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David Gorr and Jason Gray Inducted into the Australian Poker Hall of Fame

Posted at 22:00 2012-01-19

The Australian Poker Hall of Fame (APHOF) was launched in 2009 and since then has continued to be one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon any person in the Australian poker industry. The rich tradition that is the APHOF continued tonight as David Gorr and Jason Gray were announced as the latest inductees.

A crowd of poker’s most recognisable faces were in attendance at the 2012 Aussie Millions Welcome Party where it was announced that Gorr and Gray would be inducted into the APHOF.

Both Gorr and Gray will now go down in history as Australian poker hall of fame members, a feat that is not undeserved. Gorr is most known as last year’s Aussie Millions Main Event champion, for which he received $2 million and made headlines around the country. Gray is maybe not as recognisable as Gorr, but has a very impressive poker resume spanning many years and has had a huge impact on the felt in Australia and abroad.

When the APHOF was launched by Crown Casino, Bluff Magazine and PokerNetwork in 2009, the criteria for inductions was set as follows:

  • A current or former resident of Australia or New Zealand
  • Have demonstrated outstanding and extended service to the game, bringing credit to Australian Casino Tournament Poker, and/or
  • Have displayed significant player excellence

Gorr and Gray easily meet the above criteria and it would be very hard to argue that they do not deserve to join Joe Hachem, Jeff Lisandro, Billy Argyros, Lee Nelson, Mel Judah, Gary Benson, Tony Guoga, Mauria Pears, Marsha Waggoner, Leo Boxell and Danny McDonagh in the Australian Poker Hall of Fame.

Gray’s impressive poker resume includes winning the $15,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event at the 2007 Victorian Championships, where he outlasted a quality field before embarking on one of the richest runs of form in his decorated career. This included third in the Omaha Hi-Lo Split World Championship at the 2008 WSOP for more than USD $200,000, before he finished the year as runner-up to Martin Rowe in the APPT Grand Final for a career-high cash of $476,000. Gray then returned to the winner’s circle in 2010 when he took down the ANZPT Canberra Main Event. With an esteemed career spanning more than a decade, Gray has amassed over $1.1 million in tournament winnings.

Gorr is most often credited for his momentous $2 million win at the 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event, but that triumph was only awarded through hard work and dedication to the Australian poker industry over many decades. A staple in the Australian poker industry, Gorr is fourth on the Australian All Time Money List and has been a great ambassador for the game.

The Australian Poker Hall of Fame continues to award service an excellence to the Australian Poker Industry. With the help and support of Maurie Pears, Crown Poker, PokerNetwork and the wider poker community, this rich tradition will continue for many years to come.

 

 

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David Gorr and Jason Gray - the latest APHOF inductees. David Gorr and Jason Gray - the latest APHOF inductees.

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