The Poker Hall of Fame has tabbed John Juanda and Jennifer Harman for induction this year, marking the 49th and 50th individuals selected for enshrinement in the prestigious club.
Poker Hall of Fame announces Class of 2015: https://t.co/Gg2hyCCSjm— WSOP (@WSOP) October 26, 2015
Harman becomes the third female to join the HOF, following Barbara Enright and Linda Johnson. She is the first multiple WSOP gold bracelet winner among the fairer sex, having captured WSOP titles in 2000 and 2002.
Other accomplishments for Harman include reaching 12 final tables in WSOP events and two more in World Poker Tour action. Her career earnings on the tournament circuit add up to more than $2.7 million, while her prowess at the high stakes cash games was also likely noted by the 23 living HOF members and 16 poker media representatives who voted for her inclusion.
“It’s truly an honor to be selected into the PHOF,” Harman 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.”
Titles Won on 4 Continents
The Indonesian-born Juanda has five WSOP titles on his resume, as well as championships at PPT, APT, WPT and EPT events. The 44-year-old has lifetime tournament winnings over $17 million.
“I appreciate the recognition,” Juanda said. “It’s an honor to see my name among so many players I have admired and respected throughout my career: Chip Reese, Erik Seidel, Dan Harrington, Daniel Negreanu. Thank you to all the fans who nominated me and to the HOF and media members who voted me in.”
The 2015 Poker HOF Class will be inducted on November 6 at Binion’s Gambling Hall, the WSOP’s home from 1970-2004. Juanda won three of his five WSOP titles at Binion’s, while Harman won both of hers there as well.
“Congratulations to the newest members of the Poker Hall of Fame,” said WSOP Executive Director and Poker Hall of Fame governing council member Ty Stewart. “Both Jen and John are well-respected long-time poker players who have paid their dues and deserving to represent the 2015 class.”
The dinner and induction ceremony is a precursor to the 2015 WSOP Main Event final table that is scheduled to reconvene on Nov. 8 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino. One of the November Nine will be crowned the champion on Nov. 10.
My faith in the Poker HOF is renewed. Knew Jennifer was a cinch to go in and Juanda was my 2nd choice. Notice they meet ALL of the criteria— Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) October 26, 2015
Ten individuals were nominated to represent this year’s HOF class. The eight nominees left on the rail include Carlos Mortensen, David Chiu, Matt Savage, Chris Bjorin, Max Pescatori, Bruno Fitoussi, Terry Rogers and David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott.
The selection of Juanda and Harman certainly was not a surprise, as both are highly deserving according to the criteria established for enshrinement. However, some players and fans were known to be rooting for Ulliott to get the call. The Devilfish passed away in April at 61 years of age.
About 50% of the Poker HOF don't belong because the criteria is there for a reason. If the player doesn't meet everything, they don't belong— Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) October 26, 2015
Phil Ivey turns 40 next February and is a likely shoo-in for the HOF in 2016.