Jen Harman and John Juanda Selected as Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2015
Jen Harman and John Juanda, two of poker's elite, will be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, Class of 2015. The duo represents the 49th and 50th members of the club, and the official induction ceremony will take place on Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at Binion's Gambling Hall in Las Vegas.
"Congratulations to the newest members of the Poker Hall of Fame," said Poker Hall of Fame governing council member Ty Stewart. "Both Jen and John are well-respected, long-time poker players who have paid their dues and deserving to represent the 2015 Class of the Poker Hall of Fame."
Harman has a long list of tournament accomplishments, including more than $2.7 million in earnings, two World Poker Tour final tables, 12 World Series of Poker final tables, and the honor of being the first woman to win multiple WSOP bracelets in open events. However, the impressiveness of her career is largely tied to her long-time success in the highest cash game in the world.
The Reno, Nevada, native has been a staple at the highest stakes in Vegas for more than a decade. Harman is a 50-year-old mother of two also dedicates much of her time to using poker to raise money for charitable causes, including the National Kidney Foundation and the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Juanda is a 44-year-old ,Indonesian-born poker pro who doesn't do much talking, but his poker résumé speaks for itself. He has amassed more than $17 million in tournament winnings, including five WSOP gold bracelets, a European Poker Tour title, plus WPT, APT, PPT, and many other tournament victories. He's also won wherever he has went, with victories in Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America.
A long-time U.S. resident, Juanda came to the United States in 1990 to attend college at Oklahoma State University and then went on to receive his Master’s Degree from Seattle University. But since 1997 John has made his income on the felt and in so doing has cemented himself as one of the most consistent and successful players of the last two decades.
As the original home of the WSOP, Binion's has a long and storied place in the game. Binion's served as the host venue for the WSOP from 1970-2004 and helped pave the way for so many gold bracelet winners.
The other finalists for this year's class included Chris Bjorin, David Chiu, Bruno Fitoussi, Carlos Mortensen, Max Pescatori, Terry Rogers, Matt Savage, and the late David "Devilfish" Ulliott.