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Isai Scheinberg Shortlisted for 2020 Poker Hall of Fame | PokerStars


PokerStars co-founder Isai Scheinberg was shortlisted for the first time in the 2020 Poker Hall of Fame. He joined nine other nominees in the announced list of the World Series of Poker.

Scheinberg was officially selected as one of the ten finalists this year. This has attracted the attention of industry veterans.

Because this is a few years later, this off-site poker idol is said to have won enough votes during PHOF's annual public nomination process. But it was replaced by another person during the review process of the PHOF selection committee.

PokerStars co-founder Isai Scheinberg 2020 Poker Hall of Fame

2020 Poker Hall of Fame Finalists

Scheinberg is with two other candidates who were selected for the 2020 list for the first time. They are Patrik Antonius and the famous ESPN announcer team Lon McEachern and Norman Chad. McEachern/Chad was selected as a joint finalist. This is also the first time such two nominees have been considered for selection.

In addition to these three new shortlists, there are seven other shortlists from previous years. Six of the seven - Eli Elezra, Antonio Esfandiari, Chris Ferguson, Ted Forrest, Mike Matusow, and Huck Seed - are also finalists in 2019. However, the seventh man, event director Matt Savage, was in the finals several times in his early years.

Scheinberg's appearance as a finalist will definitely continue the huge controversy in the poker industry over his possible selection. Although it is very popular among off-site poker players and the international gaming industry. But Scheinberg was also burdened.

Because he was one of the 11 defendants in the infamous "Black Friday" case in 2011. The case also led to the forced withdrawal of the largest international website facing the United States from the market. However, 2020 is the first year to be considered after the settlement of the case between Scheinberg and the US federal authorities.

Poker Hall of Fame Finalist Related to Black Friday

However, Scheinberg is not currently the only PHOF finalist related to Black Friday. Ferguson, one of the main owners of Full Tilt Poker, was named by the Department of Justice in a separate but related civil lawsuit. Seek civil forfeiture of tens of millions of dollars.

Matusow (Full Tilt) and Forrest (UltimateBet) are also the few owners of websites that were forced to leave the United States during the Black Friday crackdown.

This year's finalists were announced after the WSOP finalized the ongoing plans for the 2020 $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em World Championship. This is a short two-week public nomination window. PHOF also introduced other changes, especially changes to the rules.

After years of two winners per year, only one honorary winner will be selected in 2020 and the next few years. PHOF also canceled the long-term shortlisting vote conducted by a panel of experienced poker media. This year's selection rights are completely reserved for the 31 living Poker Hall of Fame members.