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Australian Poker Hall Of Fame

[ Posted January 19th, 2009 ] by contract

2010 Inductees:

Marsha Waggoner
Marsha Waggoner was born and raised in Australia. She spent some time as a blackjack dealer in Sydney but made most of her money playing in poker games on her nights off. In the 1980s, Waggoner moved to the United States with her three children. She settled in the Los Angeles area and supported her family by playing poker. Waggoner has cashed in more than 100 major tournaments, including 18 times at the World Series of Poker. She has close to a million dollars in career tournament winnings. She is also part of the Women’s Poker Hall of Fame.

2009 Inductees:

The 2009 Aussie Millions and in particular the Crown Casino, Melbourne played host to the inaugural Australian Poker Hall of Fame. The first inductees into the Hall of Fame in 2009 were:

- Antonius Guoga (Tony G)
Tony has been a poker advocate for many years. His contribution on the table and off the table are well publicised. His tournament success is well known. He is also known for his work building pokernews.com and other big poker websites.

- Billy ‘The Croc’ Argyros
Known a lot for his ‘Croc’ personality and outfits, The ‘Croc’ has been playing poker in Australia and around the world for years. He is well respected in all circles of poker.

Joe Hachem
Joe has pretty much the reason the poker boom came to Australia. Through winning the worlds biggest tournament (WSOP Main Event) and becoming the World Champion at the same time. Although Joe has only recently become a big name in Australian poker, some would say his short contribution has been the most instrumental.

- Mel Judah
Mel has been in poker longer than most, and his results world-wide are second to none. With multiple WSOP bracelets to his name, as well as a WPT title, his not only respected here in Australia, but also around the world

- Jeff Lisandro
A big contributer to Australia poker through his work on the felt and also off. He won his first WSOP bracelet in 2008 to go with his many other big tournament cashes. He also known for developing tournaments in Australia and abroad.

- Gary Benson
A player with the experience. Gary has been around for years and known almost everywhere he goes. He was a pioneer for Australian poker as being the first Australian to claim a WSOP bracelet in 7-card stud in 1996. 

- Lee Nelson
Lee has numerous poker books to his name as well as many respectable poker results. His win in the Aussie Millions Main Event was a big validation point for Nelson. His work with commentary in Australian poker TV as well as his role within the Australian poker community is well known. Although he is American-born and Kiwi in citizinship, he is still considered an Aussie at heart.

- Maurie Pears
Maurie has been considered the father of poker in Australia. He was the one who initialised this very Hall of Fame. He is well respected and a worthy entrant into the first Australian Poker Hall Of Fame.


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