WSOP Announces Todd Brunson and Carlos Mortensen for Poker Hall of Fame Induction

It was announced today by the World Series of Poker that Todd Brunson and Carlos Mortensen will be the next two individuals inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. The players will mark the 51st and 52nd inductees of the Poker Hall of Fame, with a formal ceremony taking place on October 26th at Binion’s Gambling Hall.

Binion’s Gambling Hall, located in the downtown area of Las Vegas, played host to the WSOP beginning in 1970 to 2004. The ceremony will begin at 7:00pm, with both men being honored during the start of the final table of the Main Event tournament on the 30th.

The public brought the list of inductees down to ten individuals and these finalists were then voted on by a panel which consists of the living members of the Poker Hall of Fame as well as those involved in the media. This vote determined that Brunson and Mortensen will be the next inducted.

Additional finalists who were up for the vote included:

  • Chris Bjorin
  • Humberto Brenes
  • Eli Elezra
  • Bruno Fitoussi
  • Chris Moneymaker
  • Max Pescatori
  • Matt Savage
  • David Ulliott

Brunson commented on being named an inductee by stating that it is a true honor to be inducted by his peers into the prestigious institution. Brunson talked about how he grew up going to the ceremonies and that he has always respected and admired the members. He considers joining the ranks an honor of a lifetime.

Mortensen also commented on being inducted, stating he has played the game for over 20 years as a professional. The game has given him many things that he cherishes and he has always wanted to be included among the great players of the game who make up the Poker Hall of Fame. He is very happy to be included in the company of such legends.


$5 Million Win Earned by Todd Brunson

Most every day, professional poker players hit the felt either online or at their favorite casino to pad their poker gaming accounts. Consistent game play is needed to keep the bankroll full for the next big tournament and one poker pro has just padded his account with several million dollars. Todd Brunson is the son of Doyle Brunson, poker legend, and has made a name for himself in the poker industry as a top player. Brunson recently took on a billionaire businessman and ended up placing $5 million in his bank account!

Andy Beal, a Texas businessman was at Bobby’s Room in Las Vegas at the Bellagio when Brunson just so happened to be playing as well. Brunson was able to take $5 million from the billionaire businessman during game play and Brunson reported the incident via Twitter.

Kyle Loman is a poker pro who was reportedly at the poker room during the matchup between Brunson and Beal and saw the two going head to head. The game was hold’em and the stakes were sitting at $50,000 to $100,000 according to information provided by Loman.

Reportedly, Brunson’s father Doyle was also at the card room watching as the action unfolded. Later on, Loman took to Twitter to state that after Brunson took the $5 million from Beal they fist bumped, which seems odd after someone took a ton of cash from your pocket! Brunson took to Twitter as well after the incident and stated that he came to nice steak house to enjoy dinner, without a reservation. There was a big line and they asked if he was celebrating anything and he replied, yes he was, a $5 million win from yesterday.

It is amazing to see just how much cash a poker pro can win after sitting down at the felt for just a few hours. Brunson earned a major payday with the sit down with Beal and will have a nice cushion for game play in the future.