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.


Hollywood Celeb Makes WSOP Final Table

The 2015 World Series of Poker is in full swing and many celebrities and sports stars take part in the many tournament events, alongside the top pros in the industry. Some celebs, even make the game of poker a pastime or secondary career. It was just recently revealed that actor James Woods has earned a spot at the final table while competing in the No Limit Hold’em Shootout event.

The $3,000 buy-in is chump change for the actor who has starred in countless hit movies. In the event, which began on Wednesday, Woods was able to outlast the competition and make it to final table play. On Twitter, Woods posted that ‘Life is Good’ with updates to the WSOP event.

In this tournament, players must win at their table to advance to the next round of competition. Basically the Shootout is a series of single-table tournaments and the winner will take home a gold bracelet, the most coveted prize of the WSOP. Woods defeated poker pro Athanasios Polychronopoulos in heads up play on Thursday to move on to Friday where he took on Doug Polk. Woods would be victorious and move on to the next round, final table play.

Final table play continued over the weekend and Woods winning streak would end. The famous movie star would go out in 7th place but would be happy to have earned his first final table appearance in the WSOP. In the end it would be Nick Petrangelo who defeated Jason Les to earn the first place win that included the gold WSOP bracelet.

This would be a first bracelet for Petrangelo and would help the pro earn over $1 million for the year in tournament winnings. The action continues as more pros and celebrities hit the gaming tables to take part in the best events in the poker industry!