There is no higher distinction for poker players than being inducted in the Hall of Fame, the most prestigious list which celebrates players with remarkable careers. Winning tournaments and huge amounts at high stakes tables is obviously nice, but success comes and goes on the felt, while a place in the Hall of Fame is cemented for eternity. Only the best players are even nominated and Tom McEvoy and Scotty Nguyen hold the record for the most nominations, with each of them having five.
The decision was made a couple of days ago, but the plan was to unveil the names of the most recent Hall of Fame inductees on November 3, when WSOP Main Even final table resumes. Apparently, it was Mike Sexton who leaked the information to the media after he congratulated the two players on Twitter. Most would agree that Tom McEvoy and Scotty Nguyen fully deserve to be among the most respected poker players in the world, but the other eight nominees should also be given credit.
Among the poker professionals who failed to win this year are Humberto Brenes, Carlos Mortensen and Mike Matusow who were on the same list one year ago. They are probably counting on a new nomination next year, although they hope that they won’t have to wait five years before being inducted into Hall of Fame. Chris Bjorin, Thor Hansen, Jen Harman and David Chiu were also nominated this year for the first time ever, but the community chose Tom McEvoy and Scotty Nguyen.
They are the 45th and 46th players to be admitted, with the last two players to be given the honour being Brian Roberts and Eric Drache. Scotty Nguyen emigrated from Vietnam and quickly rose to stardom in the United States after winning multiple tournaments and emerging victorious in the World Series of Poker Main Event in 1998. 10 years later he won the 2008 $50,000 Poker Players Championship and his career earnings are estimated at more than $10 million.
Although he can’t brag about winning the same amounts, Tom McEvoy has a stellar career of his own with $2 million in earnings and four World Series of Poker golden bracelets. He won the main event 30 years ago after booking a seat through a qualifier and in 2009 he out shined all former Main Event winners in the Champions Invitational. He is widely regarded as one of the most inspirational poker players in the world, responsible for some of the biggest changes to the game. He is also known for his contribution to turning major tournaments into non-smoking events, including the World Series of Poker Main Event.