The Poker Hall of Fame nominees have been announced

Brian Rast, Josh Arieh and Kathy Liebert are this year’s first time nominees vying for a place in the Hall of Fame.

Brian Rast

The Poker Hall of Fame has gone past the public nomination phase and we are down to ten potential inductees. 

The three first-time nominees are Josh Arieh, Kathy Liebert and Brian Rast.

They are joined by returning nominees Layne Flack, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Mike Matusow, Lon McEachern & Norman Chad (as one nomination), Michael Mizrachi, Matt Savage and Isai Scheinberg.

It’s hard to pick a winner but Brian Rast could be a good shout for a first time inductee. He has crushed the game for years and has five bracelets including twice winning the Poker Player’s Championship. 

Is one inductee a year enough?

The Poker Hall of Fame

The criteria, as always, is as follows:

  • A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
  • Played for high stakes
  • Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination
  • 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

Once again it will be just one inductee this year and they will be announced on July 10 during the WSOP Main Event final table. While the most common debate in poker is whether Isai Scheinberg should be included, this year the discussion about how many inductees there are is running rampant. Most agree that there should be more than one inductee per year because the well of potential inductees is getting much bigger as modern era players are turning 40. 

Last year Eli Elezra was inducted into the Hall of Fame and the other nominations were Matt Savage, Mike Matusow, Antonio Esfandiari, Layne Flack, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Ted Forrest, Michael Mizrachi, Isai Scheinberg and Chris Ferguson,

Who do you think deserves it this year? Let us know in the comments:

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