The Week That Was: Poker Hall of Fame, WPT and WSOPC Records Broken

Erik Seidel pondering his Poker Hall of Fame induction speech

Erik Seidel pondering what to say upon induction into Poker Hall of Fame

The announcement of the Class of 2010 for the Poker Hall of Fame, the World Poker Tour has a record-setting winner, and the World Series of Poker Circuit stop in Hammond, Indiana setting records highlight this edition of The Week That Was.

Harrington and Seidel Enter Poker Hall of Fame

On Tuesday, the WSOP announced the latest additions to the Poker Hall of Fame, as Erik Seidel and Dan Harrington were the top two finishers in voting by a group consisting of the living Poker Hall of Fame members and members of the poker media. Seidel’s career accomplishments include eight WSOP bracelets, a WPT title and $10,350,014 in tournament winnings. Harrington has two WSOP bracelets of his own, including a victory in the Main Event in 1995, a WPT title and tournament earnings of $6,090,241. In recent years, the Harrington on Hold’em series of books have become the Bible for poker players, like SuperSystem by Doyle Brunson was back in the 1970’s. The Poker Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place November 7.

Flowers Bloom for Second WPT Title

The latest stop on the World Poker Tour concluded on Wednesday with a record-breaking performance by Randal “RandALLin” Flowers, at the age of 22 becoming the youngest player to win two WPT titles, defeating Michael Benvenuti heads-up at the $10,000 Main Event of the Bellagio’s Festa al Lago. Flowers, already holding the record as the youngest WPT winner when he won in Barcelona in 2009 at the age of 20, earned $831,500 with the victory along with a seat at the WPT World Championship at the Bellagio in May 2011. The WPT now moves to Foxwoods for the $10,000 World Poker Finals starting on October 28th, will be there with a recap of all the tournament action.

WSOPC Hammond Hammers Field Size Records

The World Series of Poker Circuit stop in Hammond, Indiana (just outside of Chicago) Horseshoe has been bursting at the seams with tournament players. This was certainly evident in the first ring event of the series, a $350 no-limit hold’em event that drew an astonishing 1,611 players to the Hammond Horseshoe’s Venue event center. The size of the field meant play had to be extended to a third day as Brett Schwertley emerged the last player standing, earning $77,438 along with a gold ring and seats into the $1,500 Main Event and $10,000 Regional Championship.

This season’s decision by the WSOP to reduce the buy-in for Circuit Main Events meant another record was set on Friday as 832 players, crushing the previous record of 334 held by the WSOPC Main Event in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in April 2008. The record field created a prize pool of nearly $1,250,000, with over $240,000 and a seat to the $1,000,000 National Championship going to the winner as play is expected to conclude on Sunday. On October 25, the first $10,000 Regional Championship gets underway with the final nine players also earning seats to the National Championship in May 2011.

More High Stakes Poker Coming

On Friday, GSN announced the scheduled taping dates for the seventh season of High Stakes Poker , November 18 through 20. At this time, no further information regarding location, players invited, or scheduled air dates have been announced, but be sure to check the Poker TV Guide at for information when it becomes available.

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