It’s time to put Scotty in the Hall, baby.
The World Series of Poker has announced its 2012 finalists for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame.
It’s a very diverse 10-person list. The (unnecessary) “you must be 40 years old to qualify” rule has certainly introduced some names that many wouldn’t expect [looking at you, Eric Drache].
There are some major carryovers from last year as well, including Tom McEvoy and Scotty Nguyen.
We’ll publish our vote(s) soon, but let’s say this first: if Scotty Nguyen isn’t elected, the system is seriously flawed. The voters need to quit holding the 2008 Players Championship incident against him (which is the only reason he hasn’t be elected yet), move on, and realize he’s the most qualified candidate on the list.
Speaking of the aforementioned list, here is this year’s finalist:
BRIAN “SAILOR” ROBERTS
For more information, go to wsop.com here.
Team RISE: Scotty Nguyen, Maria Ho, Jean-Robert Bellande and Dani "Asnky" Stern (not pictured)
US-legal, membership poker site (which the Entities are involved with on varying levels) RISE Poker announced its first batch of pro signings today. Among the players set to promote the site both at major tournaments and online are Scotty Nguyen, Maria Ho, a woman, Jean-Robert Bellande and Dani “Ansky” Stern.
More on RISE Poker‘s announcement, including pro bios and more, here.
Rachel Nordtomme is a lock for first ballot induction into our Girls on the Rail Hall of Fame...voting starts next week.
Nominees for the 2010 Poker Hall of Fame have been announced. Not sure who we’re voting for yet–or if we’re voting for any of them.
Here’s the list, along with some thoughts on each:
:: Chris “Jesus” Ferguson – Has a Main Event win, five bracelets, is a Full Tilt founder, but hasn’t done much lately…or enough yet.
:: Barry Greenstein - Probably five more years of relevance away from a vote.
:: Jennifer Harman-Traniello – Not done enough yet. Plus didn’t she get elected into the Woman’s Poker Hall of Fame? Isn’t that enough for one year?
:: Dan Harrington – On the fence with Dan last year, still on the fence this year.
:: Phil Ivey - Tough one. If you vote for Ivey, you have to vote for Seidel. Feels like it’s postponing the inevitable not voting for Ivey at this point, but probably another couple of years away. However, anyone that doesn’t vote for Ivey is a racist.
:: Linda Johnson – Can see her getting the sentimental, “she’s such an ambassador!” vote. Not sold on her yet. Intrigued though.
:: Tom McEvoy - He might be a posthumous electee. Probably deserves more credit than he gets. Probably not getting a vote. Feels like he should marry Linda Johnson or something.
:: Daniel Negreanu – Had he pulled out a win in the WSOP-E Main Event or a bracelet over the past two years, would probably be in the discussion. Not this year though.
:: Scotty Ngyuen - Getting our vote. He’s done enough.
:: Erik Seidel – Tough one. Biggest “on the fence” guy for us. Definitely deserves election into the Twitter Hall of Fame though.
What do you think? Has Ivey done enough? Who is a lock? Who would you vote for?
Scotty Nguyen practicing temperance at the 2010 WSOP
Word on the floor is that Scotty Nguyen is looking to avoid previous…. unfortunate portrayals of him that involved one too many beers and the WSOP. So, he’s putting back the “near beer” O’Douls instead while playing the $10,000 Stud World Championship. Same beer flavor, 100% less embarrassment.
Here’s to the end of an era.
Watch Outtakes From Scotty Nguyen’s Expekt.com Commercial on RawVegas.tv
If you like watching a grown man wearing nothing but a helmet ride a child’s bicycle into a pool (who doesn’t?) then the above video is for you.