When it comes to the world of professional poker, not much distinguishes players better than their names. Jennifer Harman, Annie Duke, and Scotty Nguyen have as good a name recognition as a player can enjoy, and all three are hoping to ride that popularity to a Poker Hall of Fame induction.
This week, the ten finalists for the Hall of Fame were announced by the World Series of Poker. Duke, Harman, and Nguyen head the list, but there are plenty of names that will competing to win induction into the prestigious group known as the Hall of Fame players. Past WSOP tournament winners are found throughout the list of nominees.
Tom McEvoy won the main event at the WSOP back in 1983. Almost thirty years later, McEvoy is still going strong and made a long run through the main event again in recent years. McEvoy has won a total of four WSOP bracelets.
If winning tournaments is the standard by which the players are judged for the Hall of Fame, Nguyen should be considered a lock. The popular pro has won over $10 million during his career, and like McEvoy, Nguyen has a WSOP main event bracelet to his credit.
Huck Seed’s name has been all over the leader-board at the WSOP for the past decade, and he won the main event in 1996. A couple of years ago, Seed made his name known to the younger generation of players when he won the National Heads-Up Championship against some of the best competition the event has ever seen.
Joining Seed and McEvoy as a finalist is John Juanda, who has won five WSOP bracelets. Juanda has won over $12 million in career tournament earnings, and like the aforementioned players, seems a lock to get in to the Hall of Fame either this year, or in future years.
Barry Greenstein has over $7 million in career poker winnings. Greenstein is known in poker circles not only for his tournament play, but also for his expert play in cash games. While Greenstein is considered one of the best current cash game male players, Harman is regarded as the top woman player ever in cash games.
The next step in the process is for a panel of writers and Hall of Fame players to decide which of the ten finalists will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in November. All of the nominees are at least forty years old, a new requirement for consideration into the Poker Hall of Fame.