HarrahÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s announced this morning the list of poker players that are up for consideration for the 2009 Poker Hall of Fame class. The list is ten players long with Phil Ivey, Mike Sexton and Tom McEvoy included on the list.
In a press release HarrahÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stated: Ã¢â‚¬Å“After a five week process that saw hundreds of votes cast weekly on WSOP.com, the public has made clear who they think should be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. It will now be up to the current Hall of Famers and a panel of media members to determine who actually does join this exclusive club.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Those who made the list were McEvoy, Ivey and Mike Sexton who was heavily promoted by Party Poker. Dan Harrington, Scotty Nguyen, Erik Seidel, Tom Dwan, Barry Greenstein, Men Nguyen and Daniel Negreanu finish out the list.
HarrahÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stated that the list of ten players consists of the top ten players voted on by the public. HarrahÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s did not state which player earned the most votes from the public. Those who make the Hall of Fame will be added after receiving enough votes from the voting panel, which consists of the current members of the Hall of Fame and certain members of the Poker media.
The panel also has the right to vote for a person not on the public list so we may see new names added by the council. Members can vote as many players into the Hall of Fame as they would like but the only people who will be inducted will be those who receive 75 percent or more of the entire panelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s approval.
The players who are chosen to be added to the Poker Hall of Fame will be inducted during a ceremony that will take place at the Main event final table this November. It will be interesting to see which players voted on by the public will make the cut and if any players are added to the Hall of Fame that were not on the list.
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