Norman Chad On Why PokerStars Founder Isai Scheinberg Shouldn’t be Poker Hall of Famer

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The result isn’t in yet, but we know the current favorite for this year’s WSOP Hall of Fame award won’t be getting a nod of respect from one nominee.

Norman Chad
Norman Chad (pictured) doesn’t believe Isai Scheinberg should be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. (Image: Bluff)

The normally light-hearted Norman Chad, along with his WSOP broadcast partner Lon McEachern, is a nominee for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame this year. Alongside eight others, his contributions to the game are being evaluated ahead of the final result being announced on December 30.

As a nominee, Chad doesn’t have a vote. Still, that hasn’t stopped him from saying why he believes PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg would be a terrible addition to the Poker Hall of Fame.

Chad Takes Aim at Poker Hall of Fame Favorite

Far from trying to advance his own position and eliminate the current favorite, Chad has hit out at a “businessman” who “cheated the system.”

Chad believes it would be wrong to inducted Scheinberg due to his history with PokerStars.

For those that don’t know, Scheinberg is the man behind PokerStars. In addition to launching many lasting innovations, PokerStars is the site Chris Moneymaker used to qualify for the 2003 WSOP Main Event.

Between them, PokerStars and Moneymaker sparked the poker boom and the rest, as they say, is history. In this regard, many players agree that Scheinberg is a pivotal figure within the poker industry.

It’s also true that Scheinberg was indicted by the Department of Justice in 2011. The charges related to PokerStars’ operations in the US post-UIGEA. He was eventually sentenced to a fine of $30,000 with no jail time in 2020.

US Actions Stain Scheinberg’s Reputation

It’s this fact Chad has a problem with. Although he acknowledges the impact of PokerStars and, therefore, Scheinberg, he believes the US saga is a “stain on the game.”

Chad’s tweets haven’t gone down well with certain members of the poker community.

Glenn Webber was quick to point out that the WSOP wouldn’t be where it is today without Scheinberg. Thus, as an ESPN broadcaster covering the Series, Chad has benefitted from the interest PokerStars generated in the early noughties.

Eric E described Chad’s opinion as a “brutally horrible take” on the situation, while TalabiVic questioned why he didn’t call out Chris Ferguson’s nomination.

Chad reminded everyone that he’s only expressing his opinion. However, he took one last shot at his critics by describing poker players as living in an “alternate universe.”

Whether or not Chad’s opinion means squadoosh is a matter for debate. In fact, the Poker Hall of Fame is all about opinions.

That said, we’ll have to wait until Dec. 30 to find out who wins the popular vote between Scheinberg and Chad.

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