Poker legend TJ Cloutier shares tales from the poker trail.
Harrah's is planning lots of new things for this year's WSOP. One of the most interesting changes is giving players a vote as to who gets inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. The plan is to allow the general public to nominate anybody they want for the HOF via e-mail, and then a list of the top 10 nominees will be presented to the current members of the HOF. We'll go over the list and give our opinions of who should be inducted to join our "club."
You can nominate a player from now through July 2 at www.worldseriesofpoker.com by giving your nominee's name and up to 250 words about why you think he/she is a good choice for the HOF. Then, during the Main Event at the Rio, Harrah's will announce the Top Ten list of nominees by the public. In August, the Hall of Fame committee will get to review the public's nominations and determine if anybody else should be added. We'll be looking for any obvious omissions and for anybody who doesn't play poker for a living but has made big-time contributions to the game.
In September Harrah's will send us (the 16 living members of the HOF) the finalists and we'll each rank them in our order of preference. Reading right from the media guide for the WSOP: "In addition, a select group of media members (not to exceed the number of HOF voting members) will also be sent a ballot for ranking the finalists. All votes will be cast in private, with each HOF and media member entitled to keep their vote secret but not obligated to. After receiving all ballots, the HOF committee reviews the selections and helps finalize any tiebreakers or errors. Any finalist receiving 75 percent or more of the votes will be inducted during the enshrinement ceremony at the Final Table of Main Event on November 7, 2009."
There's no doubt in my mind that Tom McEvoy should be inducted into the HOF this year. He's been a leader in the poker world for about 25 years now, and won the championship in '83 plus three more bracelets since then. He also ran the first nonsmoking tournament in Las Vegas, has written a dozen poker books (four of them with me), and has the best reputation in the gaming world for integrity.
Right now I've gotta drive my scooter to the $1,000 buy-in, no-limit hold'em tournament at the WSOP, where I'll be butting heads and matching wits with 6,000 of my closest friends. If you run into me-or I run over you-along the way, say hello. Till then, this is TJ signing off from the WSOP to the world.
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