A great idea involving poker has been suggested recently by 2 + 2 Pokercasters Adam Schwartz and Terrence Chan, who collectively believe that it’s time for an Internet Poker Wall of Fame to be established, honoring poker players who have made a lasting impression in the world of online poker.
Some of you may recall that Chan, the MMA fighter and poker pro who is a formidable opponent both in the ring and on the tables, was behind a campaign to nominate PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg into the Poker Hall of Fame. Nominations were accepted through August 15 for this year’s HOF class and Chan made compelling arguments as to why Scheinberg deserves induction.
The idea of Scheinberg taking a place in the HOF among Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Mike Sexton and Daniel Negreanu is apparently revolting to some, even though the game of poker as we know it today – both live and online – would likely be far different and less popular had Scheinberg not launched PokerStars on September 11, 2001.
Inducted or Indicted?
The arguments against his HOF worthiness center around the fact that Scheinberg was indicted in the Black Friday fiasco and has thus far chosen not to make himself available to U.S. authorities. Even if he was to be voted into the HOF, Scheinberg wouldn’t be able to attend the induction ceremony, as his evening would likely end in handcuffs instead of handshakes.
Scheinberg does meet the HOF requirements for enshrinement, contributing to poker’s growth “with indelible positive and lasting results.” Nowhere in the induction criteria does it mention the need for HOFers to be squeaky clean and free of any legal transgressions. If that were the case, perhaps only a handful of Poker Hall of Fame members would remain.
Realizing that Scheinberg’s chances of making it past the HOF governing council’s selection process at this time are about as likely as Sheldon Adelson dropping his fight against online gambling and pushing for its regulation instead, Chan and Schwartz created the Internet Poker Wall of Fame. Their idea is to accept nominations from the public and select a player to enshrine on a weekly basis.
Scheinberg a Shoo-in
Nominees for induction into the Internet Poker Wall of Fame need to have played only one hand of Internet poker in their lifetime, but of course, most will likely be online stars such as the recently deceased Chad Batista. Age limits are non-existent, and candidates don’t have to be favorites of WSOP honchos or part of any old boy network – a common complaint heard regarding the Caesars-owned Poker Hall of Fame.
Isai Scheinberg is the first candidate for the Internet Poker Wall of Fame and his nomination will likely sail right through the governing council – Chan and Schwartz. They created the new honor – an idea whose time has come – and will be responsible for selecting inductees.
However, players are encouraged to nominate those who they deem worthy of enshrinement. A number of excellent candidates have already been mentioned – Chris Moorman, Chad Batista and Viktor Blom to name a few. But none any more deserving than Isai Scheinberg.