Who doesn’t like to be recognised for their work? Everyone wishes to excel in their respective field and be recognised for it. However, only a few manage to do it successfully. The World Series of Poker, through its Poker Hall of Fame, recognises such people from the global poker community who have not only excelled but also contributed to the growth of the game in ways more than one.
Every year, the series inducts one or two members into the Poker Hall of Fame, thus giving them the due recognition and honour they deserve. This year too, the WSOP will induct one or two members into the Poker Hall of Fame out of the 10 nominees. In this article, we will talk about the only pair nominated this year – Lon McEachern and Norman Chad.
As mentioned earlier, Lon McEachern and Norman Chad is the only couple to be nominated in this year’s Poker Hall of Fame nominees list. McEachern and Chad are the most popular faces and voices of WSOP since 2003. The poker commentators are known for their fun, lively, yet informative commentary on poker events.
McEachern worked in the television industry once out of college but quit the industry in 2002. He was working as a mortgage banker when ESPN reached out to him to cover poker, and in 2003 he was placed alongside Chad for the WSOP commentary.
Chad, on the other hand, is a sportswriter and syndicated columnist who was occasionally seen on ESPN. After he was signed as a commentator for WSOP 2003, he also voiced The United States Poker Championship, among other events on ESPN, and eventually became the poker analyst for ESPN. Chad has participated in 50 WSOP events himself. At WSOP 2009 and 2011, he finished in the money of the $1,500 Stud 8 or better event. During the 2012 World Series of Poker, he made his first-ever final table of the $2,500 1/2 Omaha 8 1/2 Stud 8 event finishing sixth place for $36,093. In 2014, he took the 10th place in the $10,000 Stud 8 or better event pocketing $34,550. He also cashed twice at the 2020 WSOP. This year too, Chad finished 13th in $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event.
The duo has been associated with WSOP and its broadcasting on ESPN since 2003. When Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 WSOP Main Event, it transformed the entire poker landscape for good. His win was narrated by the iconic voices of ‘Norm and Lon,’ as they are fondly known. That win made Moneymaker a household name, but it also made Norm and Lon the most loved commentator duo. Poker on ESPN, which was just an occasional filler, became the ultimate television mortar, thanks to the voices of Norm and Lon.
After 18 long years of association, when WSOP announced that it would move away from ESPN and eventually signed PokerGo as the official streaming partner, several poker fans were worried about if their favourite commentator pair would continue to be the voice of WSOP or not. However, fortunately for the fans, along with WSOP, the McEachern-Chad duo turned to PokerGo, when the streaming platform signed them.
In 2021 BBO Poker Tables, one of the leading brand of premium custom poker tables in Las Vegas, partnered with the duo. The association brought a Lon and Norman Signature Line poker table exclusively designed by the pair for the public.
This year, when WSOP changed its home after 17 years and shifted from the Rio All-Suite Casino to Bally’s and Paris Casino, it was this legendary pair that offered the first look of the new venue. WSOP released a video tour featuring broadcast duo McEachern and Chad. PokerNews also released a series of videos where the pair guided the viewers about several things in and around the new establishment.
The WSOP Poker Hall of Fame every year inducts one or two members into the Poker Hall of Fame. This year the series has nominated 10 people to be inducted. One of them will be selected by a 10-point ballot by the 32 living members of the Poker Hall of Fame. The winner will be announced alongside the WSOP 2022 Main Event on 10th July 2022. Stay tuned to know who wins the title this year.
Amarylisa Gonsalves is a Content Writer at Gutshot Magazine. Advancing from a marketing background, she found her calling in writing. She takes delight in exploring genres and is a curious learner. Patient and ambivert, she believes in letting her work speak for itself. Apart from content writing, she finds solace in writing poetry by manifesting herself through words. Additionally, she adores indulging in drawing and DIY crafts.
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