The Poker Hall of Fame was founded in Las Vegas in 1979 by Benny Binion, owner of the Horseshoe Casino, to preserve the names and legacies of the world’s greatest poker players. Those who’ve been selected for the Poker Hall of Fame have stood the test of time and are considered among the best and most influential poker players that have ever lived. The minimum age requirement to be eligible for the PHoF is 40.
Poker Hall of Fame - What is it and who is a member?
What is the Poker Hall of Fame?
The Poker Hall of Fame is a virtual recognition of the very best players and personalities in poker. Each year, at least one new person is inducted into the HoF, and to date there are over 60 inductees, made up of some of the biggest and most recognisable names in the game.
How are members of the Poker Hall of Fame decided?
The members of the Poker Hall of Fame are decided by the WSOP. They release a list of 10 nominees, and then the existing, living members of the HoF will then vote on who they believe the next inductee should be. Nominations can be influenced by the public, but the ultimate decision of the nominee list lies with the WSOP.
What is the criteria to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame?
There are a few criteria a person must meet to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. After Tom Dwan was nearly added in 2009, then being just 23 years old, a rule was introduced where any inductee must be at least 40 years of age.
Inductees must also have played at high stakes, against ‘acknowledged top competition’ and ‘stood the test of time.’ Non-playing inductees must have made a significant contribution to poker or contributed to the growth or success of the game as a whole.
Poker Hall of Fame FAQs
Is Phil Ivey in the Poker Hall of Fame?
Yes, Phil Ivey is in the Poker HoF. The American was inducted in 2017, the same year he turned 40, and is largely considered as one of the best poker players of all time.
Is Daniel Negreanu in the Poker Hall of Fame?
Yes, Daniel Negreanu is in the Poker HoF. Similarly to Ivey, Negreanu was inducted when he turned 40, in 2014. The Canadian has continued to cement his legacy as one of the true greats of the game, and is currently the main ambassador for GG Poker.
Are there any women in the Poker Hall of Fame?
Yes, several women have been inducted into the Poker HoF, including the likes of Jennifer Harman. The first women to be inducted was Barbara Enright in 2007. Enright was the first (and to date, the only) female to reach the final table of the WSOP Main Event, and also the first woman to win three WSOP bracelets.
Who was the 2022 inductee into the Poker Hall of Fame?
Layne Flack was the 2022 inductee into the Poker HoF. Flack sadly passed away in 2021 after a gleaming poker career in which the American won six WSOP bracelets and racked up over $5 million in tournament winnings.