The Internet Poker Wall of Fame has three new members, as creators Adam Schwartz and Terrence Chan recently added Phil Galfond, Shaun Deeb and Neteller to the IPWOF, bringing the total number of honorees thus far to 11.
The IPWOF remained dormant since just before Thanksgiving when Chris Moneymaker and “Pokertracker Pat” Isaac were the 7th and 8th inductees. But just like a poker player on a rush, Chan and Schwartz officially named the trio of new poker laureates all at once late last month.
With over $10 million in online poker earnings to his name before hitting a downswing, Galfond was a shoo-in to make the IPWOF. His online monikers, “MrSweets28” and “OMGClayAiken,” are well known to players and railbirds who frequent the high stakes tables at PokerStars and Full Tilt, respectively.
Galfond has imparted his poker wisdom to the community at large via poker training websites RunItOnce and Bluefire Poker. That wisdom has also been put to good use on the live poker tournament tables where Galfond has cashed for more than $2 million during his career and won WSOP gold bracelets for each wrist.
If you cash for over $6 million in online poker tournament action, the IPWOF is bound to come calling. And so they have for Shaun Deeb. His online poker resume includes 1st place prize money 128 times.
Of those victories, five were scored at the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and three at the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) at PokerStars. Deeb’s online poker tournament success has also resulted in titles on PokerStars Tournament Leaderboard in successive years.
Deeb has also exhibited his skills in live poker action with over $2.1 million in earnings. That includes six cashes at last year’s WSOP (and 2 more at the WSOPE) and his first gold bracelet in $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em.
Although Neteller never played a hand of online poker, thousands of players around the world were able to thanks to being able to process payments through this e-wallet. Neteller facilitated the vast majority of payments between gaming websites and their customers during the poker boom.
The enactment of the UIGEA in 2006 put the kibosh on Neteller’s U.S. operations. They continued servicing rest-of-world poker players and recently returned stateside when regulation was put in place in a few states. In honoring Neteller with IPWOF induction, Schwartz had this to say:
“Without the convenience and ease of making deposits and withdrawals in online poker’s formative years, who knows how the boom would have progressed? Neteller’s contribution was immeasurable and for that, it deserves recognition.”
Suggest IPWOF Inductees
Who else deserves to be recognized in the IPWOF? If you have an opinion or a suggestion, let Schwartz and Chan know here.
Previous honorees not already mentioned include Isai Scheinberg, Prahlad Friedman, PokerStrategy.com founder Dominik Kofert, Chris Moorman, Planet Poker founder Randy Blumer, and Jim Moran Jr.