Back on July 30, 2013, Canterbury Park Card Casino announced the establishment of the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame to honor top poker players from the state and others that have played a key role in Minnesota's poker development.
"The Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame will celebrate the success of local poker players and recognize those that have positively contributed to the betterment of the game," said Michael Hochman, Canterbury Park’s Senior Director of Casino Operations.
The original release about the formation of the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame stated that the first inductees would be unveiled later in the year with the first induction to be held on Oct. 4. On Friday, Canterbury Park Card Casino announced that Lyle Berman became the first member of the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame.
Berman's selection came of no surprise. The Minnesota native is a key industry professional, with many ties to several successful Minnesota businesses.
"Lyle is not only a fierce competitor at the highest limits, he completely and indelibly changed the world of poker when he co-founded the World Poker Tour,” said Hochman. "We talked to a great deal of people about inaugural nominees into the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame, and literally everyone’s first answer was Lyle Berman."
Among Berman's poker accomplishments are three World Series of Poker bracelets, 16 WSOP cashes, and nearly $2.7 million in live tournament earnings.