There is probably nothing bigger for a poker player than getting inducted to The Poker Hall of Fame. Its a proof that one has been a really successful player that have stood the test of time and contributed to the game of poker. The nominated players this year are the following.
- Dan Harrington
- Phil Ivey
- Tom McEvoy
- Daniel Negreanu
- Erik Seidel
- Mike Sexton
- Barry Greenstein
- Men Nquyen
- Scotty Nguyen
Tom "durrrr" Dwan is no longer a nominee for the Poker Hall of Fame
As you can see, Tom Dwan, the American high stakes pro, is no longer one of the nominees. The reason for that is that the already inducted Poker Hall Of Fame players (that get to vote) thinks that Tom Dwan is too young and therefore didn't meet the "stood the test of time" requirement.
The requirements for getting inducted to 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 big favorite to get inducted to the Poker Hall of Fame this year is Mike Sexton. Sexton, has more than fulfilled all of the requirements and also been the one that other PHOF nominess thinks deserves it. For example, Doyle Brunson (Poker Hall of Fame), made it clear a while back that he will vote for Mike Sexton and no one else. It will be interesting to see if the other Poker Hall of Fame members share Doyle Brunson's opinion.
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.
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