Stan’s Lists – Poker Hall of Fame

[SS] “Have you guys seen who’s going to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame next week?” Stan the Stat polled.

[LL] “Yep”, Leroy the Lion confirmed.

[RR] “Me, too. But who’s the guy who isn’t Daniel Negreanu?” Roderick the Rock inquired.

[SS] “Jack McClelland. He was once an amateur trying to make a living playing poker.1 He didn’t have much success and would always complain at home about how badly the tournaments were run. His wife altered his career track by telling him, ‘If you think you are such a genius, why don’t you go and fix them?'”2

[SS] “So, McClelland began working at the World Series of Poker in 1984 and became an assistant tournament director the following year. He TD’ed events around the world for the next quarter century, including the inaugural events for the Commerce Casino in Southern California and the World Poker Tour, before retiring last year.”

[RR] “That’s cool. Tournament directors are always underappreciated”, Roderick noted wryly.

[SS] “Of course, you all know Negreanu, but it’s still impressive to list some of his records:

  • 1998: Youngest WSOP bracelet winner when he won the $2,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event at age 23 (a record that stood for six years before Gavin Griffin broke it)
  • 2007: Record four consecutive WPT cashes,3 where he also won two events (tied for the record with five4 others) and made three final tables (tied for the record with several others)
  • 2007: First player to be WSOP Player of the Year (2004) and WPT Player of the Year (then-record 2,600 points in 2007 that stood for nine years)
  • 2013: Only two-time WSOP Player of the Year
  • 2013: First player to win WSOP bracelets in the U.S., Europe, and Asia Pacific5
  • Career: Most total Player of the Year points
  • Career: Tournament poker’s all-time money leader (almost $30 million after his 2nd place finish in the 2014 Big One for One Drop pushed him ahead of Antonio Esfandiari)”

[SS] “Here are all the inductees.”

Poker Hall of Fame

Year Inductee Bracelets
1979 Johnny Moss 9
1979 Nick Dandolos 0
1979 Felton McCorquodale 0
1979 Red Winn 0
1979 Sid Wyman 0
1979 James Butler Hickok 0
1979 Edmond Hoyle 0
1980 Blondie Forbes 0
1981 Bill Boyd 4
1982 Tom Abdo 0
1983 Joe Bernstein 1
1984 Murph Harrold 0
1985 Red Hodges 0
1986 Henry Green 0
1987 Puggy Pearson 4
1988 Doyle Brunson 10
1988 Jack Straus 2
1989 Fred Ferris 1
1990 Benny Binion 0
1991 David Reese 3
1992 Thomas Preston 4
1993 Jack Keller 3
1996 Julius Oral Popwell 0
1997 Roger Moore 1
2001 Stu Ungar 5
2002 Lyle Berman 3
2002 Johnny Chan 10
2003 Bobby Baldwin 4
2004 Berry Johnston 5
2005 Jack Binion 0
2005 Crandell Addington 0
2006 T.J. Cloutier 6
2006 Billy Baxter 7
2007 Barbara Enright 3
2007 Phil Hellmuth 13
2008 Dewey Tomko 3
2008 Henry Orenstein 0
2009 Mike Sexton 1
2010 Dan Harrington 2
2010 Erik Seidel 8
2011 Barry Greenstein 3
2011 Linda Johnson 1
2012 Eric Drache 0
2012 Bryan Roberts 2
2013 Tom McEvoy 4
2013 Scotty Nguyen 5
2014 Daniel Negreanu 6
2014 Jack McClelland 0
2015 John Juanda6 5
2015 Jennifer Harman6 2
2016 Carlos Mortensen6 2
2016 Todd Brunson6 1
2017 Phil Ivey6 10
2017 David Ulliott6 1
2018 John Hennigan6 5
2018 Mori Eskandani6 0

[SS] “Some notes:

  • No new members were added in 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, or 2000.
  • Doyle Brunson is the only person inducted from 1979 to 2001 who is still alive. Sailor Roberts is the only person inducted since 2002 who is deceased.
  • Thirty-three men were in the Poker Hall of Fame before Barbara Enright became the first woman in 2007. Linda Johnson was the second in 2011.
  • Negreanu and Chip Reese were both enshrined at the age of 40, which has been the youngest allowed since 2011, a couple years after the public nominated 23-year-old Tom Dwan.
  • Men Nguyen is the eligible player with the most WSOP bracelets, seven, who hasn’t been inducted. Layne Flack, Ted Forrest, Jay Heimowitz, and Jeff Lisandro are next with six.
  • Phil Ivey and his ten bracelets aren’t eligible until 2016.
  • Six members are primarily famous for non-playing accomplishments:7
    • 1979: Wild Bill Hickok – Legendary lawman and poker player who was shot in the back and killed while playing five card draw (holding two pairs, Aces over Eights, now known as Deadman’s Hand).
    • 1979: Edmond Hoyle – Died before poker was invented, but he’s honored for his role in codifying card game and other rules.
    • 1990: Benny Binion – Conceived the World Series of Poker (1970), which took place in Binion’s Horseshoe casino, which he had created from the Eldorado Club and the Apache Hotel.
    • 2005: Jack Binion – Son of Benny and President of Binion’s Horseshoe casino, which hosted the WSOP from 1970 to 2004 (and the end of the Main Event in 2005).
    • 2008: Henry Orenstein – Although he also played some poker, the inventor is best known for creating and patenting the hole card camera, one of the keys to the poker boom on television.
    • 2012: Eric Drache – Although he had three 2nd place finishes in WSOP stud events, he’s best known for putting together the first satellite tournaments for the WSOP in the 1970s.


  1. In his tournament career, McClelland has won $77,490, including taking down the $200 Heavenly Hold’em limit event at the Commerce for $33,966 on September 8, 2000.
  2. Quoted in Where Are They Now – Jack McClelland Poker Works.
  3. Tied with Kirk Morrison, who also cashed in four straight WPT events in 2007.
  4. Darren Elias joined the group by taking down the Borgata Poker Open and WPT Caribbean Main Events consecutively in September and November 2014 (first player to win consecutive events). {11/10/14 update}
  5. Jeff Lisandro matched him this year with a WSOP APAC bracelet.
  6. { Updates } John Juanda and Jennifer Harman were inducted in 2015, Carlos Mortensen and Todd Brunson in 2016, Phil Ivey and David Ulliott in 2017, and John Hennigan and Mori Eskandani in 2018.
  7. Non-players are required to have “contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible, positive, and lasting results”.

    Note: 1997 inductee Roger Moore is not the famous James Bond actor but a poker pro with $635,200 in career tournament earnings, including $144,000 from winning a bracelet at the 1994 WSOP in the $5,000 Seven-Card Stud event.

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