[SS] “The NFL Hall of Fame induction ceremony is a huge deal, with family, former teammates, and coaches invited to a very nice presentation, with long speeches from many people. Same with the Baseball Hall of Fame and even the NASCAR and Tennis Halls of Fame. They’re all broadcast on TV in a half-hour or hour-long show1“, Stan the Stat lectured.
“So why is the Poker Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony time on television so brief? The stories players could tell are highly entertaining, much more so than watching yet another ‘all-in-and-a-call’, that’s for sure.”
[LL] “I’d watch it”, Leroy the Lion agreed.
[RR] “Me, too”, Roderick the Rock echoed.
[SS] “It’s not a popularity contest, but two of the most likable players — John Juanda and Jennifer Harman — were just elected, but if you’re not in the Longhorn Room of Binion’s Gambling Hall at 7:00 pm today, you’re not going to see much of it.”
[LL] “Just whatever brief snippets ESPN includes in its WSOP coverage.”
[RR] “A real shame.”
[SS] “They’re both very deserving inductees, too.
Juanda was born in Indonesia2 but now lives in California. He is among the WSOP leaders in cashes (65, 11th best), final tables (33, 5th best), bracelets (5, tied for 15th), and winnings ($4,702,392 + $237,255 Circuit; including non-WSOP events, Juanda has amassed $17,250,677). He won the 2008 WSOP Europe Main Event and tied a record with three final tables during the third season of the World Poker Tour.
Harman was born in Reno, Nevada and still lives in the state. She was the first woman3 to win two open WSOP tournaments, a 2000 $5,000 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw event and a 2002 $5,000 Limit Hold’em event. She was one of the first players to cash in four WPT World Championships and has totaled over $2.7 million in live tournament earnings, including over $1.4 million at the WSOP (4th best among women) from 31 cashes (tied for 5th best). She has hosted the Jennifer Harman Celebrity Poker Tournament to benefit the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals since 2007.”
- The NFL and MLB induction ceremonies are even live-streamed now.
- Juanda is the third Asian-born player to be inducted, after Johnny Chan (2002) and Scotty Nguyen (2013).
- Harman is the third women to be inducted, after Barbara Enright (2007) and Linda Johnson (2011).
- Last year’s Poker Hall of Fame post (with complete list of inductees).