Chris Moneymaker and the Hall of Fame

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Nobody can deny the fact that The Moneymaker effect changed the poker industry.

But I would argue that to be a hall of famer, one has to be consistent over the years and Moneymakes hasn't achieved much after 03.

In terms of poker achievements, he has the same importance of Darvin Moon or John Hesp. Feelgood stories about Average Joes, but not HOF worthy.
 
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My vote would be on him... And on Chris Ferguson of course... He for sure has stood the test of time and made a lasting impression on the poker world... no one seems to be able to forget him.[emoji5]
 
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No question. It's not the Hall of Achievement, it's the Hall of Fame. No doubt he is the most famous poker player to the younger generation. People who don't play recognize his name. It wasn't his ultimate plan but the Moneymaker Effect was because of him, he also is a fine ambassador for the game. Through that, has grown the game more than any single player. That's enough right?

Personally, I was living in Vegas grinding all day at $1-$2 limit at the Sahara when Moneymaker won. He made me so much money over the next few years, I can't even explain how the game changed, it was staggering.
 
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Chris Moneymaker is not ready enuff for the Hall of Fame yet
 
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Chris Moneymaker batted a grand slam, by doing what he did do in the poker world in his time. I would say he deserves to go to in the hall of fame.
 
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Definitely deserves to be there. Changed the world of poker forever.
 
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I think Chris has a good chance of getting into the hall of fame. But the competition is very high.
 
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No question. It's not the Hall of Achievement, it's the Hall of Fame. No doubt he is the most famous poker player to the younger generation. People who don't play recognize his name. It wasn't his ultimate plan but the Moneymaker Effect was because of him, he also is a fine ambassador for the game. Through that, has grown the game more than any single player. That's enough right?

Personally, I was living in Vegas grinding all day at $1-$2 limit at the Sahara when Moneymaker won. He made me so much money over the next few years, I can't even explain how the game changed, it was staggering.

Everything said here is why I think Chris should be inducted.

Little known fact: Prior to the 2003 wsop, many critics were suggesting the series had run its course. With the WPT coming in on the poker scene, there were thoughts the WSOP couldn't compete. Then, Chris Moneymaker came along and won the 2003 WSOP Main Event from a pokerstars satellite package.

Numbers don't lie especially in this case, for the years following the 2003 WSOP - they are truly staggering! Look for yourself!

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It's true that we don't know if anything else could have changed the face of the WSOP but at that moment in WSOP history, EVERYTHING did indeed change!

So, anyone who has a simple argument that they don't personally believe he shouldn't be inducted, tell us more as to why you don't think they should be inducted. There has to be a reason.

I'm not passionate about things like this but, in my opinion, it doesn't take much to find the history and to possibly strengthen or weaken your own opinion/argument. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Series_of_Poker
 
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He did change the poker industry forever. A lot more people started to be interested in poker. He did have some smaller results afterwards. He travels frequently for poker. I think he deserves it. That being said though, besides pros, I think people pay little attention to the poker Hall of Fame. It's more likely to be remembered for winning a WSOP bracelet. Nobody remembers who got into the Poker Hall of Fame 2 years ago.
 
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Nobody can deny the fact that The Moneymaker effect changed the poker industry.

But I would argue that to be a hall of famer, one has to be consistent over the years and Moneymakes hasn't achieved much after 03.

In terms of poker achievements, he has the same importance of Darvin Moon or John Hesp. Feelgood stories about Average Joes, but not HOF worthy.


I agree Moneymaker hasn't done much in poker after winning the Main Event. To be a hall of Famer you should have more on your resume. Moneymaker did change poker with his Main Event win, but that doesn't mean he should be in the HOF.
 
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Chris Moneymaker imho is really qualified for the Poker Hall of Fame . His achievement back in 2003 changed poker for ever , many new people decided to try and play , many loved this game because of him .Most thought , I believe , until then that pros dominated this game , but then an unknown came and destroyed the game of famous poker pros and won 2.5 millions . Many have him as an example to follow , so I think he deserves to be awarded honourably this year the title of the member of the Poker Hall of Fame :)
 
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In some Hall of Fames you can be inducted in the 'builder' category. If the poker Hall of Fame has this then I think he should be inducted. But if members are only inducted by playing credentials then it would not be fair to someone else if he is inducted.
 
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In some Hall of Fames you can be inducted in the 'builder' category. If the poker Hall of Fame has this then I think he should be inducted. But if members are only inducted by playing credentials then it would not be fair to someone else if he is inducted.

You are right. There are a few people who are in the Hall of Fame who weren't known for their poker prowess.
 
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You might be right there. I guess the same theory could almost be applied to many sports?
Sports, the Oscars. Comparatively people, or at least poker players, remember the most recent Main Event winners. I know they have criteria for the poker Hall of Fame, but the word "fame" is part of the name. And he became famous because of the satellite story and he also got more people interested in poker.
 
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I think because his story is so impressive and shows that it is possible to start from playing a freeroll to winnIng the main event, he should be in the hall of fame
 
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Chris Moneymaker did change the poker industry but there are people in the list who are more qualified if we are going to base it on the criteria, but if he won, won't complain about that. I've heard from DNEGs blog that they get 10 votes to cast they can put 10 votes to each one or split it to other player.
 
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Theres no one more important to the spreading of poker than Chris Moneymaker. Hes long overdue to be in the hof, if that means him entering as a special entrant then thats what should happen Without him poker wouldnt be what it is.
 
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To draw a comparison to another sport.. Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth's single season home run record. Great season, but not HOF. One season, one tournament isn't enough.
 
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I think he deserves it, hes been grinding for long enough
 
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