When 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. http://iveypoker.com/nguyen-mcevoy-hof/ 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.