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Poker Hall Of Fame Accepting Online Nominations

Poker Fans Can Submit Online Nominations For Favorite Poker Pros


Mike SextonNominations are now open to determine the 2010 Poker Hall of Fame inductees. Poker fans, members of the media, and even the players themselves are now eligible to submit their nominations for the next batch of entrants online at the official website of the World Series of Poker.

Names will be accepted through Aug. 31, and Harrah’s will release the names of the top 10 candidates the next day. That list will then be sent to a Hall of Fame nominating committee for review. According to Harrah’s, more than 180 names have been submitted thus far.

The deciding committee is made up of the 16 living Poker Hall of Fame members and a panel of poker media. The group will then rank those players who they feel are worthy of acceptance into the Hall of Fame.

The two players who earn the most votes automatically will earn their place in the Hall as long as they receive at least 50 percent of the vote. This is a change from 2009, where a 75 percent vote was required. This left Mike Sexton as the sole recipient of the honor.

Tom DwanAccording to Harrah’s, the main criteria for entry into the Poker Hall of Fame are as follows.

1. The player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition.

2. The player must have played for high stakes.

3. The player must have played consistently well, gaining the respect of their peers.

4. The player must have stood the test of time.

5. If the nominee was not a player, they must have contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.

Last year, Tom Dwan received nominations despite being just 23 years old. The committee rejected him on the grounds that he had not stood the test of time. Other nominations from 2009 included Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, Dan Harrington, Scotty Nguyen, Erik Seidel, Phil Ivey, Tom McEvoy and Men Nguyen.

The induction ceremony will take place during the WSOP main event final table weekend at the Rio this November.