Party Poker's ambassador Mike Sexton was one of the 9 nominated players for the Poker Hall of Fame this year. And just a couple of days ago, he was the one who got inducted. Even though Mike Sexton knew he was the big favorite to get inducted this year, he still felt very honored when he received the message that he became the 38th person to get inducted into the poker Hall of Fame.
"I'm really, really honored to get inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. And I have to admit that it feels extra good because this is the first time in Poker Hall of Fame history that fans, media, and the living members of Poker Hall of Fame are involved in the whole process."
How it all started
In 1979, Benny Binion, the owner of the Horseshoe Casino, created the Poker Hall Of Fame to preserve the names and legacies of the world's greatest poker players. He also was the man behind the first ever World Series of Poker (1970), and the first one to organize high stakes games where the public could watch. Anyhow, Harrah's Entertainment took over the right for WSOP in 2004, and also the ownership of the Poker Hall of Fame. Today the Poker Hall of Fame is handled directly by the WSOP crew. Up till now, 38 people have been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Only 16 of them are alive today.
Here are the requirements for Poker Hall of Fame
*A gambler must have played poker against acknowledged top competition,
*Played for high stakes,
*Played consistently well, gained the respect of peers,
*And stood the test of time.
*Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.