Daniel Negreanu to be inducted into Poker Hall of Fame
There was never any doubt Daniel Negreanu would make it into the Poker Hall of Fame. He's first on the all-time money winning list. He's one of poker's greatest ambassadors. He's the guy who takes time away from the tables to talk to fans and pose for pictures. On the list of amazing things he's done: he did almost all of his amazing things before he turned 40.
But being 40 years old is one of the requirements for being in the Hall of Fame, so until this year when the Team PokerStars Pro hit the big 4-0, he was never eligible.
Well, just moments ago, the Hall of Fame Governing Council announced Negreanu has been chosen for induction on the very first ballot. He will join poker legend Jack McClelland as the 47th and 48th Hall of Fame members. Both men were among those nominated by the public and voted on by Hall of Fame members and a Blue Ribbon Media Panel.
Negreanu has won more than $30 million and six WSOP gold bracelets. He is the only two-time WSOP Player of the Year winner.
"It's an honor to be inducted alongside so many great players that have come before me," Negreanu said. "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."
The official induction to the Hall of Fame will be Sunday November 9 in Las Vegas.
Congratulations to both Negreanu and McClelland.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging