2010 Poker Hall of Fame Class Exhibits True Class in Poker
The Poker Hall of Fame announced it's new class today. Erik Seidel and Dan Harrington were both announced today to be the 2010 inductees to the Poker Hall of Fame.
Dan Harrington is naturally deserving of enshrinement. He has two WSOP bracelets, including his 2005 Main Event win. He also has 1 WPT Title. However, his greatest achievement is considered to be his back to back final tables in 2003 and 2004 at the WSOP Main Event. At the time, the 2003 and 2004 Main Events were the largest Main Event's in the history of the WSOP. Harrington finished 3rd and 4th respectively in fields of 839 and 2,576. In addition, Harrington co-authored a series of instructional books that improved the game of many NL players.
In regards to his playing style, I personally learned a lot about NL Holdem from watching Dan play. He has always been a player I respected, not just for his prowess at the table, but his demeanor as well. He may have lost a step or two due to his age when it comes to the game, but he is one I always root for when he is playing.
Erik Seidel easily qualified for this honor. Only four people in the history of poker have more bracelets than him. In addition he has one WPT title. He has over $10 Million in tournament earnings and has the respect of everyone in the game of poker. Of course, most players know him for his appearance on Rounders when he lost the 1988 Main Event to Johnny Chan.
I got to meet and play with Erik Seidel in the 2006 WSOP during the $1.500 Limit Event. He was no different then than you see him on Television. Very quiet, reserved, and a fierce competitor. In fact, the only time he really said much of anything was when he said something about my card protector chip being nearly the same color as the chips in the stack. Even then, he wasn't nasty but very polite. I ribbed him a bit about it too. Overall, he was a class act at the table.
He was also a class act away from the table as well. I have played less over the last three years due to my work duties but I have had occasion to run into him. When we have spoken, he actually remembered me from our event and was always pleasant to talk to. We aren't buddies or anything, but at least he didn't give the typical brush off you see from so many.
Seidel has been described by many as a true friend away from the table, especially Annie Duke who is one of his biggest supporters. Erik is probably one of the only people that I would root for at a final table over Phil Ivey. Seidel is proof that sometimes the good guys do indeed finish first.
Congratulations to both Dan Harrington and Erik Seidel, both class acts and now members of the Poker Hall of Fame.