Chris Moneymaker and David Oppenheim joined the list of Poker Hall of Fame players
During the WSOP Main Event, Chris Moneymaker and David Oppenheim were incorporated as the 57th and 58th Poker Hall of Fame members. These two names joined thirty living Poker Hall of Fame members along with a 21-person media panel voted for in modern poker’s elite.
The Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to rectitude the players who made an invaluable contribution to the development of the poker industry.
There are the following criteria while casting:
- A candidate must have played poker in an acknowledged top competition.
- Be not younger than 40 years old.
- Be a high stakes player.
- Played very well consistently and gain the respect of peers.
- Stood the test of time.
- Demonstrate constant success and growth of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.
Chris Moneymaker might not satisfy all of the requirements, especially in playing in high stakes games. However, the poker industry can’t deny the significant contribution he made, causing the poker boom after winning the 2003 WSOP Main Event for $2,500,000. He proved to the world that online poker players could be taken seriously and provided a considerable growth after parlaying a win in a satellite at PokerStars into the WSOP Main Event title.
“I’m very honored… very happy,” says Moneymaker. “It’s great for my kids — it’ll be a cool thing for them to see when they grow up.”
One the other hand, David Oppenheim, a well-known as a tournament player, won around $2 million in live tournament earnings. However, unlike the other nominees for the 2019 Poker Hall of Fame Class, Oppenheim is yet to win a WSOP bracelet or any major poker title.
The 46-year-old American is one of the best tournament poker players of our time. He started his poker career when he was 19 years old.
“Being recognized as one of the all-time greats by my peers is truly humbling, and I am honored to have been selected to the Poker Hall of Fame,” said Oppenheim about his induction. “I have been so fortunate to be able to do what I love for a living. I never planned to be a professional poker player; rather, it was a passion that became my job. People often ask me, how does one become a professional poker player? The answer is hard work, and that goes for everyone that plays at the highest level. From the time I began playing, I was incredibly passionate about poker, and it led to me being able to travel this road that has been traveled by very few. Again, I am extremely grateful to be receiving this honor. Thank you.”
Poker Hall of Fame Current Members
|Tom Abdo||1982||Barry Greenstein||2011||Johnny Moss||1979|
|Crandell Addington||2005||Jennifer Harman||2015||Daniel Negreanu||2014|
|Bobby Baldwin||2003||Dan Harrington||2010||Scotty Nguyen||2013|
|Billy Baxter||2006||Murph Harrold||1984||David Oppenheim||2019|
|Lyle Berman||2002||Phil Hellmuth||2007||Henry Orenstein||2008|
|Joe Bernstein||1983||John Hennigan||2018||Walter “Puggy” Pearson||1987|
|Benny Binion||1990||James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok||1979||Julius Oral Popwell||1996|
|Jack Binion||2005||Red Hodges||1985||Thomas Austin “Amarillo Slim” Preston||1992|
|Bill Boyd||1981||Edmond Hoyle||1979||David “Chip” Reese||1991|
|Doyle Brunson||1988||Phil Ivey||2017||Brian “Sailor” Roberts||2012|
|Todd Brunson||2016||Linda Johnson||2011||Erik Seidel||2010|
|Johnny Chan||2002||Berry Johnston||2004||Mike Sexton||2009|
|T.J. Cloutier||2006||John Juanda||2015||Jack “Treetop” Straus||1988|
|Nick Dandolos||1979||Jack Keller||1993||Duane “Dewey” Tomko||2008|
|Eric Drache||2012||Jack McClelland||2014||David “Devilfish” Ulliott||2017|
|Barbara Enright||2007||Felton McCorquodale||1979||Stu “The Kid” Ungar||2001|
|Mori Eskandani||2018||Tom McEvoy||2013||Red Winn||1979|
|Fred “Sarge” Ferris||1989||Chris Moneymaker||2019||Sid Wyman||1979|
|Henry Green||1986||Roger Moore||1997|
|T “Blondie” Forbes||1980||Carlos Mortensen||2016|