As the satellite poker tables open for the 2009 WSOP (world series of poker) today, so does the nomination process for the Poker Hall of Fame. For the first time ever, poker enthusiasts will be able to join the nomination process. Beginning on May 26th, 2009 and ending on July 2nd, 2009, interested individuals can log-in at worldseriesofpoker.com and nominate a poker pro for this year's list of potential Poker Hall of Fame inductees. Each submission permits for the name of a single nominee and up to 250 words about why they deserve to be inducted in the Hall of Fame.
The main criteria for a poker player to be considered for the Hall of Fame includes having face against top poker pros, participated in high-stakes games, played consistently to gain the acknowledgement of fellow poker players and lasted for a long time in the poker circuit. Non-players can also be nominated to the Hall of Fame if they have contributed to the growth of poker with lasting results.
During the 2009 WSOP, Harrah's will announce the top ten list of nominees. The Hall of Fame committee will then decide in August 2009 to study the nominations and decide if any figures in the community that should be place on the nominee list. In September 2009, the final list will be given to the 16 living members of the Poker Hall of Fame like Doyle Brunson and Barbara Enright, who will then rank the people they deem worthy of joining the 2009 Hall of Fame.
Each member of the Hall of Fame will also be able to list a candidate that would not be eligible for 2009 but will be considered automatically for 2010. A select committee of media members will also be given a ballot for ranking the Hall of Fame finalists. Voting will be done in secrecy but the members of the Hall of Fame and media members are not obligated to keep their vote a secret.
June 03, 2009