2009's candidates that have the chance to get inducted to the poker hall of fame are Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein, Dan Harrington, Tom McEvoy, Men Nguyen, Scotty Nguyen, Mike Sexton, Eric Seidel, Tom Dwan, and Daniel Negreanu.
The 3 big favorites of these 10 players are Mike Sexton, Phil Ivey, and Tom McEvoy. All three have won bracelets and millions of dollars in WSOP throughout the years and also done a great job for poker and its future.
The hottest candidate of these 3 however, is Mike Sexton. Sexton has been a poker pro at the highest stakes for many years and also been the main commentator for WPT, been the ambassador for Party Poker, writing for the biggest poker magazines and much more. If you look at the requirements for getting into the Poker Hall of Fame bellow, you will understand why he's the hottest candidate.
Doyle Brunson, who's one of the 15 people that are still alive from the 37 people that have been inducted to the poker hall of fame, said that he will vote for Mike Sexton and no one else. But who the other 14 players will vote for, we can only speculate in right now.
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.
The history behind the Poker Hall Of Fame
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, 37 people have been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Only 15 of those people are still living.