Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Aces

[LL] “The next batch includes inductees from 2015 and 2016”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Aces:”1

John “Luckbox” Juanda

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John Juanda

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John Juanda
Born: 1971/07/08 (Medan, Indonesia)
WSOP Main Event: 31st (2005)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 66
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $20,748,954
Poker
Hall of Fame
2015
Quote: “I actually love to play all the different games because they help keep my mind sharp. But, if I could only play one game for the rest of my live, I’d go with No Limit Hold ‘Em.” — John Juanda (January 6, 2009 PokerNews interview).
  • Won the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for $1,580,096.
  • Led the Bluff Power Ranking for its first four years beginning in 2004.
  • Goes by “John” but his full first name is “Johnson”.

Jennifer Harman

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Jennifer Harman

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Jennifer Harman
Born: 1964/11/29 (Reno, NV)
WSOP Main Event:
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 35
WPT Titles:
Live Earnings: $2,739,645
Poker
Hall of Fame
2015
Quote: “I have always been a cash game player. I like tournaments, but with all the traveling and the long hours, I choose usually to play cash games. When I had children, I really wanted to be around for them. I hear it goes by so fast, and I don’t want to miss a second.” — Jennifer Harman (September 24, 2015 CardsChat.com interview; has also claimed to hate tournaments).
  • Won the 2000 WSOP $5,000 Deuce-to-Seven Lowball after Howard Lederer had given Annie Duke and her a crash course in how to play just prior to the event.
  • Won the 2002 WSOP $5,000 Limit Hold ‘Em for $212,440.

Carlos “El Matador” Mortensen

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Carlos Mortensen

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Carlos Mortensen
Born: 1972/04/13 (Ambato, Ecuador)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2001)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 39
WPT Titles: 3
Live Earnings: $12,107,757
Poker
Hall of Fame
2016
Quote: “¡Viva España!” — Carlos Mortensen (after winning the WSOP Main Event in 2001; he became the first European inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2016).
  • Moved to Spain when he was young then to the U.S. in the late 90’s. His actual name is Juan Carlos Mortensen, but somehow the “Juan” got lost when he came to the U.S.
  • Bubbled the final table of the 2013 WSOP Main Event for $573,204.

Todd “Darkhorse” Brunson

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Todd Brunson

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Todd Brunson
Born: 1969/08/07 (El Paso, TX)
WSOP Main Event:
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 58
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $4,342,568
Poker
Hall of Fame
2016
Quote: “Cash game players, including myself, have been drawn back into the tournament arena by the huge prize pools and large numbers of novice players looking for instant glory.” — Todd Brunson.
  • Didn’t learn to play poker until after he graduated high school but took the game up more seriously while at Texas Tech, dropping out before his senior year.
  • Won the 2005 WSOP $2,500 Omaha High/Low for $255,945.

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    Stats current as of August 1, 2017.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2017 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

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Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Kings

[LL] “The next batch includes inductees from 2013 and 2014”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Kings:”1

Tom “Grand Rapids Tom” McEvoy

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Tom McEvoy

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Tom McEvoy
Born: 1944/11/14 (Grand Rapids, MI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1983)
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 45
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $3,034,640
Poker
Hall of Fame
2013
Quote: “No Limit Hold ‘Em. Hours of boredom followed by moments of sheer terror.” — Tom McEvoy.
  • Was the first satellite winner to win the WSOP Main Event.
  • Helped organize the first smoke-free tournament in 1998 and eventually persuaded almost all tournament directors to ban smoking.

Scotty “Prince of Poker” Nguyen

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Scotty Nguyen

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Scotty Nguyen
Born: 1962/10/28 (Nha Trang, Vietnam)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1998)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 55
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $11,932,744
Poker
Hall of Fame
2013
Quote: “Playing the Big One, Baby, is like playing the Masters, I imagine. Hard to describe — it’s definitely a real natural high, Baby!” — Scotty Nguyen (1998).
  • Satellited into the 1998 WSOP Main Event backed by Mike Matusow.
  • Bubbled the final table of the 2007 WSOP Main Event.

Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu

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Daniel Negreanu

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Daniel Negreanu
Born: 1974/07/26 (Toronto, Canada)
WSOP Main Event: 11th (2001, 2015)
WSOP Bracelets: 6
WSOP Cashes: 103
WPT Titles: 2
Live Earnings: $34,093,588
Poker
Hall of Fame
2014
Quote: “My first trip to Las Vegas was here, in Binion’s Horseshoe, downstairs. I brought a $3,000 bankroll, and about 24 hours later, I had a lot of free time on my hands.” — Daniel Negreanu (during his Poker Hall of Fame induction on November 9, 2014).
  • Only player to be named WSOP Player of the Year twice (2004 & 2013); also WPT Player of the Year 2004-05.
  • Became the first player to win bracelets in the WSOP Las Vegas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific in a career in 2013.

Jack McClelland

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Jack McClelland

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Jack McClelland
Nickname: none
Born: 1952 (McConnelsville, Ohio)
Occupation: Tournament Dir.
Poker
Hall of Fame
2014
Quote: “If you think you are such a genius why don’t you go and fix them?” — Jack McClelland’s wife Alma (~1983, after hearing him complain one too many times about how badly poker tournaments were run).
  • Final tabled the WSOP $5,000 Seven-Card Stud for $11,850 in 1988 (8th) and $15,150 in 2000 (7th).
  • His wife Alma won the 1989 WSOP Ladies Event.

Footnotes:

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    Stats current as of August 1, 2017.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2017 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

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Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Queens

[LL] “The next batch includes inductees from 2011 and 2012”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Queens:”1

Barry “Robin Hood of Poker” Greenstein

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Barry Greenstein

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Barry Greenstein
Born: 1954/12/30 (Chicago, IL)
WSOP Main Event: 22nd (1992)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 89
WPT Titles: 2
Live Earnings: $8,246,109
Poker
Hall of Fame
2011
Quote: “These contributions [of poker tournament winnings] are the best things I have ever done in my life.” — Barry Greenstein.
  • Donates his tournament profits (primarily to Children Incorporated).
  • Has bracelets for Deuce to Seven Draw, Pot Limit Omaha, and Razz.

Linda “First Lady of Poker” Johnson

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Linda Johnson

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Linda Johnson
Born: 1953/10/14 (Brooklyn, NY)
WSOP Main Event: never cashed
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 13
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $395,332
Poker
Hall of Fame
2011
Quote: “When I first started playing poker… in the ’70s, it was rare to see more than one or two other women… The atmosphere… wasn’t conducive to women wanting to play…, there was bad language and lots of player abuse. In today’s poker rooms, this type of behavior isn’t tolerated, and women can actually have a lot of fun playing.” — Linda Johnson (November 6, 2007, Part Time Poker).
  • Started playing draw poker as it was the only game that was legal in the 1970s in Gardena, California.
  • Bought CardPlayer in 1993 and ran the business for eight years.
  • Won the 1997 WSOP $1,500 Limit Razz.

Eric Drache

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Eric Drache

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Eric Drache
Nickname: none
Born: 1943 (Brooklyn, NY)
Occupation: Tournament Dir.
Poker
Hall of Fame
2012
Quote: “If I ever went to Gamblers Anonymous, I’d have to tone down my testimony. There’s no way they would believe the figures — the wins and losses, the amounts of money I’ve borrowed and lent. I’m not kidding. It doesn’t sound realistic even to me.” — Eric Drache (1988; quoted in Al Alvarez’s Risky Business: People, Pastimes, Poker and Books, 2012).
  • Last name pronounced “drake”.
  • Dropped out of Rutgers University in 1970 to play poker full-time in Las Vegas and grew $600 into $70,000 in four months.
  • As WSOP tournament director, invented satellite tournaments in 1978.

Bryan “Sailor” Roberts

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Bryan Roberts

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Bryan Roberts
Born: 1931/03/07 (Portland, OR)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1975)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: N/A
Live Earnings: $266,650
Poker
Hall of Fame
2012
Quote: “If your opponent raises, and you reraise, and your opponent puts in the third raise, and you have two kings, you’re a huge Underdog to most everyone.” — Sailor Roberts (quoted by Bobby Hoff in Dan Harrington’s Harrington on Cash Games: Volume II [back when the game was much tighter preflop]).
  • Born as Bryan but earned his nickname from his four years in the Navy.
  • Won the $5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball event the year before his Main Event bracelet.
  • Grew up in San Angelo, Texas.

Footnotes:

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    Stats current as of August 1, 2017.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2017 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

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Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Jacks

[LL] “The next batch includes the second 2008 inductee, one from 2009, and two from 2010”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Jacks:”1

Henry Orenstein

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Henry Orenstein

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Henry Orenstein
Nickname: none
Born: 1923 (Hrubieszow, Poland)
Occupation: Inventor
Poker
Hall of Fame
2008
Quote: “Once, Henry had been caught by the Nazis and was being marched toward an execution pit when he shoved his watch and all his cash into the hands of a Ukrainian police officer, then sprinted down a side street, wondering with every stride if that officer was going to shoot him in the back.” — Newsweek (December 30, 2016).
  • Invented the hole card camera, one of his hundred-plus patents, that greatly improved the appeal of televised poker, which he thought was too boring without seeing the hidden cards.

Mike “Ambassador of Poker” Sexton

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Mike Sexton

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Mike Sexton
Born: 1947/09/22 (Shelby, IN)
WSOP Main Event: 12th (2000)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 65
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $6,581,572
Poker
Hall of Fame
2009
Quote: “One day a chump, the next day a champion. What a difference a day makes in tournament poker.” — Mike Sexton
  • Has been one of the driving forces of the World Poker Tour, including commentating on broadcasts.
  • Won the 2006 Tournament of Champions for $1,000,000.

Dan “Action Dan” Harrington

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Dan Harrington

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Dan Harrington
Born: 1945/12/06 (Cambridge, MA)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1995)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 13
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $6,618,963
Poker
Hall of Fame
2010
Quote: “[My favorite starting hand is] Aces. And people ask me what my second favorite hand is, I say kings. All these people who love 7-2 or whatever, they’re morons.” — Dan Harrington (July 2009 All In magazine interview).
  • Final tabled the WSOP Main Event in 1987 (6th), 2003 (3rd), and 2004 (4th).
  • Authored the seminal Harrington on Hold ’em series with Bill Robertie.
  • Won the 1972 Massachusetts Chess Championship.

Erik “Sly” Seidel

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Erik Seidel

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Erik Seidel
Born: 1959/11/06 (New York, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1988)
WSOP Bracelets: 8
WSOP Cashes: 101
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $32,462,833
Poker
Hall of Fame
2010
Quote: “Think your way through all situations. When things have gone badly, sit there just as tough as you were when you came in. That can be very discouraging to other players.” — Erik Seidel.
  • Final tabled the WSOP Main Event in both 1988 (2nd) and 1999 (4th).
  • Recorded his first career live tournament cash in the 1988 WSOP Main Event.

Footnotes:

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    Stats current as of August 1, 2017.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2017 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

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