Poker Hall of Fame Voting Now Open

by , May 26, 2009 | 8:42 am

You, the poker fan, can participate in the nominating process for the Poker Hall of Fame for the first time starting today. Head over to and nominate someone (one vote per email address). Here’s the criteria for the Poker Hall of Fame:

* 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.

Voting will take place from May 26-July 2nd, and the top 10 names under consideration will be announced during the WSOP Main Event. In August, the Hall of Fame committee will review the nominations and determine the final list of nominees. In September, the surviving Poker Hall of Fame members, along with select members of the media, rank the nominees and the top two selections (or whomever receives 75% of the votes, depending on what source you look at) will be announced during the Main Event final table in November.

9 Comments to “Poker Hall of Fame Voting Now Open”

  1. Bundas

    Who should the Pokerati team be voting for

  2. Kevin Mathers

    I won’t speak for team Pokerati, but some good choices would include:

    Mike Sexton
    Barry Greenstein
    Erik Seidel
    Dan Harrington
    Steven Lipscomb

  3. DanM

    i should withhold comment, i think, for now, bundas … as i have applied to be an actual voter. but i can say my early shortlist of considerations may or may not include:

    Mike Sexton
    Gabe Kaplan
    Andy Beal
    The Batfaces
    Barack Obama

  4. AmyC

    I will be nominating Andy Glazer. My post about it is here

  5. Poker Shrink

    Seconding the Andy Glazer nomination and wondering why Benny Binion is not in. Jack Binion, his son is in and deserving, but Benny?

  6. Kevin Mathers

    Benny Binion was put in the Poker Hall of Fame in 1990.

  7. Kevin Mathers

    Speaking of poker media, would you consider Mike Paulle and Max Shapiro as Hall of Fame worthy?

  8. DanM

    No offense to Mike Paulle — he taught the media how to do chip counts in 2005 — but I would vote no for the Hall of Fame on that. But I’m a little biased and bitter because a few years back, he wasn’t down with my live updates plan, which was to simply put a camera on his head and monitor his notepad.

  9. AmyC

    I appreciate the role that Max and Mike play(ed). They were among the pioneers of reporting. But Andy moved poker journalism into a new level. Andy didn’t bring you a report, he brought you into the game. He gave you the dramatic arc. Today’s “real time” reporting snippets are like bar peanuts compared to Andy’s gormet meal. Damn I miss them.

    An example from 2001: