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Vote for the Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Once again the Poker Hall of Fame has opened the initial voting for the next class of the Poker Hall of Fame. Fans can nominate their favorite players and personalities, or nominate who they feel are the most deserving to receive one of poker’s highest honors. Once again the process will see the top 10 vote-getters during the fan-voting stage become finalists. From there a panel of selected poker media and living Poker Hall of Fame members will cast their ballots and determine who will be part of the 2012 Poker Hall of Fame class.

The nominees must meet certain eligibility criteria, including:

  • A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
  • Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination (the “Chip Reese” rule)
  • Played for high stakes
  • Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
  • Stood the test of time
  • Or, for nonplayers, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.

After years of only one player receiving enough votes to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, two years ago the voting requirements were loosened in order to see multiple nominees receive enough votes to be inducted (in 2010 both Erik Seidel and Dan Harrington were honored, and in 2011 it was Barry Greenstein and Linda Johnston who made the cut). This year’s frontrunners include John Juanda, Scotty Nguyen, Huck Seed, Jack McClelland, Marcel Luske, Jen Harman, and Tom McEvoy, all of whom have been finalists in recent years.

My dark-horse picks for the Class of 2012 are Barry Shulman and John Duthie, both of whom have excelled both as players and as part of the poker industry (Shulman with Cardplayer Magazine and Duthie with the European Poker Tour).

You can cast your vote for this year’s Poker Hall of Fame by visiting http://www.wsop.com/phof/

Here is a look at the 42 members of the Poker Hall of Fame:

  • Johnny Moss
  • Nick “The Greek” Dandolos
  • Felton “Corky” McCorquodale
  • Red Winn
  • Sid Wyman
  • James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok
  • Edmond Hoyle
  • Blondie Forbes
  • Bill Boyd
  • Tom Abdo
  • Joe Bernstein
  • Murph Harrold
  • Red Hodges
  • Henry Green
  • Walter Clyde “Puggy” Pearson
  • Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson
  • Jack “Treetop” Straus
  • Fred “Sarge” Ferris
  • Benny Binion
  • David “Chip” Reese
  • Thomas “Amarillo Slim” Preston
  • Jack Keller
  • Julius Oral Popwell
  • Roger Moore
  • Stu “The Kid” Ungar
  • Lyle Berman
  • Johnny “The Orient Express” Chan
  • Bobby “The Owl” Baldwin
  • Berry Johnston
  • Jack Binion
  • Crandell “Dandy” Addington
  • T.J. Cloutier
  • Billy Baxter
  • Barbara Enright
  • Phil Hellmuth
  • Dewey Tomko
  • Henry Orenstein
  • Mike Sexton
  • Dan Harrington
  • Erik Seidel
  • Linda Johnson
  • Barry Greenstein

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