The 47th and 48th members of the Poker Hall of Fame have been announced as Daniel Negreanu and Jack McClelland.
The two will be formally inducted the day before the WSOP main Event Final Table begins on November 9 at Binion’s Gambling Hall.
“Congratulations to the newest members of the Poker Hall of Fame,” said Poker Hall of Fame governing council member Ty Stewart. “While a contrast in styles, there is a common thread between these two deserving nominees. Both live all-in on poker and have devoted their full hearts to the game.”
McCLelland has been a major figure behind poker tournaments in Las Vegas and all over the world. He was the WSOP tournament director in the 1980’s, and ran the Bellagio poker room from 2002 to 2013.
Jack has now retired, after forty years in the business where he started his career as a poker dealer.
“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,” said McClelland. “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 honor upon me. I am very grateful.”
He has total live tournament winnings of $29.8 million, and after his second place finish in this year’s WSOP Big One for One Drop, ranks number one on the all-time money list. He has six WSOP bracelets, and countless other titles.
Daniel has become one of the most popular poker celebrities, famous for his affable table image and uncanny ability to call out his opponents cards.
He has done all of this by the age of 40, the minimum age to be elected to the Hall of Fame, and he has been elected at the first possible opportunity.
“It’s an honor to be inducted alongside so many great players that have come before me,” said Negreanu. “An even bigger honor to be recognized at age 40, the same age as the legend Chip Reese.”
Daniel also tweeted his thanks to all his supporters.