Tom McEvoy and Scotty Nguyen, two WSOP Main Event champions who have both enjoyed outstanding careers on the felt, have been selected for enshrinement into the Poker Hall of Fame.
McEvoy made the announcement via Twitter, where he also notified his fans of another dubious distinction. “I hold the record with the most nominations before getting elected,” McEvoy tweeted. “I lost the last 4 times, but the 5th time was the charm.
McEvoy is correct, but he is not alone in being nominated five times before joining the upper echelon of poker’s elite. His co-inductee, Nguyen, was also bypassed four times before still alive Poker Hall of Fame members and select media representatives voted for his inclusion this year.
McEvoy won the WSOP Main Event 30 years ago and earned his seat via a satellite, the first Main Event winner to accomplish the feat. He won three other WSOP bracelets during his illustrious career and has almost $2 million in lifetime tournament earnings. McEvoy has authored and co-written a number of poker strategy books, teaming up on occasion with fellow Hall of Famer T.J. Cloutier.
Nguyen is the 1998 WSOP Main Event champ and is currently 12th on the all-time poker money list with just shy of $12 million in winnings. Born in Vietnam, Nguyen has five WSOP gold bracelets to his name and landed at WSOP final tables fifteen other times.
Players still remember Nguyen’s famous quote during his Main Event championship during the final hand versus runner-up Kevin McBride. “You call, it’s gonna be all over baby,” Nguyen said, as he held J-9 in the hole while the board showed a full house of 8-9-9-8-8.
Other players who were nominated this year but will have to hope for future nominations include Huck Seed, Jennifer Harman, Carlos Mortensen, Humberto Brenes, Chris Bjorin, Thor Hansen, David Chiu and Mike Matusow. Incidentally, legend has it that Matusow had 1/3 of Nguyen’s action at the 1998 WSOP Main Event.
The two newest Poker Hall of Famers will be inducted on November 3 at the Rio in Las Vegas. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table that has been on hiatus for several months.