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Tom McEvoy

Tom McEvoy
GPI rank: 11683
WSOP Bracelets: 4
Total Live Earnings: $3,087,159
Nationality:
United States United States
Last seen on: 2021 World Series of Poker
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Biography

Tom McEvoy is an American poker player who won the 1983 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. He is a four-time WSOP bracelet-winner and in 2013, he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.

"I consider this the highest honor a poker player can receive next to winning the Main Event of the World Series of Poker," he said at the time. "I feel both deeply honored and humbled to be included with all the other poker greats."

Biography

Born in 1944, McEvoy spent most of his life as an accountant. However, he took up poker in the late 70s and first cashed at the WSOP in 1982.

That year he won the Amarillo Slim Super Bowl of Poker and the following year he won his first WSOP bracelet in the $1,000 Limit Hold'em. It was also the same year that he won the Main Event for $540,000. This was only the second time the tournament attracted more than 100 entries.


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His other bracelet wins were in the $1,000 Limit Razz event in 1986 and in 1992’s $1,500 Omaha Limit event. These two victories helped Tom add a further $121,600 to total live earnings of over $3 million.

In 2006, McEvoy won the third-ever Professional Poker Tour for $225,000. McEvoy won the inaugural WSOP Champions Invitational in 2009, winning a classic 1970 Corvette after defeating 2002 Main Event champion Robert Varkonyi heads-up.

In 2017, his Main Event bracelet was put up for sale on eBay.

Smoking in Casinos

McEvoy is credited with convincing casinos to stop allowing players to smoke at the tables. In 1998, he organized the first tournament where smoking was not allowed. Four years later, he convinced the WSOP to make the tournament non-smoking.

WSOP Main Event Winners 1974-83

YEARENTRIESCHAMPIONCOUNTRYPRIZE
1983108Tom McEvoyUnited States$540,000
1982104Jack StrausUnited States$520,000
198175Stu UngarUnited States$375,000
198073Stu UngarUnited States$385,000
197954Hal FowlerUnited States$270,000
197842Bobby BaldwinUnited States$210,000
197734Doyle BrunsonUnited States$340,000
197622Doyle BrunsonUnited States$220,000
197521Brian RobertsUnited States$210,000
197416Johnny MossUnited States$160,000

PokerNews Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #28: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed
67 $2,382
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #14: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
29 $2,687
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #61: COLOSSUS - $400 No-Limit Hold'em
93 $3,546
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #39: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em
283 $1,772
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
430 $29,625
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
302 $2,882
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #20: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
177 $2,628
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #9: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em
41 $3,992
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 42 - $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold'em World Championship
28 $7,669

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