Sometimes Danny Boy is just churning out hot air. However, Negreanu actually wrote a blog post that you should probably read, especially if you have strong opinions on the Poker Hall of Fame selects their members. First of all, the HOF is a made up entity by the people who own the WSOP brand, so it's as much a marketing tool for them as it genuinely honors skills and achievement in poker. With that said, they have a basic set of requirements that have become the new standard in determine the best of the best.
- A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
- Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination
- Played for high stakes
- Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
- Stood the test of time
My biggest issue is the 40-year old age requirement. Unless a player is deceased, there should be at least a minimum age to enter at 50 and even 55 years old. It's easy for professional sporting leagues to determine their HOF eligible players based on predetermined waiting period from the last time they played a game. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame determines eligibility based on a 30-year mark after a group was formed, so that means any band or musician who turned pro before 1986 is eligible to get the nod into the R&R HOF. Expect some of your favorite hair metal bands to get inducted in the upcoming years. And grunge rockers are just around the corner. In pro sports, the Hall of Famers are retired. In rock and roll, the Hall of Famers are essentially nostalgia acts. But in poker, Hall of Famers are still competing with the likes of their peers. That's why I always thought the 40-year old age requirement was a little low since poker players can stay sharp well into their golden years.
Daniel Negreanu penned a blog post about this year's batch of Poker Hall of Fame nominees. Based on the simple requirements for inclusion, Negreanu determined that only four of the 10 met all five requirements in his eyes: Chris Bjorin, Todd Brunson, David 'Devilfish' Ulliott, and Carlos Mortensen. In case you were wondering, Humberto Brenes came close in Danny Boy's eyes, but the Godfather of Latin American Poker only met 4 out 5 criteria. Negreanu argued strongly for Carlos Mortensen's inclusion.
Negreanu also listed several other names that he felt should get consideration for the Poker Hall of Fame. Among those on Negreanu's list: David Chiu, David Oppenheim, Ray Dehkharghani, Jeff Lisandro, Johnny World Hennigan, Huck Seed, EPT creator John Duthie, and PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg.
Read Negreanu's blog post here.
One thing I'm sure on is that Carlos will be getting my vote. The question is, will I give him all 10 of my votes or spread them around? I'm not sure yet, but I do believe the Matador is deserving of the honor.