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My Nominations for the 2012 Women in Poker Hall of Fame
Nominations for the Women in Poker Hall of Fame are now being accepted and I have once again filled out my nomination for this year’s class.
Anyone that knows me or has followed my blogs should not be surprised at one of my nominations and anyone that knows my appreciation for poker’s past should not be surprised of my other nomination.
My first nomination was for Annie Duke.
Go ahead, roll your eyes. However, as the old saying goes “scoreboard.”
Duke is currently #3 all-time for money won in poker tournaments by a woman and has had a long track record of success at the tables. Yes, she does not play as much anymore, but she still has contributed to the poker world.
Winnings of $4.27 Million in events as well as a WSOP bracelet, a Tournament of Champions victory, and a NBC National Heads-Up title cannot be ignored.
In addition, she did serve as commissioner of the Epic Poker League and the league was good for the game, regardless of what Daniel or others think.
Also, I have noticed that the criteria now state that nominees must be supportive of “women in poker” and technically Duke has been critical of women-only poker tournaments and not of women in poker.
Since she meets all the criteria, Annie Duke should be in the Hall of Fame.
My other nomination for the WIPHOF is Nani Dollison
There are certain accomplishments in sports that almost guarantee Hall of Fame induction, such as 500 homers in baseball. (Provided they aren’t connected with steroids.)
In poker, anyone with 6 WSOP bracelets or more will almost certainly get in the Hall of Fame.
So far, only two women have won three WSOP bracelets. One is Barbara Enright and the other is Dollison.
Dollison won back to back WSOP Ladies Events in 2000 and 2001 and won a Limit Hold’em event in 2001 as well.
Of course, we can’t forget her deep run in the 2005 WSOP Main Event where she finished 115th the year Joe Hachem took it all.
Her “career totals” only stand at $776k but much of her prime in the game was prior to or just at the start of the poker boom.
Right now, Dollison and Enright have the all-time bracelet lead for women and Enright is in the Hall of Fame. Dollison should definitely be in there.
Unlike Barry Bonds, Dollison didn’t stack the deck to win her three bracelets.
Who do you think should be in the Women’s Hall of Fame? You can go to the site now and nominate who you think should be in the hall.
The criteria is as follows:
- A candidate must have been active as a player or industry leader for a minimum of 10 years prior to election and 35 yrs of age or older.
- Player/industry leader must have contributed to the world of poker in some significant way. This person can qualify by either winning major poker tournaments, or by making significant contributions to the industry of poker.
- Player/industry leader must be a proponent of women in poker.
- All nominees must be approved by a committee of the Board of Directors and the Inductees.
- Nominees must agree to terms & conditions of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame.
Will Duke and Dollison get the nod this year or will someone else make their way in. We will find out in a few weeks.