The Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council recently announced that Scotty Nguyen and Tom McEvoy will be the 45th and 46th poker personalities to be entered into the Poker Hall of Fame, a brand belonging to Caesars Entertainment Corporation. According to the tradition, Nguyen and McEvoy will be officially inducted on November 3, Sunday, at 5:00 p.m. at the Las Vegas based Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, one day in advance of the finals of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2013 main event.
McEvoy, who is now 68 years old, was the oldest poker player of the finalists. He has won cash prizes at four WSOP events and has also become the champion of the Main Event of WSOP 1983. He has also authored several articles and books on the subject of playing poker.
Nguyen, one of the most widely acclaimed poker players in the history of the game, was born in Vietnam. He won the Main Event of WSOP 1998, after which he won four more WSOP bracelets. One of those bracelets was for winning the $50k Players Championship Tournament in 2008. The poker pro, who is now 51 years old, has won over $11.7 million playing poker. He has finished in the cash 272 times and is noted for his ability to make table talk.
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.”
Nguyen stated: “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.”
Nguyen and McEvoy defeated poker personalities such as Humberto Brenes, David Chiu, Chris Bjorin, Mike Matusow, Thor Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, Jennifer Harman, and Huck Seed to get inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.
Launched in 1979 by Horseshoe Casino owner Benny Binion, the Poker Hall of Fame exists only virtually. Its purpose is to honor noted poker personalities.