The Poker Hall of Fame has two new members with Dan Harrington and Erik Seidel announced earlier this week as the newest members of the elite group, taking the total number of players inducted into poker immortality to 40.
The announcement comes in preparation for their official induction into the Poker Hall of Fame which will be conducted during the November Nine Final Table of the World Series of Poker. Although the Hall of Fame has no fixed home at this time, the ceremony will be held at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on November 8th 2010.
Dan Harrington punched his ticket to the Poker Hall of Fame on the back of four World Series of Poker Main Event final tables including his victory in 1995. Two of his final table appearances came during the mega-field era (2003 and 2004), but his lasting legacy to the poker community is far more than running good a few times in the biggest tournament of the year. The respected book series Harrington on Hold’em were authored by Dan Harrington and several other handpicked contributors. These books are often mentioned by many of the contemporary stars of the game as a corner stone in their development of poker knowledge and a must-read for those looking to advance their game. In all, Harrington has earned more than $6 million from poker tournaments and holds a World Poker Tour title and two World Series of Poker bracelets. He has travelled the world playing poker professionally and is well regarded as an approachable ambassador for the game.
Erik Seidel could be labelled a quiet achiever in the game. The Team Full Tilt Pro has won both World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour titles, and a resume that few in the game can match. Seidel has eight WSOP bracelets across a broad range of games including No Limit Hold’em, Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, and Deuce to Seven Lowball. At $10,300,000 in live tournament earnings, he is ranked among the top ten live circuit money earners of all time.
Interestingly enough both Harrington and Seidel have their poker origins in the underground New York poker club scene and both participated in games at the famed Mayfair Club. Seidel made mention of this fact during a recent interview when he said, “It’s an extra bonus for me to be going in with Dan Harrington. We have played together and have been great friends for my entire poker career. Both of us refined our games at the Mayfair Club in New York.”
While the two 2010 inductees will join such poker luminaries as Stu Ungar, Chip Reese, Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim and Johnny Moss, others will have to wait for future inductions. On the shortlist of Hall of Fame nominees this year were Chris Ferguson, Barry Greenstein, Jennifer Harman, Phil Ivey, Linda Johnson, Tom McEvoy, Daniel Negreanu and Scotty Nguyen. All of those poker identities are considered strong chances to be inducted into the elite group in future years.
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Erik Seidel will be inducted into the 2010 Poker Hall of Fame
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