The nine finalists, popularly known as the November Nine, of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014 Main Event, were determined early this July, as a result of which the poker world has almost fallen asleep. The most exciting thing at present is the Poker Hall of Fame nomination as the public has been invited to start voting.
The Poker Hall of Fame wants to induct poker pros who meet criteria such as the following. They should be at least 40 years of age. They should have played high-stakes poker against established professional poker players. They should have retained their position as top poker players for a considerable period of time. Even those who do not play poker, but have contributed greatly to the growth of the game, are eligible to be inducted.
The public can nominate poker players or non-players till Aug 15 by visiting WSOP.com and completing an online form. The names of all those suggested will then be broken down to a list of top ten nominees, which will be submitted to a nominating committee in September. The final Nominating Committee comprises carefully handpicked members of the poker media and living Poker Hall of Fame members. When the WSOP finalists come together in November to play the final table of the WSOP 2014 Main Event, the names of the two newest members of the Poker Hall of Fame, voted by the Nominating Committee, will be announced.
Last year, several international poker players were nominated for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame. Some of them were Carlos Mortensen and Thor Hansen, who have contributed greatly to the game. This year, the name of Terry Rogers could also be suggested for the important role he played in the history of UK poker. Liam Flood, who won the Irish Poker Open twice, could also be nominated.
Daniel Negreanu, who turned 40 on July 26, could also be nominated as he has been one of the greatest ambassadors for poker ever since the early 2000s. He has not only won six WSOP bracelets, but has earned the undying respect of his fellow players.
Those who do not play poker, but have contributed to its growth, such as George Hardie, who heads the Bicycle Casino, and Andy Glazer, who has written a number of poker articles, along with WSOP Media Director Nolan Dalla and WSOP Tournament Director Matt Savage also have a chance of getting nominated this year.