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Scotty Nguyen, Mike Matusow Among Finalists For 2013 Poker Hall Of Fame Induction

Three New Players Make List, As Seven Are Trying Again To Make It In


The preliminary selection process is over and 10 finalists have been unveiled for possible induction into the Poker Hall of Fame this year.

Likely just two players will enter as the finalists are subject to a voting process consisting of the 19 living Hall of Fame members and an 18-person media panel. Voting ends Oct. 11.

Here’s a look at who they are:

Chris Björin: The 65-year-old Swede holds two WSOP bracelets, with 68 career WSOP cashes, good for fifth all time. He has around $5 million in tournament earnings.

Humberto Brenes: He isn’t just one of poker’s most colorful personalities. Over his career, Brenes, 62, has recorded more than $6 million in earnings and two bracelets. In 2004, he finished second in a World Poker Tour event for just under $1 million.

David Chiu: The 53-year-old China-born poker pro now has five WSOP bracelets after winning one this past summer. He has more than $7.5 million in career earnings, mostly thanks to a massive $3,389,140 win in the 2008 WPT Championship.

Thor Hansen: The Norwegian has been playing poker since the 1980s and in that time has racked up more than $3 million in cashes, which includes two bracelets and a massive 187 in-the-money finishes globally. He is known as the “Godfather” of Norwegian poker.

Jennifer Harman: The 48-year-old is arguably the best female player of all time, thanks to her long-time presence in some of the biggest cash games in the world and appearances on GSN’s High-Stakes Poker. Her tournament career consists of around $2.5 million in earnings and two bracelets. She also has two WPT final tables on her resume.

Mike Matusow: “The Mouth” is one of poker’s historic personalities. His trash talk is legendary, and he has backed it up with four bracelets and more than $8.5 million in earnings. He has two $1 million scores in his career and two main event final tables. In addition to his winning his fourth bracelet this past summer, he won the NBC Heads-Up in January for $750,000.

Tom McEvoy: At 68 years of age, McEvoy is the oldest among the finalists. He has four WSOP wins over this decades of play. He won the 1983 WSOP main event. Over the years, he has also written numerous books and articles on the game of poker.

Carlos Mortensen: The 41-year-old Spaniard is widely considered the best tournament player ever in terms of ROI. He has around $11.4 million in cashes, thanks to three seven-figure scores in his career. He won the 2001 WSOP main event, the 2004 Festa al Lago and the 2007 WPT Championship for a massive $3,970,415. No one has won more than him on the WPT. Just this past summer, Mortensen finished 10th in the WSOP main event.

Scotty Nguyen: One of the most recognizable players in poker history, the Vietnam-born gambler won the 1998 WSOP main event and went on to capture four more bracelets, including the $50,000 Players Championship in 2008. The 51-year-old has around $11.7 million in career earnings thanks to a massive 272 cashes.

Huck Seed: The 44-year-old is best known for his 1996 main event win, but he also has a NBC Head-Up title. He has four total bracelets and more than $6 million in lifetime scores. Seed is also a frequent competitor in some of the biggest cash games around Las Vegas.

It is the first time appearing on the finalist list for Matusow, Mortensen and Brenes.

Last year, Eric Drache and Brian ‘Sailor’ Roberts made it in.

Whoever is selected as the 2013 class will be inducted around the time of the 2013 WSOP main event final table in early November. Caesars Entertainment owns the Poker Hall of Fame.

The Poker Hall of Fame does not have a physical existence, just virtual.

Nominees must be at least 40 years old.



over 7 years ago

Anyone but Moter mouth! Chu and Seed would be my two.


over 7 years ago

carlos mortensen


over 7 years ago

Not only is Matusow a master of the game who has stood the test of time, but he is such a passionate defender of the game's artistry, as well. Like many, he plays well and makes lot of money, but Matusow is a rare find in that he is genuinely upset and compelled to say something when he sees someone at the table disrespecting the game itself. He takes all the personal ribbing in stride but gets upset for the game. That is the kind of player that we should be proud to have in the Hall of Fame.

Also, McEvoy has had such a profound effect on the game through his playing and teaching that he ought to be in as well.


over 7 years ago

I'd probably have to vote for the mouth and carlos, maybe mcEvoy,,,,, if not for scottys drunk tournament a few ago i would have picked him, if he behaves for several years i'd pick him in the future baby!


over 7 years ago

Scotty Nguyen should not even be in the running for this after his actions and behavior at the H.O.R.S.E. event a few years back. If you haven't seen his actions find it on YouTube and witness why he should be banned from this nomination. I lost all respect for him since then.


over 7 years ago

McEvoy,Mortenson and Bjorn are my picks... but Bjorn is most likely to get in out this group.