WSOP Champs Nguyen And McEvoy Earn Poker Hall Of FameOctober 21, 2013 1:12 pm
The Poker Hall of Fame was created in 1979 with admission into its ranks considered one of the biggest honors in poker. This weekend, two more names were added to its illustrious list, both of whom are former World Series Of Poker Main EventChampions who had previously been nominated five times before.
This time around, however, Tom McEvoy (photo) and Scotty Nguyen have now become the 45th and 46th players to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame representing the class of 2013.
Tom McEvoy won the 1983 WSOP Main Event and in so doing also became the first player ever to win the prestigious tournament by first qualifying through a satellite. Since then, the 68-year-old has gone on to notch up around $3 million in tournament winnings, picking-up a total of 4 WSOP bracelets along the way.
Following his induction into the Poker Hall of Fame, McEvoy, stated: “I would like to thank everyone for making my election to the Poker Hall of Fame possible. It was a very emotional day for me when I got the news. 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. This is truly the frosting on the cake of my poker career.”
Scotty Nguyen won the 1998 WSOP Main Event and now boasts five WSOP bracelets, as well as an impressive $11,734,812 in live tournament winnings. The 50-year-old is also credited with one of the most famous quotes in poker, when he said during the Main Event championship final hand; “You call and it’s all over baby.”
Following his inclusion in the Hall of Fame, Nguyen said: “Thank you so much, this is wonderful news. 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.”
The official induction will take place on Sunday, November 3rd at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.