In 1979, Benny Binion, the owner of the Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas, established the Poker Hall of Fame. Now, more than thirty years later, the Hall of Fame remains as a way to honor those who have contributed to the game. This Hall of Fame Spotlight Series will focus on the various members of the Hall of Fame and their contributions to the game.
Most inductees in the Poker Hall of Fame are players who have amassed fame and fortune while playing poker, but most of the initial inductees were more notable for their participation and promotion of the game before it became the main stream monolith it is today.
Corky McCorquodale is one such initial inductee. His major claim to fame is that he introduced Texas Hold’em to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1963. Poker had been legal in Las Vegas since 1931, but Texas Hold’em, the version most widely played across the world, was nowhere to be seen. The importance of Texas Hold’em cannot be missed. It is called the Cadillac of Poker for a reason, and appeals to the masses because of its relative ease to learn, but difficulty to master. Thanks, McCorquodale. Without you, I would be writing about the decidedly less exciting world of seven card stud (a fine game in its own right, but nowhere near as exciting as Hold’em).