Although the Poker Hall of Fame has clear requirements for how players gain entry, there’s always some level of debate over player-contributor hybrids like Chris Moneymaker and Bruno Fitoussi. But Daniel Negreanu isn’t one for interpretation when it comes to the HOF; instead, he thinks that players should be judged solely based on their accomplishments.
Detailing his thoughts through a blog post on FullContactPoker, Negreanu begins by listing the actual Poker HOF requirements:
– A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
– Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination
– Played for high stakes
– Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
– Stood the test of time
Negreanu goes on to write the following, specifically pointing out whether or not Moneymaker has done enough as a player to warrant HOF consideration:
“When you are done reading it… read it again. Does it say anywhere that a player needs to be a good ambassador for the game? Does it say anywhere that it matters how much the nominees donated to children’s charities? No. It doesn’t.
“If you are voting, and disagree with the criteria for entry, raise that issue, but please respect the rules and vote accordingly. This isn’t a popularity contest nor is it a place to just get people you think are nice guys in.
“A player should be judged based on the criteria designed for player inductions. A non-player should be judged for their work in the industry. So, a guy like Chris Moneymaker, for example, should be judged solely as a player. Which means that any of the great things he has done over the years as an ambassador for the game have no relevance. He is to be judged by the criteria designed for players.”
Based on the requirements, Negreanu writes that the only nominees he has down as clearly meeting the player requirements include Chris Bjorin, Todd Brunson, Carlos Mortensen, and Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott.
While Negreanu hasn’t decided how to cast his vote yet, he’s pretty sure that Mortensen is a good candidate to get in. After all, the Spaniard has won the WSOP Main Event, 2 WSOP gold bracelets, WPT Championship, and 3 WPT titles – all in a limited tournament schedule.
You can see Negreanu’s entire post here.
As for who else gets in besides Mortensen, Moneymaker seems like a strong candidate – despite what Negreanu thinks. After all, the former accountant was the face of the early poker boom after winning the 2003 WSOP Main Event.
Devilfish is another strong candidate, based not only on his play, which includes over $6 million in tournament winnings, but also on how his persona and TV appearances helped inspire many Brits to play poker.