Tom McEvoy and Scotty Nguyen Join Poker's Most Exclusive Club, the Poker Hall of Fame

Tom McEvoy and Scotty Nguyen Join Poker's Most Exclusive Club, the Poker Hall of Fame 0001

The votes are in and Tom McEvoy and Scott Nguyen have been selected as the latest inductees into the Poker Hall of Fame. The two WSOP Main Event champions will join 44 others in poker's exclusive club as the class of 2013.

Both McEvoy and Nguyen were chosen after having been nominated as finalists each of the last five years since a new voting process was instituted in 2009. This year the pair were again part of a group of 10 strong candidates culled from a public nomination process, and were elected following a vote of a 37-person panel comprised of living Poker Hall of Famers and poker media.

An induction ceremony to recognize McEvoy and Nguyen will take place on Sunday, November 3rd at 5:00 p.m. at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, just a day before the resuming of the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table and "November Nine."

"It was a very emotional day for me when I got the news," said McEvoy. "I consider this the highest honor a poker player can receive next to winning the Main Event of the World Series of Poker. I feel both deeply honored and humbled to be included with all the other poker greats."

Nguyen likewise expressed gratitude in response to having learned of his induction.

"This is wonderful news," said Nguyen. "You work so hard, you put so much time in that you want and hope it will be recognized. This is something my grandkids will talk about. It's awesome, baby, thank you."

McEvoy won the WSOP Main Event in 1983 in addition to picking up three other WSOP bracelets while earning nearly $3 million in tournament winnings during his career. McEvoy additionally authored or co-authored over a dozen poker strategy books — including some of the first to cover tournament poker in a comprehensive manner — while being recognized as a pioneer for helping curb and eventually prohibit smoking in poker rooms.

Nguyen meanwhile won his WSOP Main Event title in 1998, one of five career WSOP bracelets including one for the $50K Poker Players Championship in 2008. "The Prince of Poker" has amassed $11.7 million in tournament winnings.

Those voting for nominees were allowed to split 10 points among at most three candidates, with the top two overall point-getters being elected. The other nominees this year were Chris Björin, Humberto Brenes, David Chiu, Thor Hansen, Jennifer Harman, Mike Matusow, Carlos Mortensen, and Huck Seed. All remain eligible to be nominated and possibly inducted in the future.

The criteria used for evaluating nominees is as follows:

  • A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
  • Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination
  • Played for high stakes
  • Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
  • Stood the test of time
  • Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.

As mentioned, McEvoy and Nguyen join 44 other Poker Hall of Famers. Here's a complete list of those inductees, going back to 1979, the year the Poker Hall of Fame was first created.

1979Nick Dandalos
1979James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok
1979Edmund Hoyle
1979Felton McCorquodale
1979Johnny Moss
1979Red Winn
1979Sid Wyman
1980Blondie Forbes
1981Bill Boyd
1982Tom Abdo
1983Joe Bernstein
1984Murph Harrold
1985Red Hodges
1986Henry Green
1987Walter Clyde "Puggy" Pearson
1988Doyle Brunson
1988Jack Straus
1989Fred Ferris
1990Benny Binion
1991David "Chip" Reese
1992Thomas "Amarillo Slim" Preston
1993Jack Keller
1996Julius Oral Popwell
1997Roger Moore
2001Stu Ungar
2002Lyle Berman
2002Johnny Chan
2003Bobby Baldwin
2004Berry Johnston
2005Crandall Addington
2005Jack Binion
2006Billy Baxter
2006T.J. Cloutier
2007Barbara Enright
2007Phil Hellmuth
2008Henry Orenstein
2008Dewey Tomko
2009Mike Sexton
2010Dan Harrington
2010Erik Seidel
2011Barry Greenstein
2011Linda Johnson
2012Eric Drache
2012Bryan "Sailor" Roberts
2013Tom McEvoy
2013Scotty Nguyen

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