The ultimate recognition of merit in any profession is that received from fellow peers. For poker professionals, such accreditation comes in the form of a place in the Poker Hall of Fame.

52 players have been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame since it was established in 1979. The current process, introduced in 2009, involves a round of public voting to select a shortlist of ten candidates to offer up for consideration to an expert panel. The panel then chooses the two entrants to the Poker Hall of Fame.The entire process is managed by the WSOP.

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey – 2017 Poker Hall of Fame Nominee

The 2017 list of ten nominees include 8 players to have previously appeared at least once in the list of nominees and 2 first timers. Huck Seed, Thor Hansen, Dave “Devilfish” Ulliot, Mike Matusow, David Chiu, Ted Forrest, Max Pescatori, and Matt Savage comprise the eight players to have been nominated in a previous year. The other two nominees, though first-timers, are well established names in poker – Phil Ivey and renowned producer Mori Eskandani.

Phil Ivey, widely considered the best all-round poker player in the world, gets his nomination at the first attempt after reaching the age of 40, the minimum required to be eligible for the Hall of Fame. Ivey has one of the strongest CVs with 10 WSOP bracelets and a Main Event Final Table in 2009, over $24 million in live tourney winnings and a strong cash game record. With such a stellar reputation, Ivey could very well become one of the few players to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame on the first attempt.

Mori Eskandani

Mori Eskandani’s poker winnings on the other hand are modest at best. He, however, is better know for being the brains behind famous poker TV shows such as Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker which helped bring poker into the mainstream. Eskandani was also involved in the creation of the revolutionary ‘hole-cam’.

The final results will be announced on the 21st of July at the Rio Casino.

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