The Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHoF) was established in 2008 to honor women in poker for their contributions to the industry. As this year’s nomination process opens it up to the public, not just members of the organization, voting will also be open through the summer and result in an induction ceremony on Labor Day weekend in the fall of 2010.
Last year, nominations for the Women in Poker Hall of Fame resulted in three names, and those three women - Jan Fisher, Cyndy Violette, and June Field - were officially inducted on June 5, 2009. They joined Barbara Enright, Linda Johnson, Susie Isaacs, and Marsha Waggoner as the women already honored by the organization.
The 2010 nomination process has already opened and will remain open until April 30. Anyone is welcome to nominate up to three women as possible candidates, but they must meet certain criteria in order to be considered. First, the woman must have been a part of the poker industry, either as a player or leader in some way, for a minimum of 15 years prior to the election, meaning she must have been involved in poker prior to January 1994. Second, the woman must have contributed to the game in a “significant way,” such as winning major poker tournaments or providing a valuable service to the industry. And third, the woman must be a proponent of ladies-only poker tournaments, though it is not a requirement to play or have played in them.
WiPHoF board member Karina Jett commented, “The nomination process is important and we feel there are women out there who are eligible and deserving. We are inviting the public to help us assemble worthy candidates for this year’s ballot.”
Once the nomination process is closed on April 30, the organization will compile the list, ensure that each nominee matches the aforementioned criteria, and make the final list of candidates available to the public via the WiPHoF.com website on May 11. The public will then be welcome to cast their votes on May 16 going forward, and those tallies will count for 50 percent of the results, while the other 50 percent will consist of decisions made by current WiPHoF members and previous inductees.
The 2010 induction ceremony will be scheduled for Labor Day weekend. Last year, proceeds from the ceremony tickets were donated to PokerGives, a non-profit organization that donates funds to several charities through poker community activities.