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Thomas K. McEvoy (born November 14, 1944 in Grand Rapids, Michiganmarker, U.S.marker) is a professional poker player and author.

McEvoy was an accountant, but after he was laid off from his job, he took up poker full time in 1978. He first learned to play poker when he was five years old and would regularly get in trouble for playing it in grade school.

McEvoy won the 1983 World Series of Poker Main Event. He was the first winner to earn his buy-in through a satellite tournament. His heads-up matchup with Rod Peate was the longest heads-up battle in WSOP history before being surpassed during the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E event in 2006 by Chip Reese and Andy Bloch.

In March 2006, Tom McEvoy won the third ever Professional Poker Tour event beating a field of pros-only at the Bay 101 casino.

McEvoy is staunchly opposed to smoking. In 1998 he helped organize the first tournament where smoking was not allowed. There was much reluctance, but the tournament still attracted a large number of players, and therefore confirmed the viability of having non-smoking tournaments. In 2002 he convinced Becky Binion Behnen to make the WSOP a non-smoking tournament by agreeing to give Behnen poker lessons.

McEvoy has authored or coauthored over a dozen books on poker with other players such as T. J. Cloutier, Brad Daugherty, Don Vines, and Max Stern. He is a columnist for CardPlayer Magazine and a representative of PokerStars.com, where he can be seen playing under his own name.

On Sunday May 31st 2009, Tom McEvoy became the winner of the WSOP's first Champions Invitational, outlasting 19 other former Main Event champions. The first prize was a Classic 1970 Corvette and the inaugural Binion Cup, presented by Jack Binion, in honour of his father, Benny Binion, the founder of the WSOP and Binion's Horseshoemarker, the original home of the World Series.

As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $2,800,000. His 37 cashes at the WSOP account for $1,293,418 of those winnings.

McEvoy resides in Las Vegas, Nevadamarker and has three children.

World Series of Poker Bracelets

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
1983 $1,000 Limit Hold'em $117,000
1983 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship $580,000
1986 $1,000 Razz $52,400
1992 $1,500 Limit Omaha $79,200


References

  1. World Series of Poker Earnings, worldseriesofpoker.com


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