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Ivey, Seidel, Sexton, and McEvoy Make Poker Hall of Fame List

Ten Poker Players Nominated by the Fans

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Phil IveyPhil Ivey’s multi-bracelet summer probably helped his cause. As the youngest seven-time bracelet winner in history, Ivey headlined a list of 10 players that Harrah’s released this morning for consideration for the 2009 Poker Hall of Fame class.

“After a five-week process that saw hundreds of votes cast weekly on WSOP.com, the public has made clear who they think should be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame,” Harrah’s said in a press release. “It will now be up to the current Hall of Famers and a panel of media members to determine who actually does join this exclusive club.”

Three former world champs made the list, including Tom McEvoy, Dan Harrington, and Scotty Nguyen. Mike Sexton, the popular WPT announcer who was promoted heavily by his sponsor site PartyPoker.com, also made the nomination group — as did Erik Seidel, who holds eight bracelets and one runner-up finish in the main event.

Rounding out the list is Tom Dwan, Barry Greenstein, Men Nguyen, and Daniel Negreanu.

Harrah’s did not indicate which players received the most votes, only stating that those 10 players received the 10 most votes from the public.

As for who actually makes the Hall of Fame, that is up to the voting panel — comprised of current members of the Hall of Fame and select members of the poker media. The panel may vote for a person not on the publicly created list, as new names might be added by the Poker Hall of Fame governing council.

Members of the panel can vote into the Hall of Fame as many players as they see fit, but only people who received 75 percent or more of the entire panel’s approval will be inducted.

The induction ceremony will once again take place at the main-event final table in November.

The criteria for the Hall of Fame is as follows:

  • A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
  • 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.
 
 
 
 

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TheJok3r
over 8 years ago

Tom Dwan? Really?? I'd like to see Harrington make it in this year.

 
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shawn_carter69
over 8 years ago

Remember the list came from the public so the ppl who watch on TV and see Dwan all over the place think he is the greatest or somehting... I second the Harrington notion

 
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pokerpro1078
over 8 years ago

Ivey hands down should be in 7 bracelets at his age and for simple reason you ask anyone name the top 3 poker players in the world and ivey will be on the list without a doubt

 
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pokerpro1078
over 8 years ago

barry another good one but if i was betting i would say ivey will get it

 
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venitiansaysthankyou
over 8 years ago

I agree w Ivy, but dont discount Tom McEvoy...he beat them all this year in the Champion's challenge, and he was on of the first published Authors on Poker...Nice guy too

 
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seamarfan269
over 8 years ago

I know you ESPN watchers don't know much about poker history, but a young fellow by the name of Chip Reese was inducted into the H.O.F. because he met ALL the qualifications to be in the Hall of Fame at an early age, just like Ivey has. I personally am rooting for Mike Sexton because of his tireless promotion to the betterment of poker. Nuff Said.

 
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Mr.Zeitz
over 8 years ago

For all you folks that insist on commenting about people who watch poker on TV and do not know anything, you are not any better than the rest of them if you have to comment on them. As for the list. Ivey's name speaks for itself, Sexton = online poker and has all the game, Harrington - 95 champ, back to back final tables during the boom and Scotty boy - yeah, test of time. How they decide who gets in, we will just have to wait and see how that works out.
~ Pre Poker Boom Scolar ~

 
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Mark V
8 years ago

If I had to pick only 2 players for this year I would have to choose Dan Harrington and Mike Sexton. Everyone on the list is a great player of course, and I'm sure they will all be in the Hall of Fame some day, but only two new players can be inducted per year. Nobody can argue with the tournament sucess of players like Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, and Daniel Negreanu and they should be voted in within the next few years. But Harrington and Sexton have been favorites of mine for years and definitely meet all the criteria for membership in the Hall of Fame. Tom Dwan is a good player, but he's only like 23 years old and I think he will be inducted some day but can we really say he has stood the test of time already?

 
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