Bryan Wagner, New Orleans, LA
2009 NHC Tour Winner
14-time NHC qualifier
The 2009 NHC Tour Champion, Bryan Wagner, joins his wife, 2001 NHC Champion Judy Wagner, as a member of the NHC Hall of Fame. Bryan Wagner was a 14-time qualifier to the NHC. He earned more than $100,000 at the annual NHC finals in Las Vegas and thousands more at other NHC-sanctioned contests, where the Wagners were a constant and popular presence.
Bryan Wagner owned and operated a successful insurance company in New Orleans, but was best known as a politician and political operative. Wagner, who died in August of 2018, was once described in a Rolling Stone feature as a gentleman “who holds court like a John Grisham character.” Due to arcane line-of-succession laws, he had technically served as Mayor of New Orleans for a day on three separate occasions.