Los Angeles, CA
I'm fortunate and deeply honored that I'm one of the thirty people (15 living members of the Hall of Fame and 15 member media panel) that get a vote for this year's Hall of Fame.
Here's the criteria...
-- Among finalists, who is most deserving to be elected this year
-- 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.
Members of the Poker Hall of Fame:
1979: Nick 'The Greek' Dandolos; 'Wild Bill Hickok'; Edmond Hoyle; Felton 'Corky' McCorquodale; Johnny Moss; Red Winn; Sid Wyman
1980: T 'Blondie' Forbes
1981: Bill Boyd
1982: Tom Abdo
1983: Joe Bernstein
1984: Murph Harrold
1985: Red Hodges
1986: Henry Green
1987: Walter Clyde 'Puggy' Pearson
1988: Doyle Brunson; Jack 'Treetop' Strauss
1989: Fed 'Sarge' Ferris
1990: Benny Binion
1991: David 'Chip' Reese
1992: 'Amarillo Slim' Preston
1993: Jack Keller
1996: Julius Oral 'Little Man' Popwell
1997: Roger Moore
2001: Stu 'The Kid' Ungar
2002: Lyle Berman; Johnny Chan
2003: Bobby Baldwin
2004: Berry Johnston
2005: Crandall Addington; Jack Binion
2006: Billy Baxter; T.J. Cloutier
2007: Barbara Enright; Phil Hellmuth
2008: Henry Orenstein; Duane 'Dewey' Tomko
2009: ? ? ?
I can vote for no more than three nominees. I can also vote for none. My vote is due on October 2nd, so I have a solid week or so to think about this.
I'm wondering what the readers here think and want your feedback. I know who I shouldn't vote for, but who should I vote for and why?
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