Huck Seed Inducted Into Poker Hall Of Fame

By Ben Hamill - January 10 2021

Huck Seed Inducted Into Poker Hall Of Fame

1996 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event winner Huckleberry “Huck” Seed has finally made it into the Poker Hall of Fame. It may have taken him over a decade, but Seed a few weeks ago scored an impressive 76 voter points out of only 300 allocated in total – eventually beating next closest contender Matt Savage to the victory post by an impressive 25 votes.

The 10 final nominees were as follows:

  1. Huckleberry Seed – 76 (votes)
  2. Matt Savage – 51
  3. Isai Scheinberg – 45
  4. Eli Elezra – 30
  5. Antonio Esfandiari – 23
  6. Lon McEachern and Norman Chad – tied at 20 votes
  7. Ted Forrest – 20
  8. Mike Matusow – 17
  9. Patrik Antonius – 15
  10. Chris Ferguson – 3

Seed’s 2020 inclusion into the Poker Hall of Fame makes of him the lone addition for the year – and by an overwhelming lead too.

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The Shocks & The Surprises

Some of the names on the list of nominations obviously came as more of a surprise than some others, with Ferguson having made it onto the list (at all) perhaps the biggest of them all.

Surprising too, but in a decidedly more positive way, was that Antonius received only 15 votes – not to mention even Mike Matusow’s 17 and Antonio Esfandiari’s 23 votes. Scheinberg’s 45 votes certainly shows the Poker industry/community to be one of the most forgiving of them all, and Matt Savage in the runner-up position stokes the fire of hope for the inclusion of a man who during a precariously difficult year gave his all to the game and industry. 

Seed’s victory is of course no surprise. Not only did he win that famous 1996 WSOP Main Event, but he’s also literally dominated cash games and tournaments ever since. He currently ranks at over $7.6 million in career winnings accrued, and is a four-time WSOP bracelet winner, a Tournament of Champions winner, and the holder of an NBC Heads-Up Championship title.

Huck Seed Is A Worthy Winner

As for what Huck Seed had to say about his long-awaited induction, Poker’s newest Hall of Famer responded with heartfelt emotion and gratitude.

Said Seed, he harbours fond memories of his early days in Poker, and of walking into the famous Binion’s Horseshoe ahead of a game and taking a minute to admire the Poker Hall of Famers featured on the walls. Seed said it felt great to be grouped together with all the Poker greats he once so idolized and tried to emulate.