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.
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