Ten poker players have been nominated for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame on the basis of strict criteria. The nominated players are required to have participated in prestigious poker tournaments, staked high, earned the respect of other players, and maintained an excellent reputation over time. Even a non-player can be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame provided he/she has contributed greatly to the growth and development of poker. In addition, the nominees should not be younger than 40 years.

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The nominees are Annie Duke, Barry Greenstein, Marcel Luske, Jennifer Harman, John Juanda, Scotty Nguyen, Linda Johnson, Tom McEvoy, Huck Seed, and Jack McClelland.

Greenstein, who had earned the nick name of “Robin Hood of Poker” for his generous habit of donating all his poker tournament winnings to charitable institutions and making a living on cash game winnings alone, has so far donated over $7.5 million to various charities.

Besides winning a number of poker titles, Annie Duke is a staunch advocate for online poker and a great player. Harman, who has 2 WSOP bracelets to her credit, is believed to be one of the best female cash game players in the industry.

Luske has to his credit poker winnings coming up to $4 million. Nguyen, the WSOP 1998 Main Event winner, has a WPT 2006 title to his credit. He has won over $11.4 million playing poker tournaments alone. Juanda has collected 5 WSOP bracelets and a total of $12 million in poker tournament winnings.

Johnson is one of the founders of the Tournament Directors’ Association and has spent some years publishing CardPlayer, besides writing and organizing for CardPlayer Cruises. In 2009, she was one of the founders of the PokerGives.org, a charitable organization. Mike Sexton had titled her as First Lady of Poker.

Seed won the Main Event of WSOP 1996 besides winning the National Heads Up Championship in 2009 and the WSOP Tournament of Champions in 2010. McEvoy, who won the Main Event of WSOP 1983, was the first player who won a WSOP seat through qualifying satellites. Although he has 4 WSOP bracelets to his credit, he is known for his writings on poker. McClelland is the WPT and WSOP tournament director.

The 18 living people inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame as well as a panel of 17 members will choose the winners and announce their names later this month. The honor will be presented to them in November.

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