PokerListings Living Legend Award 2015
Update: It's official! The 2015 Spirit of Poker Awards go to Humberto Brenes, Anatoly Filatov and Charlie Carrel! Congratulations to all of our winners!
Originally called the "This is 50+" Award we renamed it the "Living Legend" Award last year which couldn't possibly be a more fitting moniker for our 2014 winner, Thor Hansen.
The Godfather of Norwegian Poker, as he's known, has not only survived a 35-year poker career among the greats of the game he's also survived terminal cancer. As his doctors told him, "I'm not made of blood and flesh. I'm made of steel."
Our eight nominees for the 2015 Spirit of Poker Living Legend are equally befitting of hyperbolic accolades in their own rights. All are poker players over the age 50 who not only compete with the best young guns in game today on a daily basis, they often come out ahead.
Sharp of mind and spirit they repeatedly show us that game of poker doesn't have to pass you by as you get older In fact you might even find yourself getting better at the game - and booking the results to prove it - well into your golden years.
Vote for your 2015 Living Legend on the right; full bios below. Back to the PokerListings Spirit of Poker Awards main page here.
Here’s what we wrote last year on Puchkov’s second-consecutive Living Legend nomination: "A repeat nominee in this category along with Hansen, the 62-year-old horse breeder from Moscow is still a non-stop cash machine on the poker circuit. He has by far the most final tables (32) and in-the-money finishes (63) on the European Poker Tour -- and even won two side events outright at EPT San Remo in April." In the year since then? 16 more cashes including five alone at EPT Malta. Pencil him in here every year until he wins.
We nominated him last year and since he’s done nothing short of, oh, won the WSOP Seniors Event in a field of 4,425 players, made 10 final tables and cashed in 29 events in eight different cities in five different countries on three continents. If he keeps up that pace we might even have to name this award after him. Over $5.4m in career earnings dating back to 1992 proves he has the chops to compete in any era.
At PokerListings we value passion over money. Malta’s own “Poker Mama,” Jackie Cachia was introduced to poker at more than twice the age of the average online kid. Now the Portomaso Casino is more of her first home than her second, she’s cashed at a WPT event and the Irish Open and also has an EPT Ladies Event win under her belt. With more cashes than any other Maltese player Cachia is living proof poker is a game of passion over one of age, gender or bankroll.
The good-natured Parkinson was playing poker back when it was synonymous, in his words, “with being a scumbag.” A pillar of Irish poker and one of the most important representatives in Europe, Parkinson finished third in the Main Wvent when countryman Noel Furlong took it down in 1999. Since, he won the first UKIPT in Galway and was voted into the Irish Hall of Fame. Lately? Well, he won the €230 PLO event at the 2014 Paddy Power Spooktacular Festival. That’s enough, right?
In the last 12 months Erik Seidel has cashed in 13 events with a $10,000+ buy-in, final tabled seven of them and won two including the €100k SHR at the EPT Grand Final. He paid $760,000 in buy-ins and won just over $4m. Over $24.5m in career prize money (second all time), Poker Hall of Famer, 14th in the current GPI Top #300 GPI, music lover and Twitter boss – the 55 year old shows no signs of slowing down in any of his chosen fields. And you thought poker is just for young computer nerds. It’s for old Backgammon nerds, too.