Poker Hall of Fame nomination list causing controversy

The WSOP recently announced the Poker Hall of Fame inductee nominees, but it’s who isn’t included this year that’s making waves.

This year’s nominees include Chris Bjorin, Humberto Brenes, Todd Brunson, Eli Elezra, Bruno Fitoussi, Chris Moneymaker, Carlos Mortensen, Max Pescatori, Matt Savage and David 'Devilfish' Ulliott.

Several on the list are no brainers. Devilfish, who passed away last April, is on the list, and it’s pretty much unanimous that he should be. But some nominations are causing controversy.

Chris Moneymaker, for example, is feeling the wrath on social media, with many arguing that he just hasn’t done enough for poker to advance the game. His biggest win came back in 2003 when he won the World Series of Poker Main Event for $2.5 million. Since then, his total tournament earnings have reached about $3.6 million. That’s $1.1 million in 13 years, which is about the equivalent of making $85k a year.

But it’s not the fact that he hasn’t won a lot that makes people question whether he deserves to be on the list. It’s that he has failed to make headlines. So what put Moneymaker on this list? Well, his win, which came after he steamrolled a small buy-in at an online poker site into a Main Event win pretty much helped online poker grow become what it is today. And the fact that his name spells success didn’t hurt either.

Perhaps a much better fit for the Hall of Fame would be Joe Hachem, who won the World Series of Poker just two years after Moneymaker. He also has a WPT title and a total of over $12 million in tournament winnings. But alas, he didn’t make the list.

This year’s inductee will be announced in October. We’ll keep you updated on who wins and the chaos that ensues should Moneymaker make his way in.

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