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Poker Hall of Fame
Type subsidiary
Founded Las Vegas, Nevada (1979)
Headquarters Las Vegas, Nevada
Key people Jack Binion, Creator
Jeffrey Pollack, Commissioner
Industry Gaming
Owner(s) Harrah's Entertainment (current)
Binion's Horseshoe (former)
Website Hall of Fame

In 1979, Benny Binion, the owner of the Horseshoe Casino, created the the Poker Hall of Fame to preserve the names and legacies of the world's greatest poker players.[1] Binion was known for the creative ways in which he marketed his Casino. In 1949, he convinced Johnny Moss and Nick the Greek to play high stakes poker where the public could watch them.[2] In 1970, he invited a group of poker players to compete in what would be the first World Series of Poker (WSOP). In 1979, he created the Poker Hall of Fame to honor poker's greatest players and to serve as a tourist attraction to his casino.[3] When Harrah's Entertainment acquired the rights to the WSOP in 2004, they also assumed ownership of the Poker Hall of Fame.[4] Today, membership to the Poker Hall of Fame is handled directly by the WSOP.

Although many of the best known poker players in the world are part of the Hall of Fame, very little is known about some of the earlier members. Many of the earliest pioneers in poker were road gamblers that developed reputations at the cash game before the advent of tournaments. As of 2009, 38 people have been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Fifteen of those people are still living.[5]

Although the original Hall of Fame was created by the Horseshoe Casino as a tourist attraction,[3] the Hall no longer has a physical location; it only exists on paper.[4]



Before starting the 2009 WSOP, the WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack announced that the process for becoming a member into the Poker Hall of Fame would undergo a slight modification. Starting in 2009, the Poker Hall of Fame started accepting nominations from the public. This move is intended to increase interest in the Hall. Almost immediately after this decision was announced, Party Poker started an on-line campaign to get its representative and World Poker Tour commentator Mike Sexton elected to the Hall.[6][7][8] Other poker sites, namely PokerStars' Tom McEvoy, followed suit by pushing their own poker professionals.[9] The requirements for the Poker Hall of Fame are:

  • A gambler must have played poker against acknowledged top competition,
  • Played for high stakes,
  • Played consistently well, gained the respect of peers,
  • And 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.[4][10]

After receiving the nominations, the WSOP announced a list of ten candidates eligible for the 2009 class at the WSOP Main Event. The ten players announced were Phil Ivey, Tom McEvoy, Mike Sexton, Erik Seidel, Dan Harrington, Scotty Nguyen, Tom Dwan, Barry Greenstein, Men Nguyen, and Daniel Negreanu.[11] When Chip Reese was inducted at the age of 40, he was the youngest person to join the Hall.[1] Three of the finalists, Ivey (33), Negreanu (35), and Dwan (22), threatened that distinction. In August, the WSOP reviewed the nominations from the general public, and had the option to add any individuals it deemed necessary. Finally, the WSOP sent out ballots to each of the living Hall of Famers and a limited number of people in the media to vote for the 2009 class. Under election rules, the number of media ballots was limited to the number of voting members from the Hall of Fame. Any person who received at least 75% of the vote would be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Main Event Final Table in November 2009.[12] The only candidate to receive the required percentage of the vote was Sexton.

The award

Being admitted to the Poker Hall of Fame is considered one of the biggest honors in poker.[13] In his acceptance speech, T. J. Cloutier declared, "It's one of two things I've always wanted to win."[14] Barbara Enright, the only woman in the Hall, considers her induction to be a "lifetime achievement honor".[15]

Before being acquired by Harrah's Casino, R.S. Owens and Co was commissioned to design an award for Poker Hall of Famers. The award was an 8-inch-tall piece of glass with a hand of cards sandblasted at the bottom, the winner's name, and the words "Poker Hall of Fame" in a circle. The circle had a gold emblem bonded to the glass and had the Binion's Horseshoe Casino logo in it. There was a gold plated base with three gold-plated stacks of chips.[16]


Image Year Name
WSOP Winnings WSOP bracelets Notes
1979 Moss, JohnnyJohnny Moss[18]
The Grand Old Man of Poker[19]
$&0000000000824922.000000824,922 1970 World Series of Poker Championship
1971 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship

1971 Limit Ace to 5 Draw
1974 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship
1975 $1,000 Seven Card Stud
1976 $500 Seven Card Stud
1979 $5,000 Seven Card Stud
1981 $1,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
1988 $1,500 Ace to Five Draw

The first World Series of Poker was not a freeze-out tournament, but rather a game with a set start and stop time. Benny Binion took a secret ballot that asked the players who the best player was. According to poker lore, everybody said that they were the best player. Binion then asked who the second-best player was, and Johnny Moss won.[20]
1979 Dandolos, NickNick Dandolos
Nick the Greek
$0 None According to poker lore, in the summer of 1949, in Nevada, Nick the Greek and Johnny Moss played in a five-month-long poker marathon at Binion's Horseshoe Casino. Nick the Greek reportedly lost about $2 million to Moss and on losing the final hand stood up and said, "Mr. Moss, I have to let you go." This heads-up match, which became a tourist attraction, is often cited as the earliest inspiration behind the World Series of Poker.[2]
1979 McCorquodale, FeltonFelton McCorquodale
$0 None Corky McCorquodale is credited with introducing the game of Texas Hold'em to Las Vegas in 1963.[21]
1979 Winn, RedRed Winn $0 None A pioneer in poker, Red Winn is considered to be an all-around great poker player.[1]
1979 Wyman, SidSid Wyman $0 None Wyman was a noted poker player and owner of several Vegas casinos: Sands, Riviera, Royal Nevada and The Dunes.[1]
Wild Bill.jpg 1979 Hickok, James ButlerJames Butler Hickok
Wild Bill Hickok
$0 None Wild Bill Hickok was one of the best known poker players in the world before the 20th century. He is one of three Poker Hall of Famers to die while playing poker.[10] Legend has it that when he was shot in the back in 1876, he was holding two aces and two eights. The hand has since been called the dead man's hand.[1]
Edmond Hoyle.jpg 1979 Hoyle, EdmondEdmond Hoyle $0 None After writing a book on the game of whist, the phrase "according to Hoyle" become synonymous in card games with following the rules.[1]
1980 Forbes, BlondieBlondie Forbes $0 None Forbes is credited with creating the game of Texas Hold'em.[21]
1981 Boyd, BillBill Boyd $&0000000000080000.00000080,000 1971 $10,000 Limit Five Card Stud
1972 $10,000 Five Card Stud
1973 $10,000 Limit Five Card Stud
1974 $5,000 Five Card Stud
Boyd was the Director of Operations at the Golden Nugget from 1946 to 1982. Boyd is credited with establishing Robert Turner's game Omaha hold 'em as a casino staple.[22]
1982 Abdo, TomTom Abdo $0 None Abdo is one of three Poker Hall of Famers to die while playing poker.[10] He died from a heart attack. According to legend, after suffering the heart attack, he asked another player to count his chips and to save his seat.[1]
1983 Bernstein , JoeJoe Bernstein $&0000000000021000.00000021,000 1973 $10,000 Limit Ace to Five Draw
1984 Harrold, MurphMurph Harrold $0 None
1985 Hodges, RedRed Hodges $0 None
1986 Green, HenryHenry Green $0 None
PuggyPearson.jpg 1987 Pearson, Walter ClydeWalter Clyde Pearson
$&0000000000212100.000000212,100 1971 Limit Seven Card Stud
1973 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship
1973 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em
1973 $4,000 Limit Seven Card Stud
Puggy Pearson is credited with coming up with the concept of a freeze-out tournament.[23]
Doyle Brunson.jpg 1988 Brunson, DoyleDoyle Brunson
Texas Dolly
$&0000000002830302.0000002,830,302 1976 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship
1977 $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
1977 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship
1977 $1,000 Seven Card Stud Split
1978 $5,000 Seven Card Stud
1979 $600 Mixed Doubles (with Starla Brodie)
1991 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em
1998 $1,500 Seven Card Razz
2003 $2,000 H.O.R.S.E.
2005 $5,000 No Limit Shorthanded Texas Hold'em
Doyle Brunson wrote a book, Super/System, in 1978 that is considered to be the poker Bible.[24] It is considered to be the most influential book ever written on poker.[25]
JackStraus.jpg 1988 Strauss, JackJack Strauss
$&0000000000555000.000000555,000 1973 $3,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
1982 $10,000 Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em
Jack Strauss' 1982 WSOP tournament victory is considered to be one of the greatest comebacks in poker history. At one point, Strauss had one chip remaining, and came back to win. This victory is considered the origin of the poker saying, "A chip and a chair", this means that as long as you have have not been eliminated from the tournament, you have a chance. Modern lore indicates that this happened at the final table, but the 1983 book The Biggest Game in Town implies this occurred on the first day of the tournament.[26] Strauss is one of three Hall of Famers to die while playing poker.[10]
1989 Ferris, FredFred Ferris
$&0000000000015000.00000015,000 1980 $10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw Sarge gained notoriety when the IRS seized $46,000 from him on April 22, 1983 while he was playing high stakes poker at the Horseshoe.[1]
BennyBinion.jpg 1990 Binion, BennyBenny Binion $0 None Founder of the Horseshoe Casino and the WSOP
Chip Reese 2.jpg 1991 Reese, DavidDavid Reese
Chip Reese
$&0000000002230079.0000002,230,079 1978 $1,000 Seven Card Stud Split
1982 $5,000 Limit 7 Card Stud
2006 $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship
Despite winning three bracelets, Reese was best known for his cash-game play. At 40 years old, he was the youngest person to be enshirined in the Poker Hall of Fame.[1]
AmarilloSlim.jpg 1992 Preston, ThomasThomas Preston
Amarillo Slim
$&0000000000436748.000000436,748 1972 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship
1974 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em
1985 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha
1990 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha
After winning the WSOP in 1972, Preston sought to change the image of poker by appearing on national television and radio programs.[1] Slim hosted the Super Bowl of Poker, considered the second most prestigious tournament of the time.[27]
1993 Keller, JackJack Keller
Gentleman Jack Keller
$&0000000001583845.0000001,583,845 1984 $5,000 Seven Card Stud
1984 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship
1993 $1,500 Omaha Limit
1996 Popwell, Julius OralJulius Oral Popwell
Little man
$0 None
1997 Moore, RogerRoger Moore $&0000000000337628.000000337,628 1994 $5,000 Limit 7 Card Stud
2001 Ungar, StuStu Ungar
The Kid
$&0000000002078838.0000002,078,838 1980 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship
1981 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship
1981 $10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
1983 $5,000 Seven Card Stud
1997 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship
Stu won back-to-back WSOP bracelets in 1980 and 1981, and won the event again in 1997. He and Johnny Moss are the only players to have won the main event three times.
Lyle Berman.jpg 2002 Berman, LyleLyle Berman $&0000000001412649.0000001,412,649 1989 $1,500 Limit Omaha
1992 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em
1994 $5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw
Johnny Chan.jpg 2002 Chan, JohnnyJohnny Chan
Orient Express
The Great Wall of China[1]
$&0000000004148868.0000004,148,868 1985 $1,000 Limit Hold'em
1987 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship
1988 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship
1994 $1,500 Seven Card Stud
1997 $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
2000 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
2002 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Gold Bracelet Match Play
2003 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em
2003 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha
2005 $2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em
Johnny Chan (10), Doyle Brunson (10), and Phil Hellmuth (11) are the only players with 10 or more WSOP bracelets.
BobbyBaldwin.jpg 2003 Baldwin, BobbyBobby Baldwin
The Owl
$&0000000000604900.000000604,900 1977 $5,000 Seven Card Stud
1977 $10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
1978 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship
1979 $10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
Casinos have employed Baldwin in various capacities due to his poker expertise.[1]
Berry Johnston 2007 cropped.jpg 2004 Johnston, BerryBerry Johnston $&0000000002057168.0000002,057,168 1983 $2,500 Match Play
1986 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship
1990 $2,500 Limit Hold'em
1995 $1,500 Limit Omaha
2001 $1,500 Razz
At the time of his induction into the Hall of Fame, he had the most WSOP cashes of any poker player. He has cashed in at least one event at every WSOP since 1982.[1]
2005 Binion, JackJack Binion $0 None Jack was the first host of the WSOP in 1970 and successor to the Horseshoe legacy after the death of his father, Benny Binion.[1]
Crandell Addington 2005 (cropped).jpg 2005 Addington, CrandellCrandell Addington
$&0000000000122650.000000122,650 None
TJ Cloutier.jpg 2006 Cloutier, T. J.T. J. Cloutier $&0000000004349316.0000004,349,316 1987 $1,000 Limit Omaha Hi
1994 $1,500 Limit Omaha 8 or Better
1994 $2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em
1998 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi
2004 $1,500 Seven Card Razz
2005 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em
Cloutier is the only person to have won bracelets in all three types (Pot Limit High, Limit High, and Limit 8-or-Better High-low split) of Omaha Hold'em.[1]
Billybaxter.jpg 2006 Baxter, BillyBilly Baxter $&0000000001162517.0000001,162,517 1975 $1,000 Deuce to Seven
1978 $10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
1982 $10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
1982 $2,500 Ace to Five Draw
1987 $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
1993 $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
2002 $1,500 Razz
While Baxter is best known for playing poker, it was Baxter v. United States where he made his greatest contribution to poker. Baxter fought the Internal Revenue Service and won the right to count poker winnings as earned income.[28] This means that poker winnings would be taxed at a lower rate than other forms of gambling.
2007 Enright, BarbaraBarbara Enright $&0000000000413385.000000413,385 1986 $500 Women's Seven Card Stud
1994 $1,000 Women's Seven Card Stud
1996 $2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em
Enright is the only woman to have advanced to the final table of the WSOP Main Event. She was the first woman to win 3 WSOP bracelets and the first to win an open event.[1]
Phil Hellmuth.jpg 2007 Hellmuth, PhilPhil Hellmuth
The Poker Brat
$&0000000006032391.0000006,032,391 1989 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship
1992 $5,000 Limit Hold'em
1993 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
1993 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em
1993 $5,000 Limit Hold'em
1997 $3,000 Pot Limit Hold'em
2001 $2,000 No Limit Hold'em
2003 $2,500 Limit Hold'em
2003 $3,000 No Limit Hold'em
2006 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em with rebuys
2007 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
In 1989, at age 24, Hellmuth became the youngest person to win the WSOP main event. It was not until 2008 that this distinction was broken by 22-year-old Peter Eastgate.[29] Hellmuth won his record-breaking 11th bracelet in the 2007 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Event. Hellmuth holds the records for most WSOP cashes (70) and most WSOP final tables (41).[30][31]
Dewey Tomko.jpg 2008 Tomko, DeweyDewey Tomko $&0000000002687900.0000002,687,900 1979 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em
1984 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha
1984 $10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
Dewey Tomko has won over $4.9 million in tournament poker.[32] Tomko has played in every WSOP since 1974, the longest streak ever.[1]
2008 Orenstein, HenryHenry Orenstein $&0000000000202100.000000202,100 1996 $5,000 Seven Card Stud Orenstein is the patent holder of the hole cam, which allows audiences to see player's hole cards,[33] and is a producer of Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament and High Stakes Poker.
Mike Sexton.jpg 2009 Sexton, MikeMike Sexton $&0000000000910792.000000910,792 1989 $1,500 Seven Card Stud 8/0B Sexton has live tournament winnings in excess of $3 million. He has made 21 final tables at the WSOP, including a bracelet in Seven Card Stud 8/OB in 1989. Sexton is perhaps better known for being a commentator on the World Poker Tour since season one.
Denotes player who is deceased.

See also


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