2009 Poker Hall of Fame: A Case for Tom McEvoy

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Tom McEvoy

Tom McEvoy, one of the longest standing members of Team PokerStars Pro, has stood the test of time in the poker industry and would be one of the most deserving players to be nominated to the 2009 Poker Hall of Fame. McEvoy first made his mark in the poker community in 1983 when he won two bracelets at the WSOP including the Main Event for $540,000. Since then, McEvoy has shown his consistency as a winning poker pro, tacking on three additional WSOP bracelets for Limit Hold'em, Omaha and Razz, 30 tournament titles, hundreds of cashes and most recently taking down the 2009 WSOP Champions Invitational.

"Being voted to the Poker Hall of Fame this year would be the best moment in my career by far," says McEvoy, "It would be better than winning four WSOP bracelets, the Champions Invitational, and even the Main Event!"

Over the past 30 years, McEvoy has earned a list of accomplishments worthy of the Hall of Fame including:

  •        1983 Main Event Champion 
  •        2009 Champions Invitational Winner
  •        Four total WSOP bracelet's (1983 Limit Hold 'Em, 1983 Main Event, 1986 Limit RAZZ, 1992 Limit Omaha)
  •        40 total cashes
  •        20 total final tables
  •        209 live tournament cashes in North America
  •        30 career tournament titles

As one of the few poker players that have sustained a long career in poker, long after this initial poker win, McEvoy has influenced poker players away from the table as well. The 30-year industry veteran has authored 13 top poker books and was one of the first advocates to ban smoking during live poker events.

Greg Raymer, 2004 WSOP World Champion, opined, "Tom has participated in every stage of poker's evolution-on the felt, online, from WSOP to EPT. He has chronicled it and taught us all how to play better poker-and most importantly he's still winning! I can't imagine a professional more deserving of the Poker Hall of Fame this year than Tom."

In the 2009 Champions Invitational, McEvoy knocked out 2002 WSOP Champion, Robert Varkonyi, to win the Binion Cup and a stunning 1970 red Corvette. McEvoy bested a field of 19 past world champions including Amarillo Slim, Doyle Brunson and fellow Team PokerStars Pros Joe Hachem, Greg Raymer, Chris Moneymaker and reigning champion Peter Eastgate.

Nominations to the Poker Hall of Fame can be submitted from May 26-July 2 by visiting;

http://www.worldseriesofpoker.com/pokerhalloffame/halloffamevoting.asp and the Top 10 nominations will be announced during the Main Event of the World Series of Poker.         

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