Erik Seidel and Dan Harrington To Be Inducted Into Poker Hall of Fame On November 8thPublished on October 19th, 2010 3:18 pm EST
According to WSOP.com, Dan Harrington and Erik Seidel will be joining the Poker Hall of Fame as the official class of 2010. Harrington and Seidel will be formally inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame on November 8th at the Rio.
The nominees for the Poker Hall of Fame that didn't make it this year? Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Chris Ferguson, Barry Greenstein, Jennifer Harman-Traniello, Linda Johnson, Tom McEvoy and Scotty Nguyen.
The main criteria for making it into the Poker Hall of Fame are:
-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
Some people may wonder why Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu haven't been inducted, given the immense success that they have both enjoyed over the years. The general consensus is that they are both too young to be inducted as of yet, but that they will certainly be included sometime in the future.
Barry Greenstein fits all of the criteria and is likely to be inducted over the next few years.
Including Harrington and Seidel, there are now 40 Poker Hall of Fame members. Of those 40 members, 18 are still alive. Some of the previous inductees have included Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson and Stu Ungar.
Dan Harrington has over $6.6 million in total lifetime tournament cashes, including a WSOP main event win (1995) and a WPT title. Harrington has made the World Series of Poker main event final table four times during the course of his career, including back-to-back appearances in 2003 and 2004. This is a feat that may never be accomplished again.
Harrington is an immensely influential player due to his wildly popular "Harrington on Hold'em" books that have been read by legions of poker players.
Erik Seidel has over $10 million in total lifetime tournament cashes, which puts him in 10th place on the all-time money list.
Seidel has a total of eight World Series of Poker bracelets as well as one WPT title. Seidel famously finished in second place in the 1988 World Series of Poker main event, eventually losing to Johnny Chan in a hand that was immortalized in the movie "Rounders".
Seidel, who is known as being one of the nicest guys on the tournament circuit, is also a member of "Team Full Tilt".
Source: WSOP.com - Poker Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2010
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