Yesterday saw the Governing Council of the Poker Hall Of Fame announce that the new entries for 2012 will be Eric Drache and Brian “Sailor” Roberts. They are now the 43rd and 44th members respectively after being successfully nominated by the public and then being selected and voted in by a panel of 36 people that consists of a selection of Hall of Famers and others that work within the poker media.
Drache was quick to announce his honour at being drafted in to the Hall Of Fame by saying “I was completed surprised and of course honoured to have been fortunate enough to be selected, it is also a little bit embarrassing when you think about the other nominees” He then went on “When both me and Jack Binion started to put work into creating the Poker Hall Of Fame, I never once thought that I would be inducted into it. I am extremely happy for Sailor Robert’s family; he was a wonderful poker player and took part in many classic poker matches”
Though Drache has had a decent career on the felt having made five World Series Of Poker tournaments throughout his career, it is more likely he was voted in for his contribution to poker throughout the years. He had been a director at the WSOP for 15 years between 1973 and 1988, had a hand in the development of satellite tournaments, was part of the main driving forces behind the Players Hall Of Fame and has been card mangers at some of the biggest casinos around.
Roberts is a two time WSOP champion who won the Main Event back in 1975 and is one of the old guard in poker, having once travelled the USA in search of poker games with his friends Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim. Both of his oldest friends have already been inducted into the Hall Of Fame and this now completes the set. He died in 1995, yet this is an honour that he fully deserves and one that his family will cherish forever.
The two inductees were selected from a list of nominees that included Chris Bjorin, Scotty Nguyen, Jennifer Harman-Traniello, Thor Hansen and John Juanda. In case you did not know, not just anyone can be put up for nomination into the Hall Of Fame; there are certain criteria’s that have to be met:
• Be At Least 40 Years Old
• Must Have Played Poker At The Highest Level And Against Top Opposition
• Played High Stakes
• Played To A Consistent Level That Has Earned The Respect Of Their Peers
• Played At The Top For A Prolonged Period Of Time
If the nominee is a non-player they must have made a massive contribution to the growth as well as the success of the game of poker.