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(pokernews.com)- The Poker Hall of Fame (PHOF), established in 1979, currently boasts 48 members, but this year at least one player – more likely two – will be joining their ranks. After a public nomination process and vetting by the PHOF Governing Council, this year’s list of 10 finalists has been announced.
Among those nominated for the PHOF Class of 2015 are (in alphabetical particular order): Chris Bjorin, David Chiu, Bruno Fitoussi, Jennifer Harman, John Juanda, Carlos Mortensen, Max Pescatori, Terry Rogers, Matt Savage, and the late David “Devilfish” Ulliott.
Four of those candidates have been nominated for the first time (Pescatori, Rogers, Savage, and Ulliott), while the other six finalists have been previously nominated (only Fitoussi, Bjorin and Harman carried over from the list of 2014 finalists, with the latter two having been nominated for the last four years).
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The list of finalists will be submitted to the 23 living Hall of Fame members and a 16-person media panel who’ll determine which player(s) will be inducted into the exclusive club.
The criteria they will consider in their vote are as follows:
- 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 the respect of peers
- Stood the test of time
- Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.
The 2015 Class of the Poker Hall of Fame will be inducted as part of the World Series of Poker Main Event final table festivities between November 7-10, 2015. A special dinner and induction will be held at the famed Binion’s Gambling Hall.
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