Six weeks ago BluffMagazine.com began counting down the 40 Greatest Champions campaign on WorldSeriesofPoker.com to help commemerate the 40th Annual World Series of Poker kicking off on May 27. As the Series nears closer the list is now down to the 10 Greatest Champions.
“The final ten players are all names that are very familiar to poker fans,” said Lance Bradley, Managing Editor of BLUFF Magazine and WorldSeriesofPoker.com. “The ranking however is likely to be the source of great debate.”
The final 10 WSOP champions will be announced each day between Friday and the day before the Series begins. The criteria for the ranking includes bracelets won, Main Event performances, overall contributions to the WSOP and historical importance.
“As the World Series of Poker turns 40, we will use this milestone to celebrate the history, heritage and tradition of the great game of poker,” said WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. “We look forward to a very special 2009 WSOP, and will use it as a platform to commemorate the great champions and characters of the game who made the WSOP what it is today.”
Profiles of each member of the 40 Greatest Champions have been running exclusively on WorldSeriesofPoker.com and will continue to do so until the list reaches #1 – the greatest champion in WSOP history. To follow the list to the conclusion check WorldSeriesofPoker.com daily.
Here are the champions ranked #11 thru #40
WSOP 40 Greatest Champions #11 – 20
11. Berry Johnston, 12. Tom McEvoy, 13. Jay Heimowitz, 14. Scotty Nguyen, 15. Gary Berland, 16. Ted Forrest, 17. Bobby Baldwin, 18. Dan Harrington, 19. Men Nguyen, 20. Barbara Enright
WSOP 40 Greatest Champions #21 – 30
21. Allen Cunningham, 22. Layne Flack, 23. Annette Obrestad, 24. Phil Ivey, 25. Mike Sexton, 26. Daniel Negreanu, 27. Mike Matusow, 28. John Juanda, 29. Sailor Roberts, 30. Peter Eastgate
WSOP 40 Greatest Champions #31 – 40
31. Chris Ferguson, 32. Susie Isaacs, 33. Mickey Appelman, 34. Jack Strauss, 35. Amarillo Slim, 36. Nani Dollison, 37. Puggy Pearson, 38. O’Neill Longson, 39. Carolyn Gardner, 40. Jamie Gold.