Tom McEvoy, the 1983 World Series of Poker champion, put his Main Event gold bracelet up for auction on eBay. The bidding began at $13,500 and ended with a $15,000 purchase.
Part of the sale included three poker books written by the poker champion, a one-hour poker training session with McEvoy, and two PokerStars Team Pro patches. The original posting gave specific instructions on how the buyer can receive the items.
“Email for any questions or in Las Vegas appointment requests.
Interested Verified Buyers to meet at agreed upon jewelers appraisal location required.
On-Site Local Pick Up terms are NON-NEGOTIABLE,” the eBay post read.
McEvoy wasn’t the seller. A user by the name of “ronniescollegefund” listed the items on eBay. The account is owned by a man named Ronnie who is attempting to raise money for his kid’s college fund. Hence, the “Ronnie’s College Fund” eBay store.
It is unclear why McEvoy, a 72-year old Las Vegas resident, sold his Main Event bracelet, the most cherished piece of jewelry in poker. We also don’t know his connection to the college fund or how much of the sale will be given to the poker champion.
Not the First (Probably Not the Last)
McEvoy isn’t the first former Main Event champion to sell his bracelet. Jerry Yang, Jamie Gold, and Brad Daugherty turned the coveted bracelet into cash. Peter Eastgate, the 2009 winner, auctioned his off for charity.
But it may come as a bigger surprise that a guy like McEvoy would put this item up for sale. He’s a long-time poker player and a Poker Hall of Fame member.
A Look Back at McEvoy’s Career
Those who began playing poker in the post-Poker Boom era may not be aware of Tom McEvoy’s career. In 2013, he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame along with Scotty Nguyen.
On top of winning the 1983 WSOP Main Event, McEvoy has a total of four career bracelets and has won more than $1.3 million at the annual summer series.
He resides in Las Vegas where he still plays poker on occasion. The former champ cashed in this year’s Main Event (644th place) along with a $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament (93rd place). He’ll head into the 2017 WSOP with 48 career cashes.
McEvoy’s impact on the game extends beyond the felt. His anti-smoking stance helped lead to poker rooms banning smoking. It wasn’t long ago when card rooms allowed players to smoke at the table.
Right around the time Chris Moneymaker won the Main Event, that all changed, thanks in large part to McEvoy’s efforts.