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Often called the Gentleman of Poker on account of his 'no smoking at the poker table' policy, Tom McEvoy had a very early start in the game of poker, when he was taught by his grandmother at the tender age of five. His first opponents were his brothers and he played for $1 stakes.
Today, Tom McEvoy holds four WSOP bracelets and the record of being the first poker player to win a championship game from a satellite event. Naturally, his stakes are much higher now while his opponents are celebrated poker professionals.
Tom is also a reputed author and has written 13 books, many of which are considered to be some of the best player guides on poker in the market. He has co-written three great books with TJ Cloutier on championship poker called Championship Hold 'em, Championship Omaha and Championship No-Limit and Pot-Limit Hold 'em. How to Win at Poker Tournaments is yet another book of McEvoy's that has brought him notice.
Despite his early start and obvious love for the game of poker, McEvoy did not play professional poker until he lost his job as an accountant. In his thirties, and tired of sitting at desks and looking at numbers, McEvoy turned his counting skills to playing cards and began to make his fortune.
In 1982, McEvoy scored his first win in a major poker tournament when he came in at 6th place in the WSOP $1,000 Razz tourney. He struck gold in the year 1983, when he won two World Series of Poker titles - one for a $1,000 Limit Hold'em game and the other for a No Limit Hold'em World Championship which got him $540,000 in cash.
This was a noteworthy event as McEvoy had entered and won the WSOP tourney via a satellite game, which had not been done before. McEvoy's win also helped people to see the potential of online satellite games.
Tom is an all-rounder when it comes to playing poker as he is skilled at playing Razz, Hold'em (fixed limit or no-limit) and Omaha and has won WSOP bracelets in all these games.
Tom McEvoy went on to win his third WSOP bracelet in 1986 at a $1,000 Limit Razz event, a win which was later followed by his fourth WSOP Championship win in 1992. McEvoy secured his fourth bracelet as well as a truckload of money in winnings in a $1,500 Omaha Limit event. At this point, McEvoy's winnings have reached the $2,900,000 mark and his wins only served to make him a richer gentleman poker player.
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