The parameters for hall of fame nominations have always covered two general areas.
- A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
- Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination
- Played for high stakes
- Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
- Stood 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.
Our two new inductees both fall predominantly into the first category, having put up consistent results at the poker tables through the time. They are two interesting personalities who achieved a great deal in tournaments, and at the cash tables, building up a strong fan following in the process. Jennifer Harman and John Juanda are the two new members of this elite club, and it could be argued that their inductions are overdue, particularly for Juanda.
Jennifer Harman has been a regular feature of high stakes cash games in Las vegas for over a decade. As well as being inspiration to female players looking to try their hand the game, she is also a tough player who has been highly respected for many years, and has racked up USD$3 million in live cashes during her career. She is also one of only two women in the world to have multiple WSOP bracelets in open events. She currently has 2.
Jennifer Harman (Photo pokerolymp.com)
John Juanda was born in Indonesia, and currently sits on top of the Indonesia all time money list by some distance. Juanda has of course spent a lot of time in the USA during his career, but in recent times has become a Japanese resident too. His accomplishments in the world of tournament poker are exceptional, having won 5 WSOP bracelets, each one of them in a different game variant. He also has 6 WPT final tables to his name, and after final tabling EPT Barcelona in 2012, he came back to win the same event this year, clinching his first EPT title in the process.
John Juand (Photo pokerxo.com)
John Juanda has proved over the years that he will always be a force in cash games too. He has been seen playing the biggest games in Macau, and appears very comfortable with any poker game. He also has tournament results across Asia, including 5th place in a Macau Super High Roller for over USD$1.6 million, and an APT High Roller victory for a more modest USD$43,500. Juanda has cashed on the APPT tour as well, but most of his cashes are at the WSOP, where he has amassed 30 final table appearances. Juanda has always been a quiet man at the tables, but that didn't stop him from becoming recognisable around the world as the poker boom snowballed over a decade ago. He is deserving of his induction, for being a renowned player of talent who has helped the game to grow, but more importantly, for the great things he has accomplished in his career so far.