Doyle Brunson Signs Off On Certain Poker Hall Of Fame Nominees

October 11th, 2010 – by Glen Farmer

In November, the World Series of Poker’s main event will conclude with the final table. As part of the festivities, the Poker Hall of Fame will induct its newest member.

Doyle Brunson, one of the current living Poker Hall of Fame members, has written in his blog his thoughts on the ten nominees for this year’s induction.

Barry Greenstein and Erik Seidel are Doyle’s favorites for induction into the Hall of Fame. Being that Doyle is one of the voters, he does have some sway over who will be inducted into the hall of fame.

The current nominees for induction into the poker hall of fame are Chris Ferguson, Barry Greenstein, Jennifer Harman-Traniello, Dan Harrington, Phil Ivey, Linda Johnson, Tom McEvoy, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen, and Erik Seidel.

While Brunson favors Erik Seidel and Barry Greenstein, he has not discounted Phil Ivey or Daniel Negreanu. The pair are two of the most adored players in poker.

“You can’t find a criteria Barry doesn’t meet. If not this year, next year for sure,” stated Brunson in his blog.

The criteria Doyle spoke of are the five points in which a player must excel. First, a player must have played against the top competition in the world. They must also have played for high stakes. The nominee must also have played consistently well and gained the respect of their peers. Withstanding the test of time and contributing to the overall growth of the success of the game of poker.

Doyle also stated that he gave almost all of his votes to Erik Seidel. Doyle said that “he (Seidel) meets all the requirements and his exemplary conduct deserves a special accolade.”

On Phil Ivey and Negreanu, Brunson simply stated that they should wait until they are older to be inducted.

This year marked some of the youngest nominees for the WSOP Hall Of Fame ever. Chip Reese, inducted at 40, was the youngest person to be inducted into the hall. Ivey, 33, Negreanu, 35, have threatened this record.

Tom Dwan, 22, was also nominated, but was eventually pulled from the ballot. Due to his age and lack of major success in live tournaments, Dwan was removed from the ballot under the pretext that he had not “withstood the test of time.” Most of Dwan’s success steps from playing at one of the best USA poker rooms, though he had taken second place in a major WSOP event in 2010.

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