2020 Poker Hall of Fame Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2020 Poker Hall of Fame are: Patrik Antonius, Lon McEachern and Norman Chad, Eli Elezra, Antonio Esfandiari, Chris Ferguson, Ted Forrest, Mike Matusow, Matt Savage, Isai Scheinberg and Huck Seed.

Being a finalist doesn’t mean they will get in. There are three new finalists including poker commentators MCEachern and Chad. They were on hand when Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 WSOP Main event starting the “Moneymaker effect” that kicked off online poker for the masses in a big way.
Antonius, a Finnish poker pro, has over $12 million in live tournament earnings including a $3 million runner-up against Justin Bonomo in a Super High Roller Bowl China.
Isai Scheinberg, founder of PokerStars, is another finalist. Where would the world of poker be without him. He created the largest poker site in the world, bailed out Fulltilt and is really a modern day poker Messiah.
According to the WSOP, the criteria for the induction is as follows:

• A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
• Be a minimum of 40 years old at the time of nomination
• Played for high stakes
• Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
• Stood the test of time
• Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.
The sole inductee will be announced December 30 before the WSOP heads-up event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel in Vegas.

2017 Aria Super High Roller Bowl Poker Series

Perhaps the most exclusive of all highstakes poker tournaments, the Aria Super High Roller Bowl, is in full effect. 55 high stakes poker players will be competing in the event that sports a buy-in of $300,000. Yes that’s three-hundred-thousand dollar buy-in per seat. To be considered, potential players have to put down a $30,000 deposit! This will be the year’s most lucrative poker tournament.
The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl saw German poker player Raine Kempe pocket $5 million dollars. Fedor Holz, another German took home second place prize of $3.5 million dollars. The 2017 payouts are bigger. The first seven finishers will be in the money. Top prize is $6 million and second prize is $3.6 million. The seventh place finisher will get $600,000. The total payouts are $16,800,000. The Super High Roller Bowl runs from May 28th till June 1st.
The poker pros who are scheduled to be in this event and brief bio include:
Andrew Lichtenberger
From East Northport, Ny, Andrew Lichtenberger, 29, is an American poker player. Aka LuckyChewy, his total live poker earnings are almost $9 million dollars with his best cash at $1.7 million dollars in the 2014 World Poker Classic. His second best cash was last year in the 2016 $3000 No Limit Holdem Event 52 for $569,158. He is sponsored by Ivey Poker.

Andrew Robl
Aka good2cu is an American poker player from Michigan.Andrew Robl, 30, has gone broke several times before hitting it big. Though he focuses on cash games, he won the 2013 Aussie Millions for $1 million dollars. His total live earnings are over $4 million dollars.

Ankush Mandavia
From Georgia, Ankush Mandavia has total live earnings greater than $4 million dollars. His top cash was nearly $800,000 in the No Limit Holdem Eight Max event at the EPT XII Jan 2016.

Antonio Esfandiari
A former magician, Antonio Esfandiari, has made history in the poker world with the largest cash ever, The One Drop for Water Tournament where he took home over $18 million dollars. His total live earnings exceed $27 million dollars. He has been in several movies and involved with tv shows like “Underground Poker”, a three-part mini series on the Discovery Channel.

Benjamin Sulsky
From Brewster, Mass. Benjamin Sulsky has nearly $2 million in live earnings. His greatest cash was over $1 million at the 2015 One Drop Event 58.
Benjamin Tollerene
From Texas, Benjamin Tollerine is an up and coming player. His most recent cash and one of his largest was over $500,000 in the Poker Stars Panama Event 5 in March 2017. His total earnings are near $3 million dollars.

Bill Klein
Bill Klein is a retired businessman turned poker pro. He’s had several cashes at the Aria including the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl for nearly $350,000. His largest cash was nearly $2.5 million dollars at the 2015 One Drop for Water Tournament.
William Perkins
A renaissance man in the making, William Perkins runs the Skylar Hedge Fund Investment group. He’s produced three major motion pictures and plays poker as a past time. His career earnings are nearly $3 million dollars. He is friends with Dan Bilzerian.

Robert Baldwin
One of the older players in the tournament at 65, Robert Baldwin is a casino executive who is CEO of Mirage Resorts and overseas several Mandalay Resort Group resorts. The Bellagio has a high stakes poker room named after him called “Bobby’s Room”. He has four WSOP bracelets under his belt.

Brian Rast
He was valedictorian at his high school but later dropped out of Stanford to become a poker player. He never looked back. He’s earned three WSOP bracelets and has made several videos on playing poker. A major poker player, his total earnings are over $20 million dollars.

Bryn Kenny
Bryn Kenny is no stranger to the Aria. He regularly plays the Monthly High Stakes Tournament there that has a $25,000 buy-in. His total winnings are over $14 million dollars. He was runner up in the Aria High Roller Series in both #54 and #55 and is second on their leaderboard.

Byron Kaverman
Another poker player familiar with the Aria High Roller Events, Byron Kaverman has nearly $10 million in live cashes. He cashed at the Aria Hotel Feb 4 in their Super High Roller for over $100,000. He also had multiple cashes over a million dollars at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas in January 2017.

Cary Katz
The student loan mogul and pro poker player had an opulent Las Vegas mansion on the market some years ago. He also founded Poker Central. He often plays at The Aria Super High Roller Event and cashed most recently March 4 for $92,000. His total earnings are over $10 million dollars.

Christian Christner
A newcomer in the high stakes poker world, his total earnings are slightly over $600,000. He has most recently cashed in PokerStars Championship Panama. He hails from Germany.

Christoph Vogelsang
One of Germany’s top poker players, Vogelsang has the Big One for One Drop under his belt for a whopping cash of $4.5 million in 2014. His total other cashes round out his total cashes of nearly $7.5 million dollars.
Other players who are scheduled to be in this event include Daniel Negreanu, Daniel Colman, Jason Mercier and more.

Fabian Quoss crowned winner of PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller Tournament – Wins $1,629,940

Fabian Quoss wins $100,000 PCA Tourney. This is the first major title win for Fabian Quoss who placed at final tables at four major tourneys in 2013.
Dan Shak and Quoss went heads up in the final table. Shak has gone to the PCA Super High Roller final table three times previously and he’s someone to look at in the future obviously. His take home for the event was $1,178,980. Quoss wins cash , a trophy and SLYDE watch worth over $20,000. His career earnings stand at almost $5,000,000. He is now a top ranked German player at number four on the all time money list. Third place went to Vanessa Selbst who also won big in the regular High Roller tourney. She wins over $750,000 . Fourth place went to One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari who won over $570,000. The winners list as follows:

1 Fabian Quoss $1,629,940
2 Dan Shak $1,178,980
3 Vanessa Selbst $760,640
4 Antonio Esfandiari $575,920
5 Matt Glantz $445,520
6 Tony Gregg $347,720
7 Ole Schemion $277,080
8 Mike McDonald $217,320