Jennifer Harman and John Juanda, both professional poker players, will be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame for this year at a glittering ceremony scheduled to be held next month.
Among those nominated for the Poker Hall of Fame were Matt Savage, Max Pescatori, Chris Bjorin, David Ulliott, David Chiu, Bruno Fitoussi, Terry Rogers, and Carlos Mortensen. Every year, ten people are nominated for the Poker Hall of Fame and two of them are selected for induction. Harman and Juanda will be the 49th and 50th poker personalities to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.
The two were voted by 16 representatives of the poker media and the 23 living members of the Poker Hall of Fame. Although all the ten finalists equally deserved the honor, Juanda and Harman ought to have been inducted long back.
Juanda is among the most successful tournament poker players in the game’s history. The professional poker player has earned over $16.5 million in the course of his career and has won over 30 titles, five from the World Series of Poker (WSOP) alone. Since Juanda has made it to the WSOP final tables 32 times, he has earned more than $5 million in WSOP winnings. He won his fourth WSOP bracelet at the WSOPE 2008 Main Event and his fifth three years later at Las Vegas. A few weeks back, he won the Barcelona leg of the European Poker Tour (EPT) and took home $1,186,208.
The 44-year-old poker pro said: “It’s an honor to see my name among so many players I have admired and respected throughout my career. Thank you to all the fans who nominated me and to the HOF and media members who voted me in.”
Harman is an excellent cash game player who had been nominated for the Poker Hall of Fame several times. The 50-year-old professional poker player has earned around $2.5 million playing poker tournaments. In addition, she has won two bracelets and has reached the World Poker Tour (WPT) final tables twice. She reached the WSOP final tables 12 times and finished in the cash 32 times.
Expressing her happiness, she said: “Poker has been an unbelievable journey for me and to have the respect of my peers is truly amazing. I want to thank everyone for the amazing support.”
The two will be inducted at a special induction ceremony held at Binion’s Gambling Hall on Nov 6.