WSOP Unveils 10 Finalists for Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2013

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The Poker Hall of Fame will induct one or two new members during the festivities surrounding the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table, who will come from a list of 10 finalists released by the WSOP Wednesday afternoon.

The list, which was reached after a public nominations process and vetting by the Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council, features six players who were nominated last year and four who are new to the list. Four have a WSOP Main Event title to their name and each of the players has made their own unique contribution to the game of poker.

A panel comprised of the 19 living Poker Hall of Fame members and an 18-person media panel will vote on the 10 finalists to determine who will be inducted this year. Here are the 10 finalists:

Carlos Mortensen

  • The 2001 WSOP Main Event was widely recognized as one of the most glaring omissions from last year’s crop of finalists. Mortensen’s three World Poker Tour titles ties him for the all-time lead, and his $6.4 million in lifetime WPT earnings is also the best of all-time. He’s the only player ever to win both the WPT Championship and the WPT Main Event, and he’s still only 41-years-old.
  • Huck Seed

  • Seed won his first career bracelet at the age of 25 all the way back in 1994, when the majority of his opponents were near retirement age. Much of Seed’s tournament success, which includes four career WSOP bracelets, predates the poker boom, but he’s still accumulated some lofty accomplishments in the modern era. Seed made the final table of the $50,000 HORSE World Championship in 2009 and 2009 and won the 2009 NBC Heads-Up Championship, part of more than $5.3 million in lifetime tournament earnings. He’s also a prolific cash game player, playing countless hours in some of the biggest games in the world.
  • Scotty Nguyen

  • Nguyen’s brash style and talkative nature have made him one of the most recognizable players in poker. It’s style and substance for Nguyen, though – the 1998 WSOP Main Event champion has five bracelets, over $10 million in lifetime tournament earnings and at least 22 career titles to his name. He also won the 2008 $50,000 HORSE Championship, and made at least one final table during each of the first five seasons (and six of the first seven seasons) of the WPT.
  • Tom McEvoy

  • McEvoy won the WSOP Main Event all the way back in 1983, and he’s contributed so much more to the game in the ensuing 30 years. He has three other WSOP bracelets, but his greatest impact on the poker industry came away from the tables. McEvoy, along with T.J. Cloutier, helped pen some of the earliest and most influential poker strategy books ever released, and McEvoy’s also credited as one of the key factors in poker rooms being smoke-free.
  • Mike Matusow

  • “The Mouth” was one of the first players to break out in the post-Moneymaker era, never afraid to get involved in some serious verbal sparring at the table. Matusow’s had highs and lows over the last 20 years in his poker career, but the four-time bracelet winner is still relevant in the year 2013. He’s already won the NBC Heads-Up Championship and a WSOP bracelet in 2013, along with four other deep runs at the WSOP, and Matusow shows no sign of slowing down.
  • Jennifer Harman

  • “Best Female Poker Player” became an inappropriate title for Harman some time ago – she’s simply one of the best players overall, with no qualifications. Harman has two WSOP bracelets in open events, multiple WPT final tables and $2.5 million in lifetime tournament earnings, but her biggest successes have come in the nosebleed cash game tables. She’s been a regular winner in those games for over a decade, and Harman was even part of the group that famously clashed with billionaire Andy Beal with millions of dollars on the line.
  • David Chiu

  • Chiu is a hybrid player, enjoying great success in both tournaments and cash games throughout his career. He has a mostly quiet demeanor at the table, but Chiu’s skills make him a feared presence at the table. Chiu recorded one of the largest tournament cashes ever outside of the WSOP when he won the WPT Championship for over $3.3 million in 2008, and he shows no signs of slowing down after the age of 50. He defeated Scott Seiver heads-up to win his fifth career WSOP bracelet at the 2013 WSOP.
  • Humberto Brenes

  • Brenes is one of the most influential figures in the Latin American poker scene, one of the strongest and most rapidly developing regions in the world. He’s most famously known for his antics during the 2006 and 2007 WSOP Main Events. Brenes outlasted more than 15,000 players and finished in the top 100 in both of those tournaments, receiving hours of coverage on the broadcasts and truly earning his nickname, ‘The Shark’. He has two career bracelets, both won in 1993, and over $5.3 million in lifetime tournament earnings.
  • Thor Hansen

  • Hansen was one of the first European players to find success in poker. He has $2.2 million in lifetime earnings, with two WSOP bracelets, a final table appearance in the $50,000 HORSE Championship and well over 100 cashes in tournaments all over the world. The 66-year-old is still active on the tournament circuit, cashing at the WSOP and EPT already in 2013, but he’s had a lot of success in high-stakes cash games as well. Hansen is the ‘Godfather’ of Norwegian poker and helped to develop the European poker scene in its earliest stages.
  • Chris Bjorin

  • Bjorin is the winningest player in Swedish history, with over $4.2 million in lifetime tournament earnings. The 65-year-old, who now calls London home, has two WSOP bracelets and significant cashes every year dating all the way back to 1991. Bjorin is fifth all-time in both overall WSOP cashes and WSOP Main Event cashes, and made the final table of the 2009 WSOP Europe Main Event, finishing sixth.
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