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WATCH: Eli Elezra Discusses Poker Hall of Fame Induction

The Four-Time Bracelet Winner Spoke To Card Player TV About The Honor On The Day He Was Inducted


Eli Elezra joined the Poker Hall of Fame this past November, with his induction announced during the final days of the 2021 World Series of Poker main event.

The now 61-year-old Israeli professional poker player has more than $4.5 million in career tournament earnings, including a World Poker Tour title and four WSOP gold bracelets.

Elezra became the 60th inductee overall, joining the 32 other living members. He beat out nine other nominees to be the lone player added to the Hall in 2021. The other finalists this year included Antonio Esfandiari, Chris Ferguson, Layne Flack, Ted Forrest, Bertrand ”ElkY” Grospellier, Mike Matusow, Michael Mizrachi, Matt Savage, and Isai Scheinberg.

Elezra’s induction was announced during the first day of the inaugural WSOP Hall of Fame $1,979 buy-in no-limit hold’em bounty event. The unique buy-in comes from the yer that the Poker Hall of Fame was founded: 1979. All living Hall of Famers that entered had a bounty on their head that corresponded to the year they were inducted. That meant that knocking out Elezra would be worth a $2,021 bounty. The event was ultimately won by German high-stakes tournament pro Ole Schemion.

Card Player TV caught up with Elezra on a break during that event to discuss his career, his induction to the Poker Hall of Fame, and more.

“I started playing poker in 1985… and I wasn’t very successful,” Elezra said in the interview. “[So to come all this way] and be alongside guys like Chip [Reese], Doyle [Brunson], Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu… nobody can take that away from you. This is amazing.”

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