Another 2 players have been added to the prestigious WSOP Poker Hall of Fame for 2016, namely Todd Brunson and Carlos Mortensen. The WSOP Poker Hall of Fame which started in 1979, traditionally elects one or two members annually which is why there have only been 52 members that have been inducted into its roster.
Qualifications as stated on the WSOP are as follows:
– 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
– Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.
Todd Brunson, born in 1969 and son of Doyle Brunson, joins his father in the illustrious club. Due to having the Brunson last name, his fame has more often than not been overshadowed by the popularity of his father’s. But Todd Brunson on his own regard has a very impressive poker background. He is consistently in the money with current total live earnings of over $4 Million.
Last year, he gloriously announced to the whole world his biggest live cash winning by putting it on Twitter. Playing in a $50k/$100k cash game against Andy Beal, Brunson won $5 Million and stated that it may have been his greatest session to date.
On being part of Hall of Famer batch 2016, Brunson said,
“It’s a true honor to be inducted by my peers into this prestigious institution. 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.”
On the other hand, Carlos Mortensen, born in Spain in 1972, is the very first European to be accepted in the group and is the only Hispanic to have won the WSOP Main Event.
He won the Main Eveny in 2012 where he earned $1.5 Million, his biggest tournament payout to date. He also won the WPT Doyle Brunson NLH Poker Championship for $1 Million and currently has total live earnings of $11 Million Dollars.
In accepting the honor of being part of the Hall of Fame, Mortensen said,
” I have been playing poker professionally for more than 20 years. 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.”
Others that were considered for this year’s list were – Chris Bjorin, Humberto Brenes,Eli Elezra, Bruno Fitoussi, Chris Moneymaker, Max Pescatori, Matt Savage and David “Devilfish” Ulliott.
Article by Gabrielle Barredo