Making the Case: Tom McEvoy for the Poker Hall of Fame

Poker rooms would still be filled with smoke if not for Tom McEvoy. (Photo by Heather Borowinski)

Poker rooms would still be filled with smoke if not for Tom McEvoy. (Photo by Heather Borowinski)

The World Series of Poker released the candidates for the 2013 Poker Hall of Fame Class last week. Over the next ten days BLUFF will make the case for each of the nominees in a series of stories on the 2013 HOF ballot. The series continues by making the case for Tom McEvoy.

McEvoy made history when he won the 1983 WSOP Main Event as the first to claim the bracelet by winning his seat in the event through a satellite. What is considered commonplace now, was unheard of in the early 80s.

McEvoy also won the historic 2009 Champions Invitational – the first ever tournament featuring only former WSOP Main Event champions. He picked up a 1970 Corvette for his win to add to his four career bracelets and near $2 million in tournament earnings.

McEvoy was influential off the felt writing or contributing to over a dozen poker strategy books from the Cardoza line. He penned several influential books on Hold’em, Omaha and satellite play. His  writing partners included T.J. Cloutier and Brad Daugherty.

What many have seem to forgotten is that McEvoy had a large influence in poker rooms and tournaments become smoke-free environments. He helped hold the first non-smoking tournament in 1998 at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas and then convinced Becky Binion Behnen in 2002 to make the WSOP smoke-free.

While McEvoy lacks the flash of Scotty Nguyen or the big buy-in results of Huck Seed, McEvoy holds a place in poker history on and off the felt.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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