Hall of Famer Mike Sexton is one of numerous sources confirming that Scotty Nguyen and Tom McEvoy are the two newest additions to the Poker Hall of Fame. No official announcement has been made by the World Series of Poker, the caretaker of the HOF. Mike Sexton leaked the news on Twitter and McEvoy later confirmed it.
“I have been elected to the Poker Hall of Fame along with Scotty Nguyen. We will be inducted at the Rio in Las Vegas on November 3rd,” wrote McEvoy.
McEvoy and Nguyen have both been on the ballot five times and each has finally broken through. The pair were two of the ten players nominated this year and were elected by living members of the Hall of Fame and a select media panel. Nominees not getting in this year were Carlos Mortensen, Jennifer Harman, Mike Matusow, Chris Bjorin, Thor Hansen, Humberto Brenes, Huck Seed and David Chiu.
McEvoy followed up his first tweet with, “I hold the record with the most nominations before getting elected. I lost the last 4 times, but the 5th time was the charm.” McEvoy is half-right, as both he and Nguyen have each been nominated five times including this year.
Nguyen has over $10 million in career earnings, five WSOP bracelets and won the 1998 WSOP Main Event and the 2008 $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Nguyen has one of the most famous quotes in poker with, “You call and it’s all over baby” when he clinched his Main Event win over Kevin McBride.
Nguyen has cemented himself one of the best players of his generation by finding success across different eras of poker. He has 22 tournament wins, six final tables in seven years on the World Poker Tour and 20 WSOP final tables. He won his first WSOP bracelet in 1997, won the Poker Players Championship in 2008 and made two WSOP final tables as recently as 2012.
McEvoy changed the game when he became the first Main Event champ to win his seat through a satellite in 1983. He has near $2 million in career earnings, four WSOP bracelets and won the Champions Invitational in 2009 beating all living former Main Event champs who had been invited to play for a 1970 Corvette.
McEvoy’s influence went beyond the felt when he authored and c0-authored a dozen poker strategy books. He partnered with T.J. Cloutier and Brad Daugherty on Hold’em, Omaha and satellite play. He also had a large influence in poker rooms and tournaments becoming 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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