Ivey, Matusow among Poker Hall of Fame finalists
July 11, 2017 3:09 AM
by Patricia Chavira
This year’s ten finalists for the Poker Hall of Fame have been announced. The 2017 class of the Poker Hall of Fame will be inducted as part of the World Series of Poker Main Event final table festivities in Las Vegas on Friday, July 21.
The ten finalists are listed below:
David Chu, 56, was born in China and started his poker career as a dealer. He has won five WSOP gold bracelets.
Mori Eskandani, 61, is in charge of Poker Productions, the television production company that has produced such notable poker shows “Poker After Dark” and the “National Heads-Up Championship.”
Ted Forrest, 52, has won six WSOP gold bracelets, winning an incredible three bracelets at the 1993 WSOP – the first and only time that has happened in WSOP history.
Thor Hansen, 70, is a Norwegian poker pro with more than $2.9 million in career earnings.
Phil Ivey, 40, became eligible for the first time this year. He has won 10 WSOP gold bracelets.
Mike Matusow, 49, is a four-time WSOP bracelet winner best known as “the Mouth” for his tough talk at the poker table.
Max Pescatori, 46, is an Italian poker pro with four WSOP bracelets and over $4.4 million in lifetime earnings.
Matt Savage, 48, is one of the inaugural founders of the Tournament Directors Association and a tireless advocate for players.
Huck Seed, 48, is a former WSOP World Champion with four gold bracelets and $7.6 million in career tournament earnings.
David “Devilfish” Ulliott, 61, passed away in 2015 but his legacy in poker lives on as one of the most personable poker personalities in the game.
The 27 living Hall of Fame members and an 18-person media panel will cast their votes for their nominees later this month.