By David Stratton
Many of the top poker players in the world will gather at Binion’s Horseshoe for the 2002 Hall of Fame Poker Classic, Aug. 28 through Sept. 14.
The Hall of Fame Classic returns to the Horseshoe, complementing the World Series of Poker that takes place in the spring.
"The return of the Hall of Fame Poker Classic increases the excitement and drama of tournament poker in downtown Las Vegas," said Becky Binion Behnen, owner of the Horseshoe and daughter of WSOP founder Benny Binion. "This year’s tournament will offer thousands of poker players an unparalleled level of excitement, along with the hospitality that is the hallmark of Binion’s Horseshoe."
Tournament play begins on Wednesday with $500 buy-in Seven Card Stud, and continues with 18 other events, including Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo Split, Razz, Ladies Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, to name a few. Buy-ins range from $500 to $1,500.
The final event, the $5,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Championship Event will be held over two days, beginning Friday, Sept. 13.
In addition to thousands of dollars in prize money, a Hall of Fame Poker Classic jacket will be presented to all final table players in every event, and a commemorative watch will be presented to the winner of every event.
Collectors will also want to purchase limited edition collector’s chips featuring the first 25 World Series of Poker millionaires.
Finally, world champion Johnny Chan will be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Well disciplined and respected by fellow poker players, Chan is the World Series of Poker’s all time leading money winner with earnings in excess of $3 million, plus seven gold bracelets. He had an amazing three-year-span in which he won the World Series Championship Event in 1987 and 1988, and finished runner-up in 1989.
The Poker Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to honor great players who have made an extraordinary impact on the game. The last inductee, Lyle Berman, will make the presentation to Johnny Chan.