Mortensen, Brunson Earn 2016 Poker Hall of Fame Nods

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El Matador is in.

The Poker Hall of Fame officially has its first European member.

It also now has its second member of the Brunson family.

The World Series of Poker announced its 2016 Poker Hall of Fame inductees this morning and it's Spain's Carlos Mortensen and poker royalty Todd Brunson who get the nod.

The two inductees were ultimately decided by a combined 44-person panel of media members and living Hall of Famers from a list of 10 nominees.

First Father-Son, First Spaniard

While some expected the UK's Dave Ulliott or France's Bruno Fitoussi to be selected as the first European it's Spain's 'El Matador' who garnered the votes this time.

Carlos Mortensen
So close again in 2013.

On top of being the first (and only) Spaniard to win the WSOP Main Event Mortensen, who has lived in Las Vegas for a long time, has an impeccable list of accomplishments that include a WPT Championship and $12m in live tournament earnings.

"I have been playing poker professionally for more than 20 years,” Mortensen said in a release.

“This game has given me so many things that I have come to cherish. I've always wanted to be included among the great players who make up the Poker Hall of Fame.

"To be included with the legends makes me very happy. I want to thank my friends, the poker fans, and all the people who vote for me. I take this honor very seriously."

Along with two more WPT titles and another WSOP bracelet, Mortensen helped cement his legacy in 2013 when he finished 10th in the Main Event, just missing the November Nine.

"Honor of a Lifetime"

Brunson, of course, is the son of poker legend Doyle but has carved out his own legacy in the game for decades.

Along with his own WSOP bracelet Brunson has held court in the highest cash games in Vegas for much of the past 20 years, most notably being part of 'The Corporation' that beat Dallas banker Andy Beal for $13.5 million.

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He also more recently beat Beal heads-up in another Limit session for over $5m.

"It's a true honor to be inducted by my peers into this prestigious institution,” said Brunson.

"I literally grew up attending these ceremonies and have always respected and admired its members. To join their ranks is the honor of a lifetime."

Todd and Doyle are the first Father-Son to be elected to the Poker Hall of Fame.

Brunson and Mortensen will be officially inducted in a ceremony at Binion's Gambling Hall, the original home of the WSOP, before the playdown of the 2016 WSOP November Nine.

The remaining finalists who did not make the cut this year - Chris Bjorin, Humberto Brenes, Eli Elezra, Bruno Fitoussi, Chris Moneymaker, Max Pescatori, Matt Savage and David "Devilfish" Ulliott - all remain eligible for future induction.

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