For a professional poker player the induction into The Poker Hall of Fame (PHOF) is arguably the great honor of one’s playing career. Poker Pro Phil Ivey has had a spectacular poker record but his induction into the PHOF has mostly been held up due to the age criteria that governs the nomination process.
That is however set to change in 2016 as on 1st Feb Ivey will turn 40 and will be eligible for nomination in the PHOF. It is widely expected that he will be nominated and inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2016. Nominations for the Poker Hall of Fame induction are done by fans in the summer of each calendar year.
The PHOF inducts just two outstanding professional poker players in a year and understandably the competition is fierce. Players have to fulfil five conditions to be inducted into the PHOF and those criteria’s state that he or she must be a minimum of 40 years old, played for high stakes, must have played against top players and have earned their respect, had a successful poker career and have a consistent record on the circuit.
Ivey is more than worthy of the honor. He has accomplished almost every major poker achievement possible in his 17 year career. Despite Ivey’s disastrous form of late, his career record as a whole is stunning, having won almost every single prestigious live tournament title. He has won 10 World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, one World Poker Tour (WPT) title and has the record of having the most number of final table finishes during the first nine years of the WPT. He has played in most of the highest buy-in events against top-notch poker players, winning many of them. His record is proof of his consistency in playing well and winning major tournaments across the world that has caused his total career prize money to exceed $23 million.
In the last two years, Ivey has focused more on online poker playing on Full Tilt Poker (FTP) and PokerStars websites but he has had rather poor results on both sites. He has lost as much as $8.5 million playing on these two websites between 2012 to 2015 putting him within the top 5 biggest losers in online poker. This is however not expected to hamper his chances of entering the Poker Hall of Fame given his earlier accomplishments.