Poker Hall of Fame - What is it and who is a member?

The Poker Hall of Fame was founded in Las Vegas in 1979 by Benny Binion, owner of the Horseshoe Casino, to preserve the names and legacies of the world’s greatest poker players. Those who’ve been selected for the Poker Hall of Fame have stood the test of time and are considered among the best and most influential poker players that have ever lived. The minimum age requirement to be eligible for the PHoF is 40.

Player Country Sponsor Year Inducted
Brian Rast United States
Brian Rast
United States
United States
2023
Layne Flack United States
Layne Flack
United States
United States
2022
Eli Elezra Israel
Eli Elezra
Israel
Israel
2021
Huck Seed United States
Huck Seed
United States
United States
2020
Chris Moneymaker United States
Chris Moneymaker
United States
United States
2019
David Oppenheim United States
David Oppenheim
United States
United States
2019
John Hennigan United States
John Hennigan
United States
United States
2018
Mori Eskandani United States
Mori Eskandani
United States
United States
2018
Dave Ulliott United Kingdom
Dave Ulliott
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
2017
Phil Ivey United States
Phil Ivey
United States
United States
WPT Global 2017
Carlos Mortensen Spain
Carlos Mortensen
Spain
Spain
2016
Todd Brunson United States
Todd Brunson
United States
United States
2016
Jen Harman United States
Jen Harman
United States
United States
2015
John Juanda Indonesia
John Juanda
Indonesia
Indonesia
2015
Daniel Negreanu Canada
Daniel Negreanu
Canada
Canada
GGPoker 2014
Jack McClelland United States
Jack McClelland
United States
United States
2014
Scotty Nguyen United States
Scotty Nguyen
United States
United States
2013
Tom McEvoy United States
Tom McEvoy
United States
United States
2013
Brian "Sailor" Roberts United States
Brian "Sailor" Roberts
United States
United States
2012
Eric Drache United States
Eric Drache
United States
United States
2012
Barry Greenstein United States
Barry Greenstein
United States
United States
2011
Linda Johnson United States
Linda Johnson
United States
United States
2011
Dan Harrington United States
Dan Harrington
United States
United States
2010
Erik Seidel United States
Erik Seidel
United States
United States
2010
Mike Sexton United States
Mike Sexton
United States
United States
2009
Henry Orenstein Poland
Henry Orenstein
Poland
Poland
2008
Barbara Enright United States
Barbara Enright
United States
United States
2007
Phil Hellmuth United States
Phil Hellmuth
United States
United States
2007
Billy Baxter United States
Billy Baxter
United States
United States
2006
T.J. Cloutier United States
T.J. Cloutier
United States
United States
2006
Crandell Addington United States
Crandell Addington
United States
United States
2005
Jack Binion United States
Jack Binion
United States
United States
2005
Berry Johnston United States
Berry Johnston
United States
United States
2004
Bobby Baldwin United States
Bobby Baldwin
United States
United States
2003
Johnny Chan United States
Johnny Chan
United States
United States
2002
Lyle Berman United States
Lyle Berman
United States
United States
2002
Stu Ungar United States
Stu Ungar
United States
United States
2001
Roger Moore United States
Roger Moore
United States
United States
1997
Julius Oral Popwell United States
Julius Oral Popwell
United States
United States
1995
Jack Keller United States
Jack Keller
United States
United States
1993
Thomas "Amarillo Slim" Preston United States
Thomas "Amarillo Slim" Preston
United States
United States
1992
Chip Reese United States
Chip Reese
United States
United States
1991
Benny Binion United States
Benny Binion
United States
United States
1990
Fred Ferris United States
Fred Ferris
United States
United States
1989
Doyle Brunson United States
Doyle Brunson
United States
United States
1988
Jack "Treetop" Straus United States
Jack "Treetop" Straus
United States
United States
1988
Walter "Puggy" Pearson United States
Walter "Puggy" Pearson
United States
United States
1987
Henry Green United States
Henry Green
United States
United States
1986
Red Hodges United States
Red Hodges
United States
United States
1985
Murph Harrold United States
Murph Harrold
United States
United States
1984
Joe Bernstein United States
Joe Bernstein
United States
United States
1983
Tom Abdo United States
Tom Abdo
United States
United States
1982
Bill Boyd United States
Bill Boyd
United States
United States
1981
Blondie Forbes United States
Blondie Forbes
United States
United States
1980
Edmond Hoyle United Kingdom
Edmond Hoyle
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
1979
Felton McCorquodale United States
Felton McCorquodale
United States
United States
1979
Johnny Moss United States
Johnny Moss
United States
United States
1979
Nick "The Greek" Dandolos Greece
Nick "The Greek" Dandolos
Greece
Greece
1979
Red Winn United States
Red Winn
United States
United States
1979
Sid Wyman United States
Sid Wyman
United States
United States
1979
Wild Bill Hickok United States
Wild Bill Hickok
United States
United States
1979

What is the Poker Hall of Fame?

The Poker Hall of Fame is a virtual recognition of the very best players and personalities in poker. Each year, at least one new person is inducted into the HoF, and to date there are over 60 inductees, made up of some of the biggest and most recognisable names in the game.

How are members of the Poker Hall of Fame decided?

The members of the Poker Hall of Fame are decided by the WSOP. They release a list of 10 nominees, and then the existing, living members of the HoF will then vote on who they believe the next inductee should be. Nominations can be influenced by the public, but the ultimate decision of the nominee list lies with the WSOP.

What is the criteria to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame?

There are a few criteria a person must meet to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. After Tom Dwan was nearly added in 2009, then being just 23 years old, a rule was introduced where any inductee must be at least 40 years of age.

Inductees must also have played at high stakes, against ‘acknowledged top competition’ and ‘stood the test of time.’ Non-playing inductees must have made a significant contribution to poker or contributed to the growth or success of the game as a whole.

Poker Hall of Fame FAQs

Is Phil Ivey in the Poker Hall of Fame?

Yes, Phil Ivey is in the Poker HoF. The American was inducted in 2017, the same year he turned 40, and is largely considered as one of the best poker players of all time.

Is Daniel Negreanu in the Poker Hall of Fame?

Yes, Daniel Negreanu is in the Poker HoF. Similarly to Ivey, Negreanu was inducted when he turned 40, in 2014. The Canadian has continued to cement his legacy as one of the true greats of the game, and is currently the main ambassador for GG Poker.

Are there any women in the Poker Hall of Fame?

Yes, several women have been inducted into the Poker HoF, including the likes of Jennifer Harman. The first women to be inducted was Barbara Enright in 2007. Enright was the first (and to date, the only) female to reach the final table of the WSOP Main Event, and also the first woman to win three WSOP bracelets.

Who was the 2023 inductee into the Poker Hall of Fame?

Brian Rast was the 2023 inductee into the Poker HoF. Rast has six WSOP bracelets and more than $25 million in live poker tournament earnings.