Tom McEvoy and Scotty Nguyen Elected to Poker Hall of FameMonday, October 21st, 2013 by Ryan
We talked just a few weeks ago about who all was up for election to make it into the Poker Hall of Fame, and that there were some question marks about which, if any of the players were going to make it. The group of people who had a shot at being selected featured some big names, and when all was said and done, we saw two players who are definitely big names make it as the 2013 Poker Hall of Fame class. The two players are going to be Tom McEvoy and Scotty Nguyen, and they’ll be a part of the festivities for the World Series of Poker Championship November Nine. The fan balloting chose ten inductees who had a shot at making it, and the current panel of Hall of Fame members and poker journalists were the ones who made the final decision to bring these two players into the Hall of Fame, both of which seem to be great decisions.
McEvoy took to Facebook in order to comment on his recent induction, and he wrote “On November 3, I am going to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, I hold the record for the most nominations before finally getting elected. I lost the previous four times but the fifth time was the charm. I wish to thank everyone for their kind words and thoughts over the years.” After four no-go’s, it’s about time that McEvoy got the love he deserved for his strong play throughout his career. You have to love to see a player like McEvoy get selected, and he’ll go with one of the most talked about poker players in the world in Scotty Nguyen.
Nguyen is known for being talkative, quite loud, but also having a fun-loving attitude as well. His Tweet was about exactly what we’d expect to see from Scotty Nguyen, as he said “I thank you all for your love and support all of these years, baby!” Shockingly, this was also the fifth nomination for Nguyen, and many people saw Scotty getting into the Hall of Fame sooner than later. He’s still an incredible poker player, and he brings in some consistent results, and he still does it on a consistent basis as well.
For those who know the background of McEvoy, he was the 1983 World Series of Poker Championship Event winner, and was also the first player to ever win that tournament after playing through a satellite system that was set up by the World Series of Poker themselves. In that very same year before he won the big bracelet, he also won a $1000 No Limit Hold’em event, where he took down one of the most well-known players of that time in Donnacha O’Dea. Since that point, McEvoy has won two additional bracelets, and back in 2009 on the 40th anniversary celebration, he also outlast 19 living winners of the event to take down the Champions’ Invitational. Throughout his career, McEvoy has brought in $2.95 million.
He’s had a great run at the WSOP, but he’s also done a ton away from the table also. He’s written 14 different books, and many of them were with another Poker Hall of Famer, T.J. Cloutier, and also Brady Daugherty. He’s also been a teacher to players as well, and he’s been a continuous ambassador of the game of poker, and that includes the online poker play as well.
Nguyen has one of the most fun attitudes in all of poker to watch on TV, and also live if you’ve ever seen him play. He’s one of the most popular poker players in the game today, and for many years now, and he took down the WSOP Championship Event back in 1998. Since that point Nguyen has brought in five WSOP gold bracelets, and his largest and best win had to be the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship back in 2008. Nguyen has also had a ton of success on the World Poker Tour, where he’s made it to eight final tables, and won a WPT title back during Season IV in Tunica, MS. Throughout his career he’s managed to bring in a total of more than $11.7 million, which makes him 12th on the all-time list.
To the other players who came up just short, they will have to wait another year to get a shot, and that included players such as Humberto Brenes, Jennifer Harman, Mike Matusow, Huck Seed, Carlos Mortensen, Thor Hansen, Chris Bjorin, and David Chiu.