Date: 4 weeks ago   Category: Poker

The rich man Esfandiari and old men applies for the post in the Hall of Fame of poker


On July 8 the special jury will choose from ten applicants of the pokerist which will forever enter the name in history of the World WSOP series in Las Vegas of Steel nominees for the place in the Hall of Fame of a World series of poker of WSOP are known. Annually authoritative jury chooses one or two known and dear pokerist and at a ceremony during a final table of the Main event of WSOP immortalizes their names. This year selection criteria in the list of "elite" changed a little. The applicant has to be not less than 40 years old, he has to be the participant of top competitions, play on high limits and, of course, win respect of rivals and the public. Also not the player, but the person who made for promoting and development of a game much can get to the Hall of Fame. This time for the first time in the list of 10 nominees there was American Antonio Esfandiari to whom 40 years were executed in December. Let's remind, Antonio holds leadership in quantity prize-winning, earned on the WSOP tournaments for all history. On a World series of Esfandiari won more than $21.5 million from which he received the lion's share ($18.3 million) in 2012 for a victory in a tournament of superkhayroller from bay-other $1,000,000. Antonio is in the lead in Pokernews poll now — 28% consider that it will get to WSOP Hall of Fame. On the second place there is American Chris Manimeyker (16% of voices). And though Chris not often speaks recently at large tournaments, it is difficult to overestimate his contribution to development of poker. After Manimeyker's victory on WSOP 2004 in the world the real poker boom began. The third and fourth places in vote are taken by dear "old men" of Elie Elezr (13%) and Mike Matusov (12%). By the way, 58-year-old Elezra already managed to cause a stir on a World series this year, having won the fourth champion bracelet. Also among applicants there are known pokerist Chris Ferguson, Haque Cyd, David Chu, Chris Byorin and David Oppenheim. The jury will render the verdict on July 8. Read also: World WSOP series: one more finalka for the Ukrainian and Olga Ermolcheva's start

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