2013 WSOP Countdown: Who belongs in the Poker HOF
We’re now just days away from the start of the 2013 World Series of Poker and since I wanted to do an article about this year’s WSOP virgins but couldn’t find enough to fill an article I decided to pull a complete 180 and take a look at some of the deserving old-timers of the game by revisiting last year’s column of who should be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.
Last year I made the case for the following 10 people:
1. Barry Shulman
2. Jennifer Harman
3. Ted Forrest
4. Mike Caro
5. John Duthie
6. Terry Rogers
7. Marcel Luske
8. Carlos Mortensen
9. Tony G
10. Jack McClelland
This time around I’m just going to focus on three people from this list, Terry Rogers, Barry Shulman, and Marcel Luske.
As I laid-out last year, if you want to trace the roots of No Limit Holdem and the World Series of Poker across the Atlantic then Terry Rogers is basically your Christopher Columbus. Rogers may not have been the first man to bring NLHE to European shores, but he was the most impactful, grooming a stable of talented Irish poker players who would overrun the WSOP in 1999. A posthumous induction of Rogers would be great for the Hall of Fame in that it recognizes a true trail-blazer, as well as adding some European flavor to the predominately US HOF.
If you are looking at people who have managed to thrive as both a contributor and a player Shulman could very well be the most accomplished of the bunch. In the pre-Boom years Shulman’s Card Player Magazine was THE source for poker news, as well as creating a strong online presence. As a player Shulman has two WSOP bracelets, including a WSOPE Main Event win, and a 3rd place finish in the 2010 PokerStars PCA.
When players best days were just before the Poker Boom it’s hard to really judge them since the game has changed so much, especially in terms of what constitutes a successful player. Before the boom (and in the early years) you’d be hard pressed to find a more recognizable European player than Marcel Luske. Luske was not only a strong player, but he also acted as an ambassador for the game, bridging the very wide gap between European and American poker, and as he cuts down on his poker schedule he has turned his attention to developing a universal series of poker rules in recent years.
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