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Poker Hall of Fame Adds Two New Members

Celebrities, 2010-10-19, by Ozone

The results from the 2010 Poker Hall of Fame voting were announced earlier today. A committee of 16 living HOF members and a 17 member media panel voted to determine two new inductees. Each member received ten votes that they could allocate as they saw fit. In a change from last year's voting rules, the top two vote-getters would be inducted into the HOF.

The two winners were both strongly deserving of the honor. Eight-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel will join the only man to make the final table in the WSOP Main Event in three different decades, Dan Harrington, as 2010 inductees.

Seidel burst onto the poker scene in 1988 when he finished 2nd to Johnny Chan in the WSOP Main Event. Since that time, he has been a fixture on the tournament circuit while amassing eight bracelets in the process. His gentle demeanor at the tables earned him the reputation as one of the nice guys of poker. Seidel turns 51 on November 6th, two days before he and Harrington's induction ceremony.

"Action" Dan Harrington is the 1995 WSOP Main Event champion. He stunned the poker world by reaching the Main Event final table in back to back years in 2003 and 2004. His nickname "Action Dan" runs contrary to his reputation as a conservative player. Harrington is 64 years of age.

Seidel and Harrington had no easy path to earning HOF votes; others on the ballot were: Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Chris Ferguson, Barry Greenstein, Jennifer Harman, Tom McEvoy, Linda Johnson, and Scotty Nguyen.

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