Poker Hall of Fame Lowers Induction Rules


May 27, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The parameters for the introduction into the 2010 class of the Poker Hall of Fame were announced this week, with a big change coming in the voting requirements for induction. Starting this year, the top two in voting will earn entrance to the Hall if they receive a simple majority, eliminating the 75 percent requirement that was previously used.

This change in voting represents a significant shift in approach for the Hall of Fame, which has been adding new members since its inception in 1979. Last year was the first time in the past five years that only one new member was admitted, with Mike Sexton being the only vote-getter to receive at least 75 percent. Among those turned away were Barry Greenstein, Dan Harrington, Phil Ivey, Tom McEvoy, Men Nguyen, Scotty Nguyen, Daniel Negreanu, and Erik Seidel.

Other than the change in voting requirements, this years balloting will be basically the same as last year’s vote. There will be a period from July 1st through August 31st where the public can nominate players on the WSOP website. On September 1st, the top ten in voting will be announced, after which the Poker Hall of Fame Committee will add or delete names based on its guidelines. Finally, the current members of the Hall and the eligible media members will vote, with the top two players receiving induction.

The winners will “have played poker against acknowledged top competition, played for high stakes, played consistently well [and gained] 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.” Regardless of whether the players receive 75 percent or not, the 2010 inductees will certainly continue to represent the lofty standards of the best players in the game.

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One Response to “Poker Hall of Fame Lowers Induction Rules”
  1. Annie Nonemous says:

    Going from 75% straight to 50%+1 seems like a HUGE drop for no other reason than to get more people elected. Sadly, it will likely work but those who make it this year will, in my mind, be “tainted” … a hollow victory.

    Then again, if people like Barry Greenstein, Dan Harrington, Phil Ivey, Tom McEvoy, Men Nguyen, Scotty Nguyen, Daniel Negreanu, and Erik Seidel fail to generate 75% of the vote, perhaps 75% is in fact too high … why not try the standard 2/3s (66%) level for a few years.


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