2012 Poker Hall of Fame Nominations Open
Earlier this week, the World Series of Poker announced that the nomination process has begun for the 2012 Poker Hall of Fame
The hall inducts up to two people each year. Barry Greenstein and Linda Johnson received the nod in 2011.
Poker Junkie blogger Compncards tells us his nominations for this year's class and who he thinks should get special consideration for a future class.
Jennifer Harman-Traniello - The Best All-Around Female Poker Player and Mom
Last year, I said that Jennifer had become my new Barry Greenstein.
In 2010, I felt that Greenstein would have gotten the nod had Erik Seidel not been on the ballot. In 2011, Greenstein became Seidel and Jen moved up the list.
She is, simply put, the greatest all-around female poker player in the history of our game. With 2.6 million in earnings and two WSOP bracelets, her track record speaks for itself.
Also, you cannot discount the fact that she has stayed successful after multiple health issues in the past and having two kids.
Jen gets my nod for this year's class.
John Juanda - He Won't Get In, But He Gets My Vote
A player with $12.45 million in career earnings, 5 WSOP bracelets, 6 WPT final tables and 8th on the all-time money list would seem a lock for induction this year right?
Not if the voters hold to recent historical patterns. Typically, the voters have been electing one player and one "contributor" each of the last few years.
While Dan Harrington, Mike Sexton and Linda Johnson are all obviously great poker players, their contributions away from the table factored in heavily to their induction.
This year, I think that the contributor will be Jack McClelland. Last year the rumblings started about getting Jack in the hall, and I think this year is his year.
Unless something changes and they decide to put in Tom McEvoy, I think John will have to wait until 2013.
Chris Moneymaker for the Hall of Fame?
2003 WSOP Main Event Champion Chris Moneymaker has clearly not had a Hall of Fame career since he took down the largest prize in poker.
However, he is largely the figurehead for the poker boom.
The last criteria of the Poker Hall of Fame states that "non-players" need to have "contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results."
As I mentioned earlier, contributions by some players away from the tables have factored into induction, so why not for Moneymaker?
The "Moneymaker Effect" led to the largest influx of poker players that the game has ever seen. Many of us that play today either took up poker or decided to try our hand at professional poker based on his success.
Almost all of us working in the poker media today owe our jobs to Moneymaker and the world of professional poker tournaments would not be where it is today without his suckout on Ivey and eventual march to the title in 2003.
Whether we celebrate the man or the effect that his win had on the game of poker, Chris Moneymaker should garner some consideration for the Poker Hall of Fame.
With that said, it should be done in a year where the selections for "contributors" to the game are limited, which is probably about 3 to 4 years away at minimum.
The Poker Hall of Fame nomination process is open to everyone and if you would like to cast your own nomination, head over the WSOP Hall of Fame website.