“You call and it’s gonna be all over baby!”
The famous line Scotty uttered on the final hand of the 1998 WSOP Main Event typifies his exuberance and coined his catchphrase “baby!”
Flamboyance has been replaced in recent years by hoodies and headphones, but Scotty has continued to go with medallions and machismo. $11.7m in lifetime tournament earnings plus five WSOP bracelets suggests that there’s still space in the poker world for characters with talent.
And Scotty has enormous poker talent. He’s the only player to have won both WSOP Main Event and the $50,000 WSOP Poker Players Championship.
“You work so hard, you put so much time in that you want and hope it will be recognized. This is something my grandkids will talk about. It’s awesome, baby, thank you.”
Timeless Tom McEvoy
Since his win in the 1982 Amarillo Slim Super Bowl of Poker, Tom McEvoy has been relentlessly consistent. He has made money from playing tournaments every year since then. He has four WSOP bracelets, and has written over a dozen books on poker.
It’s hard to imagine a character less like Scotty Nguyen. Tom is a former accountant, who has championed smoking bans in casinos. His friendly table manner never offends and he presents the dignified face of poker.
“I feel both deeply honored and humbled to be included with all the other poker greats. This is truly the frosting on the cake of my poker career.”
Are you next?
There are now 21 living members of the Poker Hall of Fame. None of them date from the internet age of poker. Two of the criteria are; that inductees must be over 40, and have “Stood the test of time.”
The online poker boom dates back around ten years, so maybe another decade will have to pass before the internet poker phenoms of today have a chance at this ultimate level of recognition. Time to get back to the tables and start grinding!
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