Poker blogger Doyle Brunson woke up from one of his naps this past Sunday to chime in on the inductees for the 2009 Poker Hall of Fame. Or more specifically Phil Ivey, who he thinks is too young to get the nod.
It’s almost time to vote for the 2009 inductees into the Poker Hall Of Fame and I’m unsure of who my choices will be. I’m leaning toward the older guys with my first choice being Mike Sexton. We have to pick two and I’m thinking hard about my other vote. Phil Ivey is the best player on the list, but he is only 33 years old. Chip Reese is the youngest player to be inducted at the age of 40. Phil is great, but he still isn’t Chip. Give Phil a few more years and he will certainly be elected.
We tend to agree with Doyle here and we’re guessing Phil Ivey probably does too. Or doesn’t care, unless he has a prop bet on it. Hall of Fames aren’t for players still at the height of their careers, like Ivey. They’re for players whose careers have more to look back at then look forward to.
What do you think? Should Ivey be inducted at the age of 33? Should they have an age requirement for players put on the ballot (see Dwan)? Let us know in the comments.
Requirements for the Poker Hall of Fame after the jump.
Requirements for the Poker Hall of Fame:
- A gambler must have played poker against acknowledged top competition,
- Played for high stakes,
- Played consistently well, gained the respect of peers,
- And stood the test of time.
- Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results