Lyle Berman, who has won three World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelets in the course of his poker career, has become the first member of the newly established Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame.
In August, the Canterbury Park Racetrack and Card Casino, which is located in Minnesota, announced its intention to establish the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame to “honor Minnesota poker players and those that have played a key role in the development of poker in the state.” They also stated that the name of its first member will be made public at a special induction ceremony, which will be held on Oct 4.
Michael Hochman, senior director (casino operations) for Canterbury Park, said: “The Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame will celebrate the success of local poker players and recognize those that have positively contributed to the betterment of the game.” The Minnesota Hall of Fame is governed by a board of poker players, poker media representatives, and major personalities from the poker industry.
The poker media had guessed that top Minnesota poker players such as Matthew Alexander, Jim Meehan, Lyle Berman, Everett Carlton, or Mike Schneider would become the first members of the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame. Ultimately, it turned out that Lyle Berman was selected to be the first player to be inducted into the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame.
Michael Hochman, senior director (Card Casino operations) for Canterbury Park, stated: “Lyle is not only a fierce competitor at the highest limits, he completely and indelibly changed the world of poker when he co-founded the World Poker Tour.” He further said: “We talked to a great deal of people about inaugural nominees into the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame, and literally everyone’s first answer was Lyle Berman.”
Berman, a resident of Minneapolis, said that poker has exploded in Minnesota just as it has all over the world and that establishing a Poker Hall of Fame for Minnesota is an excellent idea. He said: “Being the first member is a great honor and I’m very thankful.”
Berman has earned $2.5 million playing poker, and his biggest achievement was finishing fifth in a $50k HORSE event held in 2008. He is also a member of the Caesars-owned Poker Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 2002.