Tom McEvoy and Scotty Nguyen Join Poker's Most Exclusive Club, the Poker Hall of Fame
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.
|1979||James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok|
|1987||Walter Clyde "Puggy" Pearson|
|1991||David "Chip" Reese|
|1992||Thomas "Amarillo Slim" Preston|
|1996||Julius Oral Popwell|
|2012||Bryan "Sailor" Roberts|