Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
Poker players have been asked what poker skills would they want for Christmas. Funny, but their answers were all the same things that I had on my list for this Christmas:
2. Play re-bet pots like the pros
3. Knowing what the perfect bet size should always be
4. The ability to make the right decision at every moment
5. Improve my online skills
6. Telepathic abilities to read my opponents
7. Good luck
Pretty unrealistic, I guess, but it’s all in good fun. Whatever your poker skills Christmas wish list is, we hope you get everything you want. And to help that along, you may want to pick up a few poker gifts for yourself and your loved ones.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy Holiday Season. And of course, we wish you all “Good Luck.”
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Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris
If you act quickly, you can still go to WSOP.com/PHOF and nominate someone for the Poker Hall of Fame. The poker stars nominated in 2019 are all still eligible, and they are, in alphabetical order: Chris Bjorn; David Chiu; Eli Elezra; Antonio Esfandiari; Chris Ferguson; Ted Forrest; Mike Matusow; and Huckleberry Seed.
The final ballot will be unveiled by Caesars Entertainment on Wednesday, Dec. 16th, at which point it will be sent to the 32 living Hall of Fame members to cast their votes. The sole 2020 inductee will be revealed and honored during the WSOP Main Event heads-up finale on Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Whoever is selected will become the 56th individual inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame and follow in the footsteps of Chris Moneymaker and David Oppenheim, who comprised the class of 2019. There are currently 25 living PHOF members.
In order to be eligible for the PHOF, the candidates must meet the following criteria:
- 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
Our preferred choice is Antonio Esfandiari. Not only is he a great poker player who has amassed a fortune of more than $20,000,000.00, but he is also an actor, having appeared in the “Entourage” TV series. He also appeared as an undercover officer in the movie Freelancers starring Robert De Niro. Plus, he is a professional magician. But most of all he seems to be a very cool dude at the poker tables.
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