The second inductee in the 2010 class of the Poker Hall of Fame is Erik Seidel. He was introduced by Doyle Brunson. The first thing that Seidel said upon taking the mic: "I want to thank the members of the media and the Hall of Fame for voting me in before Tom Dwan."
Seidel said it was a double honor for him to enter the Hall of Fame this year, first because he went in with his good friend Dan Harrington and second because he had the vocal support of that venerable poker icon, Doyle Brunson. Brunson, in introducing Seidel, remarked that Seidel reminds him more of Chip Reese than anyone else playing the game today.
Seidel's speech toured what most of today's young players would consider the misty history of poker, from Johnny Moss to Reese himself.
"The other nice thing I didn't know about is that Harrah's pays the Main Event entry fees for all of us Hall of Famers." There was a pause. "Ok, I just wanted to see the look on Ty Stewart's face."
Seidel then thanked everyone for his induction and ended his speech. All of the honorifics are now out of the way. Next up: the conclusion of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event!