PokerListings Living Legend Award 2015

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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.

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Konstantin Puchkov

Konstantin Puchkov

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.

Dan Heimiller

Dan Heimiller

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.

Barry Greenstein

Barry Greenstein
You know Barry Greenstein. The “Robin Hood of Poker.” Cash-game and tournament legend from the early days of the poker boom. One of the first Team PokerStars pros. One of the most genial, respectful and talented players the game of poker has ever seen. Did you also know he also won the PokerStars Sunday Billion (the $1m buy-in play-money event) twice in five weeks last year? As he told PokerStars: "People continually thank me for playing with them when I play in play money games. They are serious recreational players and wouldn't ever have a chance to play with a professional player if some of us didn't take some time to play in events like these." That’s the Spirit of Poker, still going strong.

James Woods

James Woods 1
Before we say anything else about James Woods the first thing we need to do is apologize for taking three editions of the PokerListings Spirit of Poker awards to nominate him. A certifiable Hollywood legend Woods encapsulates everything we hold dear about the game itself. As he told us at the 2015 WSOP, where he’s already cashed twice and final tabled once, “My buddy told me I have more passion for the game than anybody he knew. Which is true.” As for growing the game, Woods says “I hope what I do for the game is that I make it appealing to people that the game needs.” You do, sir.

Humberto Brenes

Humberto Brenes
Still somehow not in the Poker Hall of Fame Brenes is undeniably one of the most influential poker players of the last 10 years. Whatever your feelings on his table antics The Chark has always been infinitely memorable, gracious with his fans and a Pied Piper for bringing much of Central America to the game. No longer a PokerStars pro Brenes still has plenty of game left in him as evidenced by his 10 (!) WSOP cashes last year. Proof positive he’s the best poker player Costa Rica’s ever produced? His $6m in career earnings is 6x his next two closest rivals – who happen to be his two sons.

Jackie Cachia

JackieCachia

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.

Padraig Parkinson

Padraig Parkinson

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?

Erik Seidel

Erik Seidel

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.