Let’s take a break from poker laws this go-round and congratulate the newest members of the Poker Hall of Fame. The World Series of Poker announced this week that Chris Moneymaker and David Oppenheim are the additions to the group for 2019. The two become the 57th and 58th members of the prestigious club.
Moneymaker and Oppenheim were selected by the 30 living members of the Poker Hall of Fame and 22 media members to be inducted. They were part of a group that included 10 total finalists. Other finalists included Chris Ferguson, Huck Seed, David Chiu, Mike Matusow, Chris Bjorin, Ted Forrest and Antonio Esfandiari.
Moneymaker was chosen to be in the Poker Hall of Fame due to his role in the poker boom after winning the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event. He earned his entry via an online qualifier and was able to earn the title win. The pro has continued to play the game and take part in various events around the world over the years.
On the induction, Moneymaker stated he is honored and happy. He feels that induction is great for his kids as it will be a cool thing to see as they grow up.
For Oppenheim, his specialty is high stakes cash games. He has competed in major high stakes game play for years, having earned top finishes in the Poker Players Championship and many other events. On being recognized by the Poker Hall of Fame, Oppenheim stated that he is humbled and honored to have been selected. He feels fortunate to do what he does for a living as he never planned to become a professional poker player.
Every year, the WSOP plays host to the induction of the new Poker Hall of Fames members. A few months leading up to the summer series, individuals are nominated for induction. They must meet certain requirements to be considered including being at least 40 years of age, be a player who ahs competed against acknowledged competition or for non-players, have contributed to the overall growth and success of the game.