Posts Tagged ‘poker hall of fame’

Phil Ivey on Bilzerian Rumor, Craps and Early Days

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Often billed as the world’s best poker player, Phil Ivey has kept a low profile throughout most of his career. But over the last year or so, Ivey has been opening up more and doing some interviews. This is definitely a good thing for the poker world, which is always interested in hearing more about the legends and rumors surrounding the 9-time WSOP champion.

Recently, Bluff Magazine’s Thomas Keeling got a quick interview with Ivey. And this brief chat included a number of intriguing tidbits, such as how he got started, his supposed craps habit, and what he thinks about Dan Bilzerian saying he’s broke.

In the first part of the interview, Ivey discusses his early poker days, including when he used a fake I.D. to play at Atlantic City casinos as a 20-year-old. When asked about the stories of him sleeping under the Boardwalk, he said, “What happened was, I lived in North Jersey, so you take the bus down. And if you missed the last bus coming back, and you didn’t have any money…what can you do? So I ended up sleeping under the Boardwalk a couple of times.”

In regard to his love of craps, Ivey said that he doesn’t play as much as he used to. The 38-year-old added that he likes “to take chances sometimes” and doesn’t believe that playing casino games is a problem if its within your bankroll and won’t affect your livelihood.

Ivey also covered the rumor that Dan Bilzerian has been spreading about him being broke. He practically dismissed the rumor by saying, “I don’t even think I’ve played a hand of poker with him.” Ivey added, “People can say what they want to say. I don’t really feed into that. I really don’t know the guy, so his opinion is his opinion. He doesn’t really know my financial status. So it’s okay, it doesn’t really bother me that much.”

There’s plenty more from this interview below. So if you’ve got a few moments, it’s definitely worth watching.

Poker Hall of Fame, EPT San Remo Updates

Friday, October 28th, 2011

There are some big updates in the poker world to report dealing with the Poker Hall of Fame and 2011 EPT San Remo tournament.  First off, Barry Greenstein and Linda Johnson were inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame yesterday.

Barry Greenstein was a virtual lock after looking at the nominees, which included Annie Duke, Huck Seed, Tom McEvoy, Jack McClelland, Jennifer Harman-Traniello, John Juanda, Marcel Luske and Scotty Nguyen. Greenstein, who is called the Robin Hood of Poker for his charity work, got into the Hall via his $7.5 million in live tournament cashes and two WPT titles. In addition to this, Greenstein is a regular in the high stakes poker world.

Linda Johnson’s resume includes being a driving force in starting the World Poker Tour, and starting CardPlayer Magazine mostly by herself. She is also a solid poker player with over $342,000 in winnings and a WSOP bracelet – though this played much less of a factor in her Poker Hall of Fame induction.

As for the 2011 EPT San Remo, the tournament was won by an unheralded player by the name of Andrey Pateychuk. The Russian player, who had just $46k in live tournament cashes before this victory, added another €680,000 ($965k) to his poker earnings after beating Dimitar Danchev heads-up.

When the two players were the only ones remaining on the EPT San Remo final table, they decided to split €1.2 million of the leftover prize money, and play for the other €80,000. After a couple of hours of play, the two players were still near-even until Pateychuk went all-in with 6-7 unsuited. Danchev called with 9-T unsuited and flopped top pair with 9’s; unfortunately for him, the next two cards gave Pateychuk a runner-runner straight, and he won the hand.

With very few chips left, Danchev was quickly eliminated, which gave Andrey Pateychuk the victory.

Erik Seidel & Dan Harrington Admitted To Poker Hall Of Fame

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Last month the Poker Hall of Fame inducted two new players—Erik Seidel and Dan Harrington. The two men making up the Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2010 are both well deserving of the title.

Dan Harrington has been making his name on the professional poker scene since he cashed in the 1986 World Series of Poker. However, he is best known for winning the 1995 World Series of Poker main event. He took home to WSOP bracelets that year.

Erik Seidel has won eight bracelets, and has made a huge impact on the poker world. You may remember that his second place finish to Johnny Chan was depicted in Rounders. Seidel has won bracelets across the board, in all different games from Limit Hold’em and Limit Omaha Hi-Low to No Limit games, Pot Limit Omaha, Deuce to Seven Lowball and more.

There were concerns this year, coming primarily from poker-great Doyle Brunson, that some of the nominees for the poker HOF this year were too young. However, Harrington and Seidel are both well-seasoned in the world of poker. Their younger counterparts, Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan, will have to wait for their turn to be inducted.

The induction of Harrington and Seidel to the Poker Hall of Fame will take place this Monday, November 8, at 8pm PT. The ceremony will take place at the Penn and Teller Theater. Following the induction ceremony the 2010 WSOP Main Event will continue, playing down to the winner.

Is Phil Ivey Too Young For The Poker Hall Of Fame? Doyle Brunson Thinks So.

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Back in August the nominations for Poker Hall of Fame 2010 opened and the poker world has been on the edge of their seats waiting to find out which poker greats will make the cut this year. One of the prime candidates for admission into the Poker Hall of Fame, in the eyes of many poker fans, is Phil Ivey. However, despite Ivey’s success in the professional poker arena, Doyle Brunson thinks that the 34-year old poker player is too young to make it into the Poker Hall of Fame.

What qualifies Ivey for the Poker Hall of Fame? Well, for starters he won an L.A. Classic title in 2008, he’s got 8 WSOP bracelets under his belt, 9 WPT final tables, he is the top live tournament winner of all time, and that’s just a short list of his accomplishments. However, one of the requirements for players to gain entrance to the Poker Hall of Fame is that they must have “stood the test of time.” In Brunson’s opinion, Ivey is still too young to prove that he has stood the test of time.

Last year, 26-year old Tom “Durr” Dwan was nominated for the Poker Hall of Fame but was denied a spot because of his age. However, Ivey is substantially older than Dwan and has more years of experience in the game. Brunson also thinks that Daniel Negreanu, who is 36, is too young to become a hall of famer.

Poker Hall Of Fame 2010 Nominations Are Open

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

The nomination process for the 2010 Poker Hall Of Fame at Harrahs has opened and so far more than 180 players have been nominated. The Communications Director of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) says that the nomination process is going extremely well and that, among them, are some amazing potential Hall of Famers, though the official list of nominees has yet to be released.

So when will we find out who the official nominees for 2010 Poker Hall Of Fame induction are? The top 10 nominees are going to be weeded out next week and then a nomination committee will review them. You may remember that last year one of the nominees, Tom “Durrr” Dwan, ended up being vetoed by the committee because he had not been playing poker for long enough. Nominees must have a successful poker career under their belt and they felt Dwan was too young in the poker world. Once the nominees are narrowed down to ten, the inductees will be named by a select board and the 16 current living members of the Poker Hall Of Fame.

Requirements for induction into the Poker Hall Of Fame are as follows:

  • Player must have played against acknowledged top competition in the poker world
  • Player must have played for high stakes
  • Player must have played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
  • Player must have “stood the test of time”

Non-players can also be inducted into the hall of fame for contributing to the overall success and growth of the game of poker as a whole.

Poker Hall of Fame Welcomes Mike Sexton

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

The Poker Hall of Fame recently inducted its 38th member, Mike Sexton. Sexton won out over the other nominees, which included poker greats Barry Greenstein, Dan Harrington, Phil Ivey, Tom McEvoy, Men Nguyen, Scotty Nguyen, Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel.

There is no doubt in my mind that Sexton was the best choice for this year’s inductee. He meets all the criteria set for Poker Hall of Famers. He has been winning at poker consistently for almost 30 years, playing against other world-class players and is well respected in the poker community. Sexton boasts over $3.7 million in poker tournament winnings, and has taken home a WSOP bracelet. He is also a respected poker commentator and has been announcer at the World Poker Tour and has promoted the game of poker through a number of channels.

Most respectably, Sexton is a philanthropist and recently co-founded Poker Gives is an organization that provides a way for the poker world to give back to the community through charitable organizations. Just a few of the organizations that Poker Gives works with include the Special Olympics, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

As someone who is not only a skilled poker player who has stood the test of time, but also a promoter and spokesperson for the game, Sexton surely deserves his newfound title. Kudos Mike!

Poker Hall of Fame 2009 Nominees Announced

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Admittance into the Poker Hall of Fame is one of the biggest honors in the world of poker. The nominees that will be considered for the 2009 induction are surely on the edge of their seats, waiting to find out if they will receive this prestigious award (I know I would be!).

In order to be nominated for the Poker Hall of Fame, a player must meet a number of criteria. The player must have:

  • Played poker for high stakes
  • Played against recognized top competitors
  • Played well consistently over the years, standing the test of time
  • Non-players must have proven to contribute to the growth and success of poker

This years nominees include Barry Greenstein, Dan Harrington, Phil Ivey, Tom McEvoy, Men Nguyen, Scotty Nguyen, Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel and Mike Sexton. 22-year old Tom “Durrrr” Dwan was originally one of the nominees. However, he was removed likely due to his age. The Poker Hall of Fame council said, “We wish him well and expect he will again be considered once he has ‘stood the test of time.'”

I’m looking forward to finding out who the 2009 inductees will be!