David Oppenheim and Chris Moneymaker Inducted Into Poker Hall of Fame

Oppenheim

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has announced the two newest members of the coveted Poker Hall of Fame, David Oppenheim and Chris Moneymaker, taking the total number of inductees to 58.

A panel consisting of 21 industry experts and the 30 living members of the Poker Hall of Fame, cast their votes over a list of 10 individuals who would have all been worthy of becoming part of the class of 2019. Those 10 final nominees were:

  • Chris Bjorin
  • David Chiu
  • Eli Elezra
  • Antonio Esfandiari
  • Chris Ferguson
  • Ted Forrest
  • Mike Matusow
  • Chris Moneymaker
  • David Oppenheim
  • Huck Seed

Nominees need to tick several boxes if they are to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.

  • Must have played against acknowledged competition
  • Be at least 40-years-old
  • Played for high stakes
  • Played consistently well, gaining the respect of their peers
  • Stood the test of time
  • For non-players, contributed to the growth and success of the game of poker with lasting and indelible positive results

One of the best cash game players ever

David Oppenheim is probably the best poker player you have never heard of, unless you are an expert in live cash games that is. Oppenheim has amassed live poker tournament winnings of almost $2 million, although he has never managed to secure a WSOP bracelet.

Oppenheim finished seventh in this year’s $50,000 Poker Players Championship, won by Philip Hui, for $124,410, with his largest-ever live score being worth $603,348, his reward for a third-place finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship at the 2010 WSOP.

The reason for a lack of tournament prowess is Oppenheim is one of the biggest cash game players on the planet. A regular winner in the biggest games in Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio, Oppenheim has been at the top of his game for almost 25-years and is recognized as being a pro’s pro.

“Being recognized as one of the all-time greats by my peers is truly humbling and I am honored to have been selected to the Poker Hall of Fame” said Oppenheim. “I have been so fortunate to be able to do what I love for a living. I never planned to be a professional poker player, rather it was a passion that became my job. People often ask me, how does one become a professional poker player? The answer is hard work and that goes for everyone that plays at the highest level. From the time I began playing I was incredibly passionate about poker and it led to me being able to travel this road that has been traveled by very few. Again, I am extremely grateful to be receiving this honor. Thank you.

Responsible for the online poker boom

Moneymaker may not have been as successful as Oppenheim or the other nominees, but he could claim to be one of the most influential figures on that list. We discussed the merits of Moneymaker being inducted in the Poker Hall of Fame on these very pages (you can read that article here) and it seems the panel agreed with our thoughts.

While he may not always play against elite competition, Moneymaker has proven to be a fantastic ambassador for the game of poker and he fulfills his role as a Team PokerStars Pro to the letter. Including his $2.5 million haul from winning the 2003 WSOP Main Event, Moneymaker has now more than $3.8 million in winnings from more than 100 cashes across four continents.

“I’m very honored, very happy,” says Moneymaker upon receiving the news. “It’s great for my kids, it’ll be a cool thing for them to see when they grow up.” Indeed it will.

Full Poker Hall of Fame Listing

Moneymaker and Oppenheim were the 57th and 58th people to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, with 32 of those greats still being with us today. The Poker Hall of Fame was created in 1979 to celebrate notable poker players and industry personnel.

Who would get your vote for the 2020 Poker Hall of Fame?

Player Year Player Year Player Year
Johnny Moss 1979 Nick Dandolos 1979 Felton McCorquodale 1979
Red Winn 1979 Sid Wyman 1979 James Hickok 1979
Edmond Hoyle 1979 Blondie Forbes 1980 Bill Boyd 1981
Tom Abdo 1982 Joe Bernstein 1983 Murph Harrold 1984
Red Hodges 1985 Henry Green 1986 Puggy Pearson 1987
Doyle Brunson 1988 Jack Straus 1988 Fred Ferris 1989
Benny Binion 1990 David Reese 1991 Thomas Preston 1992
Jack Keller 1993 Julius Oral Popwell 1995 Roger Moore 1997
Stu Ungar 2001 Lyle Berman 2002 Johnny Chan 2002
Bobby Baldwin 2003 Berry Johnson 2004 Jack Binion 2005
Crandell Addington 2005 T.J. Cloutier 2006 Billy Baxter 2006
Barbara Enright 2007 Phil Hellmuth 2007 Dewey Tomko 2008
Henry Orenstein 2008 Mike Sexton 2009 Dan Harrington 2010
Erik Seidel 2010 Barry Greenstein 2011 Linda Johnson 2011
Eric Drache 2012 Bryan Roberts 2012 Tom McEvoy 2013
Scotty Nguyen 2013 Jack McClelland 2014 aniel Negreanu 2014
Jennifer Harman 2015 John Juanda 2015 Todd Brunson 2016
Carlos Mortensen 2016 David Ulliott 2017 Phil Ivey 2017
Mori Eskandani 2018 John Hennigan 2018 Chris Moneymaker 2019
David Oppenheim 2019
Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.

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