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Huck Seed Enters the 2020 Poker Hall of Fame

Huckleberry “Huck” Seed is the latest face to enter the Poker Hall of Fame.

Announced by the World Series of Poker on Wednesday, the four-time bracelet winner, former basketball player and student of electrical engineering received 76 votes from the living members of the Poker Hall of Fame.

Huck Seed, a Career

“Hearing the news that I am being inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame this year brought back memories of my early poker days, walking into the Binion’s Horseshoe, about to start a poker session, admiring all the Poker Hall of Famers on the wall,” Seed said in a statement.

And Huck really does have a lot to remember.

Seed, who is now 51, not only won $1 million at the 1996 World Series of Poker Main Event and was not only a four-time WSOP bracelet winner but, according to the Hendon Mob Poker Database, has racked up more than $7.6 million in career tournament earnings.

Huck won his first WSOP bracelet in a $2,500 buy-in Pot-limit Omaha event in 1994. His other bracelets came in the $1,500 Razz in 2000 and $5,000 Razz in 2003. He also won the WSOP Tournament of Champions in 2010 for $500,000.

Earlier this month, fellow Hall of Famer Erik Seidel tweeted that Seed was his pick for this year, citing Seed’s success in high-stakes cash games, his tournament results, and his reputation in the community.

The 31 living members of the Poker Hall of Fame were eligible to cast up to 10 votes across the slate of finalists. With one member deciding to abstain from voting, the 51-year-old Santa Clara native netted 76 of a possible 300 votes, earning this year’s honor.

Tough Competition

The final vote count looked like this:

  • Huckleberry Seed – 76 votes
  • Matt Savage – 51 votes
  • Isai Scheinberg – 45 votes
  • Eli Elezra – 30 votes
  • Antonio Esfandiari – 23 votes
  • Lon McEachern and Norman Chad – 20 votes
  • Ted Forrest – 20 votes
  • Mike Matusow – 17 votes
  • Patrik Antonius – 15 votes
  • Chris Ferguson – 3 votes

As we can see, the longtime tournament director Matt Savage finished second with 51 votes, and Isai Scheinberg, the founder of the online poker site PokerStars, was third with 45.

Being the beloved tournament director that he is, if there were a separate wing for poker industry types, Matt Savage would be a first-ballot HOF. But he’s also one of the few crossover figures that are also worthy of a nomination into the regular Hall of Fame.

Isai Scheinberg is an Israeli-Canadian former senior programmer for IBM Canada. With PokerStars Scheinberg helped a lot of careers and made a lot of money, not only for himself – but is a somewhat polarizing figure in the industry.

Eli Elezra, another Israeli and another four-time WSOP bracelet winner and a perfect example of someone who fits all the requirements for the Poker Hall of Fame. During his era, he was among the best players in both tournaments and cash games. He was also one of the most notable players during the apex of the poker boom.

The Iranian Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari is one of the most colorful characters in the world of poker and rightfully deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame and it was somewhat a surprise that he only received 23 votes. With nearly $28,000,000 in tournament winnings and three WSOP titles to his credit, this former magician has managed to hold his own for quite some time now.

Among other things, Esfandiari is also an ambassador of the game, having enormous popularity among Iranian online poker players (even with highly restricted gambling in the region). Their gambling laws don’t let Iran’s residents simply walk into a live brick-and-mortar poker room.

Therefore, as ArabianBetting reports, being the only option available, players opt for all kinds of online poker instead – from Texas Holdem and Omaha to Caribbean Stud, which besides accessibility also offers great privacy. Esfandiari is one of the reasons for poker’s popularity in Iran and being an ambassador as he is, it would be well expected he entered 2020’s Hall of Fame.

Huck Seed, a Character

Seed stands out in more ways than one. In a poker room, this former basketball player is hard to miss at 6 feet 7 inches tall. He was also a poker standout, among the high-stakes community.

But he might be even more renowned for his legendary prop bets away from the table. A couple of the more noteworthy bets include Seed losing a five-figure sum to Phil Hellmuth when he claimed he could float in the ocean for 24 hours and winning $10,000 from Howard Lederer when he said he could learn to do a standing back-flip in two days.

A real character and a worthy new member of the Poker Hall of Fame!

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