Poker Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2016
Todd Brunson and Carlos
Mortensen Join Poker’s Most Exclusive Club
Induction Ceremony and Dinner to be held Wednesday,
October 26 at 7:00 pm at Binion’s Gambling Hall
LAS VEGAS (October
13, 2016) – The 2016 Poker Hall
of Fame Class has its newest members as Todd
Brunson and Carlos Mortensen
gain entrance into poker’s most exclusive club.
The two become the 51st and 52nd individuals to be inducted
into the Poker Hall of Fame. The two
were nominated by the public and voted in by a 44-person panel made up of
existing Poker Hall of Famers, and a Blue Ribbon Media Panel, it was announced
today by the Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council.
Brunson and Mortensen will be inducted officially
on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 pm
at Binion’s Gambling Hall – the birthplace of poker in Las Vegas – and the
original home of the World Series of Poker (from 1970-2004). The Poker Hall of Fame induction ceremony and
dinner will once again occur inside the Longhorn Room, which was originally
called Benny’s Bullpen. Benny’s Bullpen
hosted the very first final table of the WSOP in 1970.
The Poker Hall of Fame Gala kicks off the November
Nine festivities, taking place before the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event
final table gets underway at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino (Oct. 30-Nov.
This year’s inductees bring some historical
significance as well. Brunson joins his
father Doyle in the Hall, becoming the first father-son to be inducted into
poker’s ultimate club. Carlos, the
Spaniard known as El Matador, becomes the first true international and European
member of the Poker Hall of Fame.
The Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council would like
to recognize and congratulate the other 2016 finalists all whom remain eligible
for future induction: Chris Bjorin, Humberto Brenes, Eli Elezra, Bruno
Fitoussi, Chris Moneymaker, Max Pescatori, Matt Savage and David Ulliott.
"It's a true honor to be inducted
by my peers into this prestigious institution,” said Brunson. “I literally
grew up attending these ceremonies and have always respected and admired its
members. To join their ranks is the honor of a lifetime.
"I have been playing poker
professionally for more than 20 years,” commented Mortensen. “This game
has given me so many things that I have come to cherish. I've always
wanted to be included among the great players who make up the Poker Hall of
Fame. To be included with the legends makes me very happy. I want
to thank my friends, the poker fans, and all the people who vote for me.
I take this honor very seriously."
About this year’s inductees:
TODD BRUNSON (https://twitter.com/toddbrunson)
son of Poker Hall of Famer Doyle Brunson, Todd has followed in his father’s
footsteps in making poker his profession, and there is no doubt the apple
doesn’t fall far from the tree. Despite
picking up the game for the first time while he was studying law at Texas Tech
University, Todd eventually dropped out of school to turn professional. With
nearly $4.3 million in tournament winnings, including 52 WSOP cashes and a gold
bracelet, the younger Brunson has carved out his own successful career. The 47-year-old Las Vegan is best known for his
mixed games acumen, choosing to spend most of his time playing cash games inLas Vegas and typically only playing tournaments that offer a variety of
non-Hold’em variants. And as told in the
2005 book, The Professor, the Banker and
the Suicide King, Brunson once won $13.5 million over a two-day span in a
heads-up, $50,000-$100,00 Limit Hold’em cash game.
CARLOS MORTENSEN (https://twitter.com/CarlosMortensen)
When it comes to tournament poker and ROI, no one
besides Dan Colman can compare to Carlos “The Matador” Mortensen. The 2001 WSOP Main Event Champion has won
more money on the World Poker Tour than any other player in history despite
playing significantly fewer events. His almost $6.8 million in WPT earnings
combined with over $3.1 million in WSOP earnings and assorted other cashes put
his career earnings at almost $12 million.
The 44-year-old is also the only player to have won both the WSOP Main
Event and the WPT Championship event.
Hailing from Alicante, Spain but now residing in Vegas, Mortensen is
still one of the top players in the game, already cashing 12 times in 2016.
The Poker Hall of Fame, established in 1979, was
acquired by Harrah’s Entertainment (now Caesars) along with the World Series of
Poker in 2004. Though the Hall of Fame
is virtual in nature, its membership includes poker's most influential players
and other important contributors to the game. There are now 27 living members.
The main criteria for the Poker Hall of Fame are as
player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination
for high stakes
consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
the test of time
for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game
of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.
The entire list of 52 Poker Hall of Fame members