Before the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, MOC Jack Effel introduced Ty Stewart to present the 2010 WSOP Player of the Year, Frank Kassela. Stewart also felt it was appropriate to take a moment to applaud the 2006 Player of the Year, Jeff Madsen, saying, "2006 was the first year of our new Player of the Year system. We were still getting the kinks out and didn't know how coveted this would become. The winner didn't get a trophy, didn't get a curtain call, and didn't really get his due. Four years later, please take a moment for our 2006 Player of the Year, Mr. Jeffrey Madsen."
After some polite applause, Stewart rattled off Frank Kassela's accolades at the 2010 WSOP. Kassela then came out on stage and was presented with a giant check, giving him exemptions to the next three Main Events for winning the Player of the Year award this year.