The 2014 Poker Hall of Fame is in the spotlight with the announcement just in from the World Series of Poker on Tuesday. For the last six years that candidates have been nominated by the public. This year the finalists include five first-time nominees and five returning candidates. The news isn't extremely startling as to who is leading the group of new candidates. With this being his first year of eligibility, Daniel Negreanu is out in the lead.
Other first-time nominees are: Frenchman Bruno Fitoussi; 1975 WSOP Main Event runner-up Bob Hooks; tournament director Jack McClelland; and six-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Ted Forrest.
The nominees that make up the five returning candidates are: Jennifer Harman; Huck Seed; Humberto Brenes; Chris Bjorin; and Mike Matusow.
Voting for the Class of 2014 is decided by 21 living Hall of Fame members and a 20-member media panel - their vote will be cast before the deadline of October 10th.
Candidate must meet the following criteria to be eligible for induction:
- Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination
- A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
- 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.
Up to two candidates may be chosen out of the above listed nominees. They will join poker's elite Hall of Famers, such as Benny Binion, Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar, David “Chip” Reese, Thomas Austin “Amarillo Slim” Preston, and Phil Hellmuth. Scotty Nguyen and Tom McEvoy were voted into the Poker Hall of Fame last year.
On Sunday, November 9th, at the Las Vegas Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, a special ceremony will be held as part of the WSOP Main Event final table festivities to induct the 2014 Poker Hall of Fame class.