In the game of poker, top honors, titles, and prizes are typically fought for on the felt. However, there is one honor in the game that is determined away from the felt and it is one of the most prestigious honors poker has to offer--entry into the Poker Hall of Fame.
While the 42 members of the Hall of Fame may have earned the status necessary to join such an elite group on the felt, it was their peers and members of the poker community that ultimately decided they deserved such an honor. Last year, the poker world deemed Barry Greenstein and Linda Johnson worthy to join poker's most elite fraternity. The time has come this year to determine who will be joining them in 2012.
As in past years, the first step is a public nomination process, which is now open. Fans and poker enthusiasts can fill out a nomination form on WSOP.com and submit their picks for the class of 2012. The top nominees will then be voted on by the living members of the Hall of Fame as well as a blue ribbon media panel. The new inductees will then be honored as part of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event final table festivities at the end of October.
The public can nominate anyone they see fit, but keep in mind the criteria set forth to be a part of the Hall of Fame:
♠ A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
♠ Played for high stakes
♠ Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination
♠Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
♠ Stood the test of time
♠ Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.
This is your chance to have a say in who is bestowed one of poker's top honors, so pick your candidate and nominate them before the end of the month when public nominations close. Vote now.