Posts Tagged ‘Poker Hall of Fame’

Lynn "Queen of Hearts" ParisLynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

I’m sure all you poker players and fans have heard of the Poker Hall of Fame, considered one of the highest honors in the poker world. In order to be eligible, poker players must meet the following requirements:

  • must have played poker against acknowledged top competition,
  • Played for high stakes,
  • Played consistently well and 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.

Currently, the PHOF has 54 members, mostly because of the new age requirement added in 2011 – a player had to be 40 years old or more before becoming eligible.

But, have you ever heard of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHoF?) It was founded in 2008 by Lupe Soto to honor women in poker who have acquired prominence and have made contributions to the poker world. Their goal is not only to honor women in poker but to contribute to causes that benefit the community as well.

This year there were 11 highly qualified candidates (out of 50 submissions) hoping to be inducted into the 2018 Women in Poker Hall of Fame, including Lupe Soto, Kara Scott, Jennifer Tilly, Terry King, Karina Jett and Maria Ho. To be eligible, all the women must have been active as a player and/or industry leader for at least ten years, be a proponent of women in poker, be at least 35 years old and have contributed to the poker world in some meaningful way.

On May 1st, after all the votes were tallied, Maria Ho and Lupe Soto were selected for induction in the 2018 Women in Poker Hall of Fame. Upon learning of her selection, Ho responded, “Wow! What wonderful news to receive! I am honestly incredibly shocked and beyond honored to hear this.”Both women exemplify the organization’s motto, “Celebrating excellence, contribution and performance.”

Soto and Ho will officially join the Hall at the WiPHoF Luncheon Celebration & Induction at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas on Tuesday, June 26 at 11 a.m. The event is open to the public, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting their partner, Poker Gives,  a charity that serves homeless veterans and military families in need.

Our question for all the ladies who follow the Texas Poker Store Blog is, who of you are sitting at the poker tables practicing your skills so that someday you could be immortalized by the Women’s Poker Hall of Fame?

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Jim "Pocket Bullets" ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Since 1979, when the Poker Hall of Fame was established by the owner of  the Horseshoe Casino, Benny Binion, to honor the world’s greatest poker players, 50 world class poker players have been inducted. Johnny “The Grand Old Man of Poker” Moss was the very first inductee and with this announcement, the total is now 52.

Poker Hall of Fame

The Class of 2016 added a couple of new members, Todd Brunson and Carlos Mortensen, to poker’s most exclusive club, the Poker Hall of Fame.

Todd Brunson“It’s a true honor to be inducted by my peers into this prestigious institution,” said Todd Brunson. “I literally grew up attending these ceremonies and have always respected and admired its members. To join their ranks is the honor of a lifetime.”

Carlos MortensenCarlos Mortensen was heard saying, “I have been playing poker professionally for more than 20 years. This game has given me so many things that I have come to cherish. I’ve always wanted to be included among the great players who make up the Poker Hall of Fame. To be included with the legends makes me very happy. I want to thank my friends, the poker fans, and all the people who vote for me. I take this honor very seriously.”

The official induction will occur Oct. 26 at the Binion’s Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, kicking off the November Nine festivities just before the World Series of Poker Main Event final table at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Oct. 30 through Nov. 1.

The criteria for the Poker Hall of Fame is as follows:

  • A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
  • Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination
  • Played for high stakes
  • Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
  • 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.

When Harrah’s Entertainment, now known as Caesars Entertainment, acquired the rights to the WSOP in 2004, it also assumed ownership of the Poker Hall of Fame. Currently, membership in the Poker Hall of Fame is handled directly by the WSOP.

Have any of you ever wanted to be known as a “kick ass” poker player? If you answered yes, then you best sit in on as many poker tables as you can to try to perfect your game. It’s possible, even if only remotely, that you could then be considered among the very best. Of course it’s a lot more likely that you’ll start to win more and, at the very least, have a helluva lot more fun.

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Jim "Pocket Bullets" ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

There seems to be a slight dispute regarding the election of Chris Moneymaker into the Poker Hall of Fame. The argument is that in reality he never really achieved poker legend status, certainly not as a champion of the felt in the same league as Negreanu or Hellmuth.

Chris MoneymakerAfter all, Chris has pocketed only about 3.5 million dollars, and although that makes for a nice nest egg for most, it cannot be compared to the $30,600,000 in prize money that Negreanu has amassed, or Hellmuth’s 14 bracelets and winnings that exceed $20,900,000, to say nothing of their enormous contributions to the poker world.

I say, yeah so? Every Hall of Fame has had lots of inductees that might seem questionable to some, but for whatever reasons, they were inducted into their respective Halls of Fame. It might be timing, or a unique style or something that was revolutionary at the time, but there were reasons.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland has, for the most part, awarded their choices to the best of Rock and Roll, like the Beatles, the Stones and Stevie Wonder.  Yet they also inducted Joan Jett, who wrote only two hit songs, “I Hate Myself For Loving You” and “Little Liar.” Nevertheless,  while her over all sales have only amounted to 10 million records worldwide, she still got her name into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That’s a far cry from the 600,000,000 by the Beatles.

The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted Mike Piazza with an amazing 427 home runs, 396 of which were hit as catcher, along with a .308 batting average and 1,335 runs batted in (RBIs). But it has also had a few controversial choices, such as NY Yankees’ Phil Rizzuto, who only has 1,588 career hits and barely a .273 batting average and only 38 homers, again a far cry from the 427 homers by Piazza.

Poker Hall of FameAnd now we have this argument about Moneymaker. C’mon give me a break. If you can put people into national Halls of Fame for their respective contributions in their chosen fields, then I say that Chris Moneymaker, a 27-year-old who defied the odds and beat the pros at their own game, getting into the World Series of Poker Main Event through a $39 online satellite and winning it all has certainly, in my most humble opinion, earned his place into the Poker Hall of Fame. He certainly changed the face of poker and taught the world that anyone could cash in big resulting in thousands of new players trying to be Moneymakers.

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Texas Poker StoreBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

I was debating with someone the other day about what it took to get into the Poker Hall of Fame when my wife walked by and said, “You mean, there’s actually a Poker Hall of Fame?” She seemed just skeptical enough to make me want to prove it to her; after all, why wouldn‘t there be a Hall of Fame for great poker players? So then she asked if getting in was based on total earnings or  longevity or popularity or what, and since I had to look it up, I figured I’d share it with any of you who might have the same question.

Jen Harman and John JuandaThe two latest players inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015 were Jennifer Harman and John Juanda, who became the 49th and 50th members. The public nominated 10 potential inductees, and then Harman and Juanda were officially selected by a 39-person panel of existing Poker Hall of Famers. Their induction ceremony took place on November 6 at 7:00 pm in the former Benny’s Bullpen inside Binion’s Gambling Hall, which hosted the first final table of the WSOP in 1970. Both Harman and Juanda have played high stakes poker for more than 20 years with great success. (Incidentally, there has not yet been a European player who has garnered enough votes to get in yet.) But what, exactly, did it take for Harman and Juanda to make it?

Daniel Negreanu - Poker Hall of Fame 2014To answer that question I turned to Hall of Famer and my personal favorite player, Daniel “The Kid” Negreanu. Before this year’s voting, he posted a list of the criteria that must be met in order to be considered a true Hall of Fame contender. I have “borrowed” his list to share with you: A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition; they must have played for high stakes; they must be a minimum of 40-years-old at time of nomination; they must have played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers and they must have stood the test of time. In addition, there is also a category for non-players, who “must have contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.”

So there it is. No flash-in-the-pans. No overnight successes.  And no 22-year-olds! And my wife was satisfied because the answer came from Negreanu, who happens to be her favorite, too. Now I can get back to the tables and practicing my game.

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