Two Inductees to 2012 Poker Hall of Fame; New Addition to PokerStars As WellFriday, October 19th, 2012 by Ryan
The Poker Hall of Fame currently features 42 of the best poker players in the world, and also features players who have changed the game all-around throughout their careers. On Thursday there were two new inductees announced into the Poker Hall of Fame to represent the 2012 class, and the two players are going to be honored before the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event finale kicks off on October 30th of this year. The two players who were added to the Hall of Fame are the 1975 World Series of Poker champ in Brian “Sailor” Roberts, as well as Eric Drache, who is one of the most well-known Cardroom Managers in the game of poker today. Let’s take a look at both players to honor their major accomplishment.
Brian Roberts was a part of the legendary group of poker players that included the likes of Doyle Brunson and Thomas “Amarillo Slim” Preston, both of which are already members of the Hall of Fame in their own right. As previously mentioned, Roberts took down the WSOP Main Event back in 1975, and also has another win under his belt at the World Series of Poker as well. The biggest part of his game though has to be his incredible talent at the cash games. Even the aforementioned Brunson said that Roberts is one of the best cash game players to ever play the game in his career. Roberts unfortunately passed away back in 1995, so he will be honored in memory. Roberts was a big part of starting up the poker boom that we are currently all a part of today.
Eric Drache may not be quite as well known at the poker tables through his career as Roberts was, but he was still a very solid poker player in his own right. Many people know Drache for a different reason though, as he was an incredible Tournament Director for a very long time. He actually ran the World Series of Poker for a 15 year span from 1973 to 1988, and was also a Cardroom Manager, and a Casino Executive as well. You could say that he was a jack of all trades, as he helped many things in the poker world grow and get better through his time in poker. Drache was actually part of creating things like satellite poker tournaments, the World Series of Poker, and you guessed it, the Poker Hall of Fame, which he is now set to join. Drache even stated himself that when he created the Hall of Fame for poker that he never himself to be “a potential candidate”.
Ike Haxton Joins PokerStars Team
While the addition of a new professional player to an online poker network isn’t quite as big of news as an addition to the Poker Hall of Fame is, it’s still some big poker news in its own right. PokerStars has done quite a few different promotions and contests over the past few days for the players to take guesses at who the newest member of Team PokerStars was. They gave clues to players and other Team PokerStars Pros did the same, and interestingly more than 100 players were able to guess the player correctly, and 50 players won the contest that Stars was running. Each winner earned $50 from the massive online poker site. Who was the player though? It was Isaac Haxton, who is possibly one of the best online players in history.
Haxton really came into the poker world back in 2007 both in the live and online fashion, but his name got known when he pulled in a second place finish at the PokerStars PCA Main Event that year. He’s a big time cash game poker player in the online world, and also is a scary good player at heads-up No Limit Hold’em, which is something that he’ll probably be focused on playing quite a bit of at PokerStars. Haxton is from the United States, but made the move to Malta after Black Friday hit the United States back in 2011. For a fairly crazy stat, you can look at the fact that Haxton has never won a major poker tournament, but still has over $4 million in live tournament winnings through his career, which has to equate to quite a few cashes.
Haxton has been up against Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom in the PokerStars Superstar Showdown recently, and Blom recently beat out Haxton for around $500k. The two are likely to go at it quite a bit more in the near future though, especially with Haxton probably finding himself at the high stakes games pretty often at PokerStars.