The Poker Hall of Fame officially has two new members. On Thursday, Daniel Negreanu and Jack McClelland were announced as the 2014 class for the Professional Poker Hall of Fame.
The pair will become the 47th and 48th individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame. Both emerged as finalists after a public nomination process and were forwarded to a voting panel that included living Hall of Fame members and select members of the poker media.
Negreanu Was a Lock As Soon as He Turned 40
Daniel Negreanu’s induction into the Hall of Fame this year was as close to a “stone cold lock” as you can get in poker. Negreanu has been one of the games best players since the late 1990’s and is the most consistent winner in live tournament poker history.
KidPoker’s many accomplishments include the following: $29.79 million in tournament earnings (#1 All-Time); six World Series of Poker bracelets; two World Poker Tour titles; one of only two players in history to win bracelets in all three WSOP venues; winner of 1999 United States Poker Championship; and has won over $1 million in a single year eight times.
Along with his accomplishments at the table, Negreanu has served as the ultimate poker ambassador. In addition to his sponsorship duties at PokerStars, Negreanu has been prominently featured on numerous televised poker programs, including World Series of Poker broadcasts. He is also a top fan favorite on the circuit and is truly the face of modern poker.
On being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Negreanu stated, “It’s an honor to be inducted alongside so many great players that have come before me. An even bigger honor to be recognized at age 40, the same age as the legend Chip Reese. Thank you to the living members of the Poker Hall of Fame and those on the Blue Ribbon Media Panel that voted for me.”
McClelland Spent Five Decades Improving the Game
Like many people that move to Las Vegas, Jack McClelland came to Sin City looking toward one path but ultimately settling into another. A former semi-professional bowler, McClelland started working in the casino industry as a dealer and slowly worked his way up the ladder until he started running some of the largest poker rooms in the industry.
McClelland’s colleagues are a who’s who of the poker industry. In the past, he has worked with Hall of Famers Jack Binion, Bobby Baldwin and Eric Drache in running poker rooms around Las Vegas. In the 1980’s, McClelland was best known as the Tournament Director for the World Series of Poker. Fast forward to 2002 and he took over the poker room at the Bellagio. It was there that he teamed up with Mike Sexton to bring World Poker Tour events to the Bellagio, a venue that hosted numerous events including the WPT Championship.
McClelland was one of the most respected tournament directors in the industry and has worked major tournaments all over the world. He helped grow the game around the world for the better part of five decades and helped set the standard for the modern day poker tournament.
Speaking on his induction, McClelland commented, “Being inducted into the Class of 2014 Poker Hall of Fame is a very exciting prospect and I am sure it will be a very humbling experience. I thank everyone involved in this process and to the WSOP, WPT and all of the great people I have met and the wonderful people I have worked with throughout the years. Thank you for bestowing this honor upon me. I am very grateful.”
The pair will officially be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday November 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Binion’s Gambling Hall. Binions was the former home of the WSOP from its inception in 1970 until 2004. A dinner and induction ceremony will be held in the former Benny’s Bullpen, now known as the Longhorn Room. The pair will also be recognized during the November Nine final table on November 10.