John Hennigan and Mori Eskandani have entered the Poker Hall of Fame as the class of 2018, thus becoming the 55th and 56th individuals to be inducted since 1979.
The selections were announced during the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event final table and were determined by a three-prong process. First, nominations were welcomed by the public and then vetted by the PHoF Governing Council. From there, a list of ten nominees was offered for the 28 living PHoF members and an 18-person Blue Ribbon Media Panel to vote on.
Eligibility required to join PHoF:
- must have played poker against the top-notch poker geniuses
- should be atleast 40 years old during the nomination
- should have played highstakes
- should have a consistently good track record of gaming and be respected by the peers
- should have stood the test of time
- or, for non-players, the individual must have contributed immensely to the game of poker
Knowing Hennigan in details
Heennigan is a 40-year-old poker player who got his first PHoF nomination after proving himself at the felt for decades. In his poker career, he has amassed over $8 million from tournaments.
Not only has he cashed more than ten times already at WSOP but also finished third in that event back in 2013 for $686,568.
Hennigan’s biggest career cash came back in 2007 when he won the World Poker Tour Championship at Borgata for $1,606,223.
The production of most of the poker-related shows have been led by Eskandani. For two decades Eskandani has worked behind the scenes on such programs as the World Series of Poker on ESPN, NBC Heads-Up Championship, Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker.
This 62-year-old individual, who was a high-stakes player once upon a time, is currently in charge of Poker Productions, the current producer of WSOP telecasts. It was his hardwork and innovative show ideas that poker started gaining acceptance in various parts of the world.
Although, his contribution to the industry got him into PHoF, he had been quite active on the felt too. As a player, he has won $566,742 playing tournament poker dating back to 1985. His biggest cash of $68,040 came when he won the 2003 Legends of Poker Mariani/Buss Charity Open Half Hold’em & Half Seven Card Stud. He has two other Stud victories on his player resumé for $43,844 and $40,000 respectively.
Other nominees who weren’t selected but have the scope in future are Chris Bjorin, David Chiu, Bruno Fitoussi, Mike Matusow, Chris Moneymaker, David Oppenheim, Matt Savage and Huck Seed.