Phil Ivey Gets In At First Opportunity

Published on July 22nd, 2017 12:25 am EST

The Poker Hall of Fame logo on white background.  Isolated.A few moments ago, the Poker Hall of Fame added its newest inductees, as Phil Ivey and Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott were officially inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. The announcement was made during the ESPN broadcast of the WSOP main event final table.

Phil Ivey was inducted at the very earliest possible moment, as he just recently turned 40 years of age (inductees must be at least 40 to be granted entry into the Poker Hall of Fame). Ivey's admission into the Hall of Fame was a slam-dunk, as he is widely regarded as the best player in the game. At the tender age of 40, Ivey already has 10 World Series of Poker bracelets and over $20 million in total lifetime tournament cashes to his name. This comes despite the fact that Ivey has focused more on cash games and less on tournament play over the past couple of years.

Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott, who passed away from cancer in 2015, was one of the biggest characters that the game of poker ever encountered. Ulliott amassed over $6.2 million in total tournament cashes over the course of his career, with his biggest ever cash coming in the 2007 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, where he finished in 3rd place for $674,500. Ulliott is credited with helping to grow the game of poker in the United Kingdom.


The following names - David Chiu, Mori Eskandiari, Ted Forrest, Thor Hansen, Mike Matusow, Max Pescatori, Matt Savage and Huck Seed - were named as finalists this year but didn't make it in. All eight men will be eligible for nomination again next year.


The general public submitted their nominations, and this list was vetted by the Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council and boiled down to ten finalists.

The list of the 10 finalists was then submitted to a panel of 18 "Blue Ribbon Media Panel" members, as well as the 27 living Poker Hall of Fame members.




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