The Poker Hall of Fame has a short list of nominees. He seems to be one of the favorites this year. Even if he hadn’t done anything else with his time, his role as tournament director for some of the WPT’s most prestigious stops would be enough to qualify him even if he hadn’t done anything else.
He has done a lot more than that. He runs televised poker tournaments for the Ultimate Poker Challenge, the Poker Dome Challenge, and King of Vegas.
He is also an activist for the growth of poker. The co-founding of the Tournament Director’s Association may be his most lasting impact on the game. He is one of the key figures in the creation of the international rules for poker tournaments.
At L.A.’s Commerce Casino, he still runs the tournaments.
In order for him to win, he will have to get more votes than his competitors. Each living member of the PHOF gets ten votes. Any number of nominees can be voted for by members.
To be nominated for the Poker Hall of Fame, an individual must have contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.
Isai Schienberg feels like a good candidate for a favorite this year. The culture and landscape of the game of poker has been impacted by these two. The power to change things in ways that are unavailable to the man in the arena has been given to them by their roles in running the infrastructure of the poker world.
The voters are still going to have to be courted, something that the media- savvy Matt Savage might have a better handle on than some of the competition.
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Matt Savage is on the shortlist for the Poker Hall of Fame again. He is one of the key figures responsible for the standardized international rules for tournament poker. He still runs the tournaments at L.A.’s Commerce Casino, the Bay 101, and Thunder Valley Casino.