Poker Hall of Fame to Induct Daniel Negreanu and Jack McClelland

Every year, the Poker Hall of Fame adds new members based on certain criteria. The accolade is given to those who have contributed to the game of poker and by late October/early November, we usually see who exactly has made the cut. The WSOP hosts the induction ceremony alongside the final table of the Main Event, and has announced that this year, Daniel Negreanu and Jack McClelland will be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.

This is the first time that Negreanu has been eligible for induction as he just reached the 40 year old age minimum to be eligible for nomination. With the induction, Negreanu and McClelland will be number 47 and 48 to be inducted into the prestigious Poker Hall of Fame. Both men earned their nomination by the public and were voted in by a panel of 41 people, living members of the Poker Hall of Fame as well as poker media.

It is no surprise that Negreanu has earned a spot in the Poker Hall of Fame. Having played the game for decades and earned almost $30 million in tournament earnings, he continues to be a driving force in the poker industry. McClelland is a former poker dealer who directed the WSOP in the 80s and ran the poker room of the Bellagio until last year. He just recently retired so it is a nice gesture to earn a sport in the Hall of Fame so quickly after retirement.

McClelland stated that he was very grateful for the opportunity to be inducted and is excited of the prospect. He thanked everyone who is involved in the process including the WPT, WSOP and people who he has worked with over the years.

Both men were chosen over several top pros who were also nominated for induction. Jennifer Harman, Mike Matusow, Huckleberry Seed, Bob Hooks, Humberto Brenes, Chris Bjorin, Ted Forrest and Bruno Fitoussi were all nominated for induction but did not quite make the cut.



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