Daniel Negreanu Enters Poker Hall of Fame

Daniel Smyth in Poker News 29 Oct 2014
Daniel Negreanu will be celebrating his latest poker accolade. (credit:WSOP)

Daniel Negreanu and Jack McClelland have just been named as the latest inductees into poker's Hall of Fame.

After a public vote to determine a selection of suitable grinders, Negreanu and McClelland were unanimously voted in by a panel of 41 industry experts, including current HOF members and those from the poker media. 

Both Negreanu and McClelland will be formally inducted into the WSOP HOF on November 9 during a special ceremony inside Binion's Gambling Hall. 

"Being inducted into the Class of 2014 Poker Hall of Fame is a very exciting prospect and I am sure it will be a very humbling experience. I thank everyone involved in this process and to the WSOP, WPT and all of the great people I have met and the wonderful people I have worked with throughout the years. Thank you for bestowing this honour upon me. I am very grateful," said McClelland. 

Following this up, Negreanu said: "It's an honour to be inducted alongside so many great players that have come before me. It's an even bigger honour to be recognized at age 40, the same age as the legend Chip Reese."

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Mr. Negreanu or McClelland, let's take a look at their vital statistics:

Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu is arguably the most popular player in the game and has a string of accomplishments to his name. Despite being just 40-years-old, Negreanu has won slew of major titles as well as almost $30 million in live earnings. Aside from being a force on the felt for more than a decade, Negreanu has been the face of PokerStars for a number of years and has worked hard to establish himself as an ambassador for poker. Indeed, far from towing the party line at all times, Negreanu is often the first person to speak out against anything he considers harmful to poker. Because of these contributions to the game, Kid Poker is certainly a fitting addition to this year's WSOP Hall of Fame. 

Jack McClelland

Newbies to the game might not be as familiar with Jack McClelland as Mr. Negreanu, but for those in the know he's been a force in the community for more than 50 years. A one-time semi-professional bowler who moved to Vegas to become a dealer, McClelland gradually worked his way up the industry's totem pole to become one of the most influential figures on the tournament scene. Aside from managing events around the world, including the WSOP during the eighties, McClelland was there at the birth of many major tournaments, including the first WPTs. McClelland retired from the industry last year aged 63, so now seems a good time to recognise his efforts with a place inside the Hall of Fame.

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Daniel Negreanu Enters Poker Hall of Fame

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