Poker Hall of Fame Needs a Permanent Home
On Tuesday, Barry Greenstein and Linda Johnson were inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Linda was just the second woman ever to be inducted and Barry’s induction was a long time coming. However, with all the ceremony of them being inducted, there is little else that is done to celebrate their accomplishment. This needs to change.
First, the World Series of Poker needs to consider constructing some type of permanent structure for the Poker Hall of Fame much like they have for the Baseball and Football Hall of Fame. At present, all that exists of the Poker HOF is a list of inductees. The WSOP website does not even have profiles for each of the inductees.
Speaking of which, why doesn’t the Hall of Fame have their own website. The Women in Poker Hall of Fame went through the time and expense to erect a website, and they do not have near the funding of Caesars and the WSOP. It seems ridiculous to me that there hasn’t been a dedicated site for the Hall of Fame.
Some of you are asking where a Hall of Fame structure would be erected. The obvious answer would be in Vegas. Maybe you could put it inside ofCaesarsPalaceor another Caesars’s property that is sure to stay in the family. Even if you made the structure mobile, it would be something that would be a standing monument to the men and women of poker that have helped to make the game great.
Another consideration would be to have a Poker Hall of Fame room at the World Series of Poker. Since the WSOP name is on the Hall of Fame, why not have a Hall of Fame room. Draw some interest to the players of the past by putting them on display. You can even use the venue to feature some of the still living members.
It is a shame that the men and women of the Hall of Fame are merely listed on a single webpage on the WSOP. It seems just a token acknowledgement in a way. Perhaps this error will be corrected in the future. Caesars and the WSOP spends so much money hyping and promoting their current and upcoming poker superstars, so why not spend some money immortalizing those that paved the way for those stars.