Eli Elezra is the newest member of the Poker Hall of Fame.
The high-stakes cash game and tournament player was announced on Wednesday as this year’s World Series of Poker inductee in Rio.
“Anyone who knows me and has played a hand of poker with me knows how much I love this game,” Elezra said.
Elezra, a 60-year-old woman from Israel, has won four WSOP bracelets and has more than $ 4.5 million in career tournament earnings, according to the Hendon Mob Poker database.
Elezra is also known for playing in some of the biggest cash games in the world in Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio, alongside players such as Doyle Brunson and the late Chip Reese.
Elezra honored them in a ceremony during a break in the $ 1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty No-Limit Hold’em Hold’em event at the WSOP.
“To Chip and Doyle, I can’t thank you enough for teaching this fish to swim with sharks,” Elezra said.
Elezra won a vote among the 32 living Hall of Fame members.
The other nominees were players Antonio Esfandiari, Chris Ferguson, Layne Flack, Ted Forrest, Bertrand Grospellier, Mike Matusow and Michael Mizrachi; tournament director Matt Savage; and Isai Scheinberg, founder of online poker site PokerStars.
Flack died this year at age 52.