- Tom McEvoy
infobox poker player
caption=Tom McEvoy at the
2006 World Series of Poker
hometown=Las Vegas, Nevada
wsop bracelet count=4
wsop money finishes=36
wsop main event best finish rank=Winner
wsop main event best finish year=1983
wpt final tables=0(+1)
wpt money finishes=4
Thomas K. McEvoycite web|url=http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28930297623|title=F.E.C. Image|publisher=
Federal Election Commission|date=2007-12-31|accessdate=2008-08-24] (born November 14, 1944in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.) is a professional pokerplayer 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 Pokermain event, and still plays regularly today. 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 Reeseand Andy Bloch.
In March 2006, McEvoy won the third ever
Professional Poker Tourevent beating a field of pros-only at the Bay 101casino.
He was also the first main event winner to earn his buy-in through a
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 Benny 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 Magazineand a representative of PokerStars.com, where he can be seen playing under his own name.
As of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $2,700,000
McEvoy resides in Las Vegas,
Nevadaand has three children. He is currently dating girlfriend and poker player Jane Phelps who plays online under the name pkrplr4116.
World Series of Poker Bracelets
* [http://www.pokerstars.com/team-pokerstars/tom-mcevoy/ Team PokerStars profile]
* [http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=r&n=172 Hendon Mob tournament results]
* [http://www.lasvegasvegas.com/pokerblog/archives/000105.php LasVegasVegas interview]
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