Eric Drache and Brian Roberts have been voted from a list of 10 nominees for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame. While Drache is the inventor of the satellite tournament and the person who gave the idea of starting a Poker Hall of Fame, Roberts is an original Texas Rounder who got a place in the Poker Hall of Fame because of the relentless campaigning of his friend Doyle Brunson.
The two were among the 10 people nominated for this year’s induction into the Poker Hall of Fame and were voted by a panel comprising 36 living members of the Poker Hall of Fame and poker media representatives. They will be officially inducted at a ceremony held on the occasion of the Main Event of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2012 in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, at 3:30 p.m. on Oct 30.
Roberts, who won the No Limit Deuce to Seven Tournament in 1974 and finished in the eighth position in the WSOP 1982 Main Event, travelled all over the country with his buddies Amarillo Slim and Doyle Brunson, after serving in the Korean War. Speaking about their poker exploits, Crandell Addington, a living member of the Poker Hall of Fame, said, “They deployed advanced strategies unknown at the time that featured playing their opponents hands on many occasions rather than their own hands. More often than not, they got the money. In a time fifty years ago when poker players relied on luck, Sailor was developing sophisticated strategies that would enable him to make his own luck.”
On the other hand, Drache finished in one of the top three places of the final table of the WSOP five times throughout his poker career. While serving as the tournament director for WSOP between 1973 and 1988, Drache developed the concept of organizing satellite qualifiers to give players the opportunity to qualify for live poker events and boost their player pools.
Speaking on the occasion, he said, “I’m not only surprised and honored to have been selected, I’m also a bit embarrassed considering the other nominees. When Jack Binion and myself worked on creating the Hall of Fame, I never considered myself a potential candidate.”
With the induction of Roberts and Drache, the Poker Hall of Fame, which was launched in 1979, now has a total of 44 members, of who 19 are living members.