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Jim "Pocket Bullets" ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Since 1979, when the Poker Hall of Fame was established by the owner of  the Horseshoe Casino, Benny Binion, to honor the world’s greatest poker players, 50 world class poker players have been inducted. Johnny “The Grand Old Man of Poker” Moss was the very first inductee and with this announcement, the total is now 52.

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The Class of 2016 added a couple of new members, Todd Brunson and Carlos Mortensen, to poker’s most exclusive club, the Poker Hall of Fame.

Todd Brunson“It’s a true honor to be inducted by my peers into this prestigious institution,” said Todd Brunson. “I literally grew up attending these ceremonies and have always respected and admired its members. To join their ranks is the honor of a lifetime.”

Carlos MortensenCarlos Mortensen was heard saying, “I have been playing poker professionally for more than 20 years. This game has given me so many things that I have come to cherish. I’ve always wanted to be included among the great players who make up the Poker Hall of Fame. To be included with the legends makes me very happy. I want to thank my friends, the poker fans, and all the people who vote for me. I take this honor very seriously.”

The official induction will occur Oct. 26 at the Binion’s Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, kicking off the November Nine festivities just before the World Series of Poker Main Event final table at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Oct. 30 through Nov. 1.

The criteria for the Poker Hall of Fame is as follows:

  • 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.

When Harrah’s Entertainment, now known as Caesars Entertainment, acquired the rights to the WSOP in 2004, it also assumed ownership of the Poker Hall of Fame. Currently, membership in the Poker Hall of Fame is handled directly by the WSOP.

Have any of you ever wanted to be known as a “kick ass” poker player? If you answered yes, then you best sit in on as many poker tables as you can to try to perfect your game. It’s possible, even if only remotely, that you could then be considered among the very best. Of course it’s a lot more likely that you’ll start to win more and, at the very least, have a helluva lot more fun.

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As I’ve stated over and over, the 44th Annual World Series of Poker was not just exciting, it was everything you could ever want from a “Thrill Ride.” Being there and watching the faces of the conquerors as they slammed down their winning hands was priceless. We all know that with any victory comes the anguished looks of defeat, and so it was for thousands of dreamers this year as it is every year, but there were many who, although may not have seen their dreams fully realized, were still able to walk away with huge paydays.James Alexander and Jim Paris

Take, for example, James Alexander, whose dream was shattered a bit early taking him out in 19th place, but still able to hold his head high and smile for this photo with me just before heading over to pick up his check for $285,408.

When it got down to only ten players and the poker tables were merged to only one feature table, I was fortunate enough to have landed a seat at the rail as you can see by this pic (if you look very closely; I highlighted it for you). It was exhilarating to say the least, and when Carlos Mortensen was eliminated in tenth place ($573,204) and the Final Jim Paris at Rail Main Event Feature TableNine…the November Nine were confirmed, it was as if an earthquake had shaken the foundation of the Rio Hotel with everyone happily contributing to the jarring sensations. Especially the nine players whose names would all be written down in poker history. . .  for dreamers to read about them and know in their hearts that dreams can and do come true, as long as you can handle your poker chips.

Here are your November Nine, their chip counts, and their designated seat numbers:Paris Feature Table

Seat 1: Sylvain Loosli – 19,600,000
Seat 2: Michiel Brummelhuis – 11,275,000
Seat 3: Mark Newhouse – 7,350,000
Seat 4: Ryan Riess – 25,875,000
Seat 5: Amir Lehavot – 29,700,000

Seat 6: Marc-Etienne McLaughlin – 26,525,000
Seat 7: JC Tran – 38,000,000
Seat 8: David Benefield – 6,375,000
Seat 9: Jay Farber – 25,975,000

Who knows, one of these days  I may be sitting at the feature table of the World Series of Poker…. I can see it now!

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