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Berman Inducted Into Minnesota Poker Hall Of Fame

Longtime Poker Player Has Three WSOP Bracelets

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Three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Lyle Berman has been inducted into the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame.

He is its first member.

The announcement was made Friday at a ceremony held at Canterbury Park Card Casino in Shakopee. The creation of the Hall of Fame was made public in August.

“Lyle is not only a fierce competitor at the highest limits, he completely and indelibly changed the world of poker when he co-founded the World Poker Tour,” Canterbury Park’s Senior Director of Card Casino Operations Michael Hochman said in a statement.

“We talked to a great deal of people about inaugural nominees into the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame, and literally everyone’s first answer was Lyle Berman.”

Berman graduated from the University of Minnesota and is from Minneapolis.

“Poker certainly has exploded throughout the world, and Minnesota has been no exception,” Berman said. “Creating the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame is really a good idea. Being the first member is a great honor and I’m very thankful.”

He has around $2.5 million in lifetime earnings. The largest score of his long poker career came in 2008, when he finished fifth in the $50,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E.

Berman was inducted into the worldwide Poker Hall of Fame, owned by Caesars Entertainment Corp., in 2002. That Hall of Fame has dozens of members.