Phil Ivey a Poker Hall of Fame Finalist for First TimeJuly 11, 2017 11:03 am
The ten finalists for the 2017 Poker Hall of Fame have now been announced, and one name that stands out above the rest as a strong contender is Phil Ivey. The 10 time WSOP bracelet holder became legible for the shortlist after turning 40 this year, one of the minimum criteria for consideration, with the other newcomer to the list including Mori Eskandani, a veteran television producer of such poker shows as Poker After Dark, High Stakes Poker, and the National Heads-Up Poker Championship.
The remaining eight players considered have all appeared as nominees for the HOF in past years, and includes David Chiu, Ted Forrest, Thor Hansen, Mike Matusow, Max Pescatori, Matt Savage, Huckleberry Seed, and Dave Ulliott
Nevertheless, Phil Ivey is a strong favorite to clinch the title as he has ticked every box required to become a Hall of Fame member since bursting onto the poker scene aged 21 back in 1998. As well being second to just Phil Hellmuth in terms of WSOP bracelets, Ivey’s list of other accolades includes $23,856,033 in live tournament winnings, with his biggest score coming in 2012 after winning the 2012 Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge for $3,582,753.
Furthermore, Ivey is known as one of the highest-stakes cash game players on the planet, and currently spends much of his time in Asia where he plays against professionals players and wealthy businessmen in the Big Game. A few years back Ivey also ruled the online cash game scene, too, but has since halved his winnings to around $10,441,963, and has now been leapfrogged by Patrik Antonius ($15,738,099), Ben Tollerene ($11,426,247), and Daniel Cates ($11,175,675).
Unfortunately, in recent years Phil Ivey has been in the news more for the high-profile card edge sorting lawsuits brought against him by two major casinos, and apparently that is one of the reasons why Ivey was a no-show at this year’s WSOP Main Event. Nevertheless, as his pal Daniel Negreanu explains:
“Ivey is a shoo-in because if he doesn’t get in then what exactly do you need to do to get into the Hall of Fame? He’s the greatest player, still is one of the best. There’s no reason not to get him in there.”