There are plenty of ways to rank poker pros and the Global Poker Index has its very own leaderboard, featuring the most successful tournament players. They have a great algorithm for distinguishing between players and their rankings are widely accepted as some of the most relevant ones. It is far more difficult to keep track of what players do at cash game tables, which makes it even more complicated to come up with a relevant list.
The Poker Hall of Fame is clearly the most reliable way of ranking players as it features the all-time greatest, with the number currently standing at 46. Two more players are expected to join them at the end of August and there are plenty of strong competitors for 2014. The nominations have already begun and those who wonder which are the top candidates, should head on to the official website where the names have already been posted http://www.wsop.com/pokerhalloffame/.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not exclusively poker professionals that decide who gets into the Poker Hall of Fame and regular fans have their say. Obviously, it will be the former who will reach the definitive conclusion, but this doesn’t mean that it is not worth casting a vote. Keep in mind the fact that for players to be eligible for a place in the Hall of Fame, they need to be at least 40 years old and have a decently long career behind them.
At least in theory it is possible for those who play almost exclusively over the Internet to be admitted, even though personal success is harder to track online. Furthermore, people who are not actually poker players can aspire for such a position, but only if they make a significant contribution to poker. There are only a handful of such examples, with the vast majority of Hall of Famers being well-known poker pros.
Daniel Negreanu and Gus Hansen have recently turned 40, which means that they are perfect candidates for the honor. It makes little difference that the Canadian is equally successful online and at live poker tables, while the Danish player lost a lot of money over the Internet. Both of them spent a lot of time promoting the game by personal example or by getting involved in various campaigns.
The last two players to enter the Hall of Fame were Tom McEvoy and Scotty Nguyen, with the latter being nominated before. Among those who are already celebrated are Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan, which also happen to be the most successful three players at the World Series of Poker. Phil leads the list with 13 bracelets, followed by Brunson and Chan with ten, although Doyle is unlikely to win another one, as he announced his intention to retire from the WSOP.