Poker Hall of Fame inductees announced
Eric Drache and Brian “Sailor” Roberts will become the 43rd and 44th individuals to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.
They were among 12 people nominated by the public and then voted in by a 36 person panel made up of existing Poker Hall of Famers and members of the media and will be officially inducted into the hall of fame on Tuesday 30th October, prior to the finale of the WSOP Main Event.
The two have been widely lauded as worthy inductees, Drache’s biggest legacy will be that it was he who created the satellite event – a series of smaller buy-in events awarding money and seats into larger buy-in events. He also came up with the idea to create a Poker Hall of Fame. “I’m not only surprised and honored to have been selected, I’m also a bit embarrassed considering the other nominees,” said Drache. “When Jack Binion and myself worked on creating the Hall of Fame, I never considered myself a potential candidate. I’m particularly happy for the family of Sailor Roberts. Sailor by everyone’s account, including my own personal observations, was a great player and played many games very well.”
Sadly Brian ‘Sailor’ Roberts passed away in 1995, he was part of the famous Texas Road Gamblers and was particularly close to Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim. Current Hall of Famer Crandell Addington said on behalf of Sailor Roberts: “At a time in which professional poker players were viewed as outlaws and poker was illegal, he formed a partnership with Doyle and Slim and they traveled across the country from poker game to poker game. They deployed advanced strategies unknown at the time.”