Now is the time to cast your votes for this year’s Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHOF), although you should most certainly not hang about as the nomination process ends on July 30. That’s next Saturday, by the way.
Yes, The Poker Hall of Fame (PHOF) nominations began earlier this month and runs until August 14, but the women-only section has also now started taking votes, with the criteria for inclusion being based upon the candidates’ records, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to poker.
Inductions started back in 2008, when the PHOF – through the Ladies International Poker Series (LIPS) – founded a section devoted to honouring females who have provided noteworthy contributions to the world of poker.
This year’s nominees include the likes of JJ Liu, Margie Heintz, Kristy Gazes, Nani Dollison and Phyllis Caro, with the winners – to be announced on Friday, September 2, as part of the 2011 Induction Ceremony and Celebration at The Golden Nugget Casino Grand Ballroom in Las Vegas – joining players such as Linda Johnson, Jennifer Harman, Billie Brown, Kathy Liebert, this year’s mistress of ceremonies Jan Fisher, June Field, Cyndy Violette, Marsha Waggoner, Linda Johnson, Susie Isaacs and Barbara Enright on the elite list.
The WiPHOF board is made up of LIPS founder Lupe Soto, pro players Karina Jett and Suzie Lederer, poker player and production manager Gyla Whitlow, Ocean’s Eleven Casino director of marketing Suzanne Carter, and media professional and poker player Debbie Burkhead.
This sextet of board members are all volunteers, but give over many hours of their precious time to ensure that there is a well-rounded approach to the selection criteria, nomination and induction processes for the WiPHOF.
But the WiPHOF doesn’t just honour women poker players as the organisation has also struck up a partnership with Poker Gives – a charity created to supply financial backing to mainstream organisations through the support of the poker community at large.
If you are considering casting a vote – or just want to know more about the WiPHOF – you should check out their website at www.womenspokerhalloffame.com.