Location Suggestions for a Physical Poker Hall of Fame
The Professional Poker Hall of Fame recognizes the greatest poker players of all-time and contributors to the game of poker. Currently, the Hall of Fame only exists on paper and on a page on the WSOP website. A physical home has not been created, or even seriously discussed. Below are three suggestions as to where the WSOP should consider erecting a Poker Hall of Fame.
Caesars Palace in Las Vegas is the premier property for Caesars Entertainment. While the World Series of Poker is held at the Rio every year, many believe that at some point the venue will be moved here. As such, it would make sense to house the Hall of Fame where the WSOP would be held annually.
Las Vegas Strip
While Caesars Palace is on the Las Vegas Strip, another suggestion would be to locate the Hall of Fame somewhere near the heart of the strip as maybe part of another casino or maybe build a new structure.
While this would definitely get more “tourist eyeballs” than putting it in Caesars or somewhere else, it would be the most expensive and the most risky as it would not have the backing of a poker event.
Another option for housing the Poker Hall of Fame would be Binions in downtown Las Vegas. When it was run as Binion’s Horseshoe, the casino was the home of the World Series of Poker.
Binions actually has a wall for the Poker Hall of Fame in their poker room, but it is not an officially sanctioned wall.
While Binions is not a Caesars property, it would be a nice gesture considering that a lot of poker’s past centered around Binions and it would definitely be a tourist attraction. It would also bring a lot of nostalgia to the event for those attending and getting inducted.
Whether or not the WSOP actually chooses to have a physical home for the WSOP remains to be seen. They currently seem content on having their web nomination, panel vote, and then ceremony during the final table of the WSOP Main Event. Chances are that unless some players or even Hall of Famers make a push for a physical home, it may never happen.