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Chris Moneymaker and David Oppenheim Inducted to Poker Hall of Fame

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Posted on 16 July 2019 by "T".

Chris Moneymaker (left) and David Oppenheim (right) have been inducted into the prestigious Poker Hall of Fame.

The owner of the Hall of Fame, The World Series of Poker, announced on Monday during the Main Event final table celebration that two people shall become the 57th and 58th members for their exclusive club. The 10 finalists were announced earlier last month right after an online nomination procedure.

The two men were the lucky ones chosen out of ten nominees. The other eight were: Antonio Esfandiari, Chris Bjorin, Chris Ferguson, David Chiu, Eli Elezra, Huck Seed, Mike Matusow and Ted Forrest.

The two inductees were chosen by the 30 living members and a 21-individual media panel.

On Monday, Moneymaker and Oppenheim were officially inducted as part of the live Main Event final table coverage on ESPN.

Moneymaker said, "I'm very honored... very happy. It's great for my kids - it'll be a cool thing for them to see when they grow up."

Oppenheim said, "Being recognized as one of the all-time greats by my peers is truly humbling and I am honored to have been selected to the Poker Hall of Fame. I have been so fortunate to be able to do what I love for a living. I never planned to be a professional poker player, rather it was a passion that became my job."

Chris Moneymaker
A former accountant from Nashville, Tennessee, Chris Moneymaker became instantly a household name thanks to his 2003 WSOP Main Event $2.5 million victory that sparked the poker boom. He got into the 2003 WSOP Main Event through a $39 online satellite. The poker boom is a period between 2003 and 2006, during which the game of poker, mainly No-Limit Texas Hold'em, became very popular all over the world. It became known as the "Moneymaker Effect".

At 43 years old, he's still pretty much active in the game. His two most recent big cashes are: finishing 9th place at the partypoker MILLIONS Vegas $10,300 NLHE at the Aria for $80,000, and 687th place at the 2019 WSOP $10,000 Main Event for $20,200.
(picture below taken from the 2019 WSOP Event #73: $10,000 Main Event)

His current total live earnings are worth $3,865,156, according to The Hendon Mob.

David Oppenheim
David Oppenheim, age 46, is mainly known as a regular in the highest-stake cash games in the world. He is known for cashing in 3rd place at the 2010 $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $603,348. He finished 7th in the same event a few weeks ago for $124,410 (picture below taken from 2019 WSOP Event 58: $50,000 Poker Players Championship).

His current total live earnings are worth $1,991,545.

WSOP's Poker Hall of Fame

Established in 1979, the Poker Hall of Fame was acquired by Harrah's Entertainment (now known as Caesars) along with the World Series of Poker in 2004. Even if it is virtual in nature, the Hall of Fame's membership includes the poker world's most iconic and influential players as well as other important contributors to the game.

With Moneymaker and Oppenheim added to the club, there are now 32 living members in total.



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4 comments on "Chris Moneymaker and David Oppenheim Inducted to Poker Hall of Fame"

 dule-vu16/07/2019 14:46:06 GMT
so we have final decision about new hall of fame members!this two poker players,Chris Moneymaker and David Oppenheim,are chosen from 10 players and this is big honor for players!its not easy to come in poker hall of fame and when they choose one or two per year!congratulations!
 pajalnick16/07/2019 21:55:43 GMT
Chris moneymaker I certainly know ... this is a very famous player .... and when I just started playing poker ... It was a long time ago, I think ... 10 years ago .... and it seems to me that he has long earned his place in the hall of fame of poker ... but to my shame I don’t know the second player at all .... probably this is also a great player
 Mober17/07/2019 13:11:28 GMT
Two new names in the hall of fame. I know the first one only.
And this is just for show after all.
Either you are in it or not, nothing changes, at least for all the rest.
For them it might mean something Smile
They both have nice achievements in their poker career so far.
 CALICUL17/07/2019 13:45:19 GMT
I do not like this thing because these two players together have a single bracelet. It is not fair to other players which have 6 bracelets like Chris Ferguson or Ted Forrest, David Chiu 5, Eli Elezra 4, Huck Seed 4 or Mike Matusow 4. Win the weakest players in bracelets. I'm disappointed because of this and i do not think it was normal that they to win. Those with 6 bracelets would have deserved to win or with 5 or 4.

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