Tom McEvoy and Scotty Nguyen join the stars of Poker Hall of Fame

thepokerWhen Tom McEvoy and Scotty Nguyen were nominated for the first time in 2008 for the Poker Hall of Fame, nobody was surprised. The poker community as a whole agreed that the two players were the perfect candidates and many expected them to be inducted the very same year. That didn’t happen but they got another chance in 2009 and every year since then, with 2013 being the one that marked a special occasion. has some juicy details about the story, but this is not the place where the information first surfaced.

The committee made the decision at the beginning of October, but the plan was to only release it to the public in early November. The chosen date was November 3, when the World Series of Poker and its highly anticipated final table resumes. It made perfect sense to choose this date to announce the name of the two players who joined the other professionals that are an integrate part of the Poker Hall of Fame, but Michael Sexton had other plans.

He had intimate knowledge about the nomination and decided to share the good news with those interested on social networks two weeks in advance. Immediately after he tweeted the two names, other poker professionals confirmed them and rushed to congratulate Tom McEvoy and Scotty Nguyen for their performance. They are widely regarded as extraordinary players who made a significant contribution to the game and have dominated the live tables for years.

This doesn’t mean that they had no strong competition this year, in fact there were some who speculated that the two poker pros would have to wait for another year. Humberto Brenes, Chris Bjorin, Thor Hansen, Jen Harman, Carlos Mortensen, David Chiu and Mike Matusow were on the same list but they are the ones that will have to wait until 2014. Some of them are certain to find themselves on the same list, as a result of popular demand, but the names could also emerge.

For the time being, Scotty Nguyen and Tom McEvoy celebrate their victory and the poker community remembers their performance. Scotty Nguyen caught his lucky break in 1999 when he won the World Series of Poker Main event and another significant achievement was the triumph in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship 10 years later. Tom McEvoy is also a WSOP main event winner although his triumph came three decades ago when he made it all the way to the top as a result of winning a satellite.

Durr and Cates could resume challenge this month

Durr and Cates could resume challenge this monthWhen poker players sit down at high-stakes tables, being them tournaments or cash games they have a fairly accurate idea about their chances. Even though they are evenly matched and the differences seem to be negligible, they know when they are slight underdogs or favorites and distinguish between better and worse opponents. Obviously, they have no intention of acknowledging that to the public and some of them go to great lengths to convince fans and media alike that they are the best players out there.

This kind of rhetoric inevitably leads to conflict and sometimes poker players decide to issue a challenge to those who claim that they are better than them. It is not certain which are the reasons for why Durr and Cates decided to play in a head to head competition, but so far this challenge didn’t lead anywhere. Tom gave his opponent excellent terms and was willing to pay a larger amount had he lost to Cates, but due to a busy schedule he didn’t actually play the necessary number of hands.

It comes as no surprise that many poker players thought that this challenge will never come to fruition, but recently, Dan “jungleman12” Cates gave them some good news. Apparently, he made an offer that his opponent should find too good to refuse despite the fact that he has plenty of action at high-stakes tables in Macau. Dwan and other poker professionals find the idea of competing against wealthy people with mediocre poker skills exciting, because these are the kind of opponents that you can milk for huge amounts of money.

As far as Dan is concerned, this distraction is responsible for the unnecessary delays and as a result he raises the antes. He refused to disclose the new terms of the agreement, but he told the media that under the new rules Tom is virtually bound to resume the challenge. The new deadline was set for the end of September but so far no new information transpired in the press, so we only have to wait and see.

Those who have no idea about what this challenge is all about should know that the winner will take all the money earned at the tables and an additional amount paid by the one who loses. The difference consists in the fact that if Tom wins the challenge he will receive an additional $500,000, while Dan will scoop an amount three times higher. This was the initial agreement and if any changes were made by either of the two parties, we should learn about them shortly.