nominations for Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2014

The Poker Hall of Fame opened the nomination process for the Class of 2014.

The Poker Hall of Fame opened the nomination process.

The World Series of Poker announced the first step in the Poker Hall of Fame induction process with public nominations open until August 15 on the WSOP website. The WSOP allows just two people into the Hall of Fame each year and with a number of prominent players having just turned 40, a log jam of players is expected.

The Poker Hall of Fame has a handful of requirements for prospective inductees:

  • A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition.
  • Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination.
  • Played for high stakes.
  • Played consistently well, gaining respect of peers.
  • Stood the test of time.
  • For non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.

The multi-step process begins with the public nominations and after August 15 a list of all the players nominated will be sent to the Nominating Committee. They will review all submissions and determine the final list candidates and is empowered to add nominees that fall under the non-player category and glaring omissions.

The Nominating Committee’s list will be announced at some point in September and the ballots will be sent to current Hall of Fame members and a select panel of media for voting. The HOF members are allowed one write-in vote on the ballot to be considered for 2015 induction. Once the ballots are counted the two finalists will be inducted in a ceremony when the November Nine resumes at the Rio.

Most notably Daniel Negreanu and Gus Hansen are eligible for the first time on the ballot, with both players turning 40 this year. Other candidates expecting nominations are Huck Seed, John JuandaCarlos MortensenJen Harman and Mike Matusow  – who were on the ballot in 2013 and should be included again in 2014.

There is also a long list on non-players that have gathered momentum in recent years. But with the current list of eligible players and soon-to-be eligible players – Phil Ivey, Chris Moneymaker, Allen Cunningham and JC Tran – over the next couple years it seems unlikely that any non-players make it to the final ballot soon.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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