End of the year is usually a time to sum up the results, in the world of poker too. One of the most honorable ceremonies is the nomination of the new “Poker Hall of Fame” member. The history of this event dates back to 1979 when Benny Benion – owner of the casino in Las Vegas – took the initiative to create the Hall of Fame.
Only one winner
To this time there are 56 members of “Poker Hall of Fame” who have inscribed their names in the history of poker. They now select new members every year with help from media and usually two members are determined during the ceremony.
The criteria remain unchanged:
Age not less than 40 years old;
High stakes experience;
Positive winrate in a long run;
Candidate has stood test of time;
Authority and recognition in the poker community;
Contribution to the development of poker industry (if the candidate is not a player).
Due to the coronavirus this year is different and so is the Poker Hall of Fame ceremony. This time there will be only one winner instead of usual two. And also media and journalists do not participate in voting. The first stage involves candidates selection and voting (until December 11) on the WSOP.com website, the official partner of the ceremony since 2004.
The winner is symbolically announced one day before Heads Up of WSOP Main Event starts. This year the event will take place online on December 28-30, so the honorable member #57 will be chosen the day before. List of nominees
Everyone has a chance to win. And finally, you can take a look at the honorary list of Poker Hall of Fame representatives since 2004, the year the cerenomy became a part of World Series of Poker:
2004 Berry Johnston
2005 Jack Binion and Crandell Addington
2006 T.J. Cloutier and Billy Baxter
2007 Phil Helmuth and Barbra Enright
2008 Henry Orenstein and Dewey Tomko
2009 Mike Sexton
2010 Eric Seidell and Dan Harrington
2011 Barry Greenstein and Linda Johnson
2012 Brian Roberts and Eric Drache
2013 Scotty Nguen and Tom McEvoy
2014 Daniel Negreanu and Jack McClelland
2015 John Juanda and Jennifer Harman
2016 Tod Brunson and Carlos Mortensen
2017 Phil Ivey and David Elliott
2018 Mori Eskandani and John Hennigan
2019 Chris Moneymaker and David Oppenheim
David Oppenheim and Chris Moneymaker were the last two to join ”Poker Hall of Fame”. Chris’s victory caused a lot of controversy especially because of the lack of big winnings for almost 10 years. The only 6-digid prize he got during this period was $300,000 for coming second in NBC National Heads-Up Championship in 2011. Apparently his breakthrough at WSOP 2003 and the poker boom that followed was enough to win.