PokerListings Living Legend Award 2014
We called this award "This is 50+" last year but upped the ante slightly this year with the new "Living Legend" moniker.
The idea is the same though - to recognize a poker player over the age 50 who not only "competes" with the best young guns in game today, he or she often comes 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.
The eight nominees below proved it again and again this year in some form or another and, much like last year's winner Pierre Neuville, show no signs of stopping any time soon.
UPDATE: Public voting has ended. The PokerListings editorial team will now deliberate on the Top 3 votegetters and select the winners of this year’s Spirit of Poker Awards. The winners will be presented here on PokerListings on September 15.
The Norwegian poker legend survived decades of living and playing poker in Las Vegas, culminating in a poker hall of fame nomination. His biggest fight, however, is the one against cancer. Still grinding online as much as he can and drawing on the game and its community to help him through rough times, Hansen is a role model for poker players worldwide.
Austria is a European poker paradise and Casagrande is one of its pioneers. His willingness to gamble, the good mood he continues to bring to the table and his endurance have made him a spearhead of the poker community.
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.
Juan Maceiras Sr.
(Photo: Poker Red) Juan "vietcong01" Maceiras Sr. is one of the true Spanish poker legends with a range of cashes and titles across Europe. He has won major MTTs online like the Sunday Million and the Super Tuesday, he's very active in the community and one of the founders of the AUJO (Spanish association for poker players).
The businessman-turned-poker-pro might have the best sense of humor in poker. He easily has the best website. Oh, and did we mention he finished runner-up in the WPT Legends of Poker main event in Los Angeles last year for $356k among his 40 (40!) cashes since last year's WSOP?
Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott
Think an old dog can't learn any new tricks? After a “colorful” criminal career in Kingston-on-Hull, England, the 60-year-old Ulliott has gone from safe cracking to WSOP bracelet winner to seven times proud father over the course of a long-and-well-chronicled televised poker career. Still an occasionally ornery presence at the table, since the birth of his last child the man known as Devilfish has worked hard to change his image and, believe it or not, see the positive in things. He might not have made it all the way to the bright side, but he's trying. And if that isn't inspiring at 60, we're not sure what is.
JTilla the Killa is as awesome, inspiring, fun and delightful as you imagine she is. And a truly fantastic ambassador for poker for the last decade. She loves the game, has appeared in dozens of poker shows, is a joy at the table, has unmatched sex appeal and dates one of the most gregarious and good-hearted people in poker in Phil Laak. What more can you ask for?
“Big Roger” is the only French player with two WSOP bracelets and, if you've ever seen him at a live event, carries a big presence at the tables. Number four on the all-time live tournament money list for France, his results in the last twelve months alone hail from Cyprus, France, Montenegro, Spain, Morocco and the Czech Republic, capped by a gold bracelet at the 2013 WSOPE.