Experience still matters most in hall of fame votes as two classic pros — Dan Harrington and Eric Seidel — were named today (Oct. 19) to the Poker Hall of Fame.
“I’m very honored to be elected to the Poker Hall of Fame this year and it’s an extra bonus for me to be going in with Dan Harrington,” said Seidel according to cardplayer.com. “We have played together and have been great friends for my entire poker career. Both of us refined our games at the Mayfair Club in New York.
“I have such a high regard for the many members of the Poker Hall of Fame that I have played with over the years and it’s a real privilege to be able to join them.”
Seidel is known for his heads-up standoff with Johnny Chan at the 1988 WSOP Main event which was featured in the movie Rounders. He has more than $10 million in tournament winnings and eight WSOP bracelets.
Harrington was the 1995 winner of the World Series of Poker main event, one of four times he’s made the event’s final table, and is the author of the intensely popular Harrington on Hold’em series.
This year’s nominees who will have to wait at least another year include, Chris Ferguson, Barry Greenstein, Jennifer Harman, Phil Ivey, Tom McEvoy, Daniel Negreaneu, Scotty Nguyen and Linda Johnson.
The induction will be made next month at a special ceremony Nov. 8 before play resumes at the WSOP main event final table.