The Poker Hall of Fame has two new members as Todd Brunson and Carlos Mortensen were introduced to poker's most exclusive club.
The Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council announced the 51st and 52nd members of the elite club today. The newest additions were initially nominated by the public, before a 44-person jury consisting existing Poker Hall of Fame members and a Blue Ribbon Media Panel, voted them in.
The official introduction will take place on October 26 at 7pm PT at the famous birthplace of poker Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel Las Vegas.
The ceremony will also be the kick off of the November Nine festivities. From October 30th to November 1st the final table of the prestigious World Series of Poker Main Event 2016 will take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
With the introduction of Todd Brunson, the Poker Hall of Fame has its first father-son members while Carlos Mortensen, nicknamed El Matador, becomes the first European member to join the Poker Hall of Fame.
The other nominees were Chris Bjorin, Humberto Brenes, Eli Elezra, Bruno Fitoussi, Chris Moneymaker, Max Pescatori, Matt Savage and David Ulliott.
"It's a true honor to be inducted by my peers into this prestigious institution," said Brunson. "I literally grew up attending these ceremonies and have always respected and admired its members. To join their ranks is the honor of a lifetime."
"I have been playing poker professionally for more than 20 years," commented Mortensen. "This game has given me so many things that I have come to cherish. I've always wanted to be included among the great players who make up the Poker Hall of Fame. To be included with the legends makes me very happy. I want to thank my friends, the poker fans, and all the people who vote for me. I take this honor very seriously."