Patrik Antonius and WSOP commentators Lon McEachern and Norman Chad are also first-time contenders for the award.
For years the poker community has begged the question, how is it that PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg has not been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame?
This year he finally has a chance as he has been named among the nominees for the award. 31 of the existing inductees will pick one winner this year for the prestigious honour.
Scheinberg is credited as having a pivotal part in the growth of the online game, something which has largely been overlooked in the Poker Hall of Fame which is really a live-poker-centric award. The timing is controversial as this year Scheinberg pleaded guilty to the Black Friday charges against him.
He is joined by fellow first-time nominees Patrik Antonius, Lon McEachern and Norman Chad, as well as repeat nominees Eli Elezra, Antonio Esfandiari, Chris Ferguson, Mike Matusow, Huck Seed and Matt Savage.
The criteria, as always, is as follows:
- A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
- Played for high stakes
- Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination
- Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
- 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
The 2020 inductee will be revealed on December 30 as the World Series of Poker Main Event heads-up match is played.
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