For many poker historians, Tom McEvoy holds a special place in poker history. In 1983 the then 38-year-old became the first person to win the World Series of Poker Main Event after winning their way in via a satellite. Now he’s selling off the bracelet he earned for that victory and a number of other pieces of memorabilia.
In an eBay listing posted last week, poker fans can purchase a package that includes the bracelet, three of McEvoy’s books “autographed and dedicated upon request”, two Team PokerStars Pro patches, a WSOP baseball, a PokerStars baseball, and a one-hour private poker lesson from McEvoy, a Team PokerStars Pro until 2011.
The three books included in the auction (according to images provided by the seller) are How to Win Poker Tournaments, The Championship Table at the World Series of Poker, and Championship Satellite Strategy. McEvoy has authored or co-authored 16 poker strategy books over the course of his career.
The asking price for the package is $15,000. The seller, “ronniescollegefund”, is currently offering a 10% discount. The listing expires January 18 at Noon ET.
The listing is one of eight poker-related auctions currently listed by the same seller. The other seven consist of Team PokerStars gear including a hockey jersey, patches and luggage.
McEvoy’s bracelet is hardly the first to show up for sale on eBay. Brad Daugherty, Matt Keikoan, TJ Cloutier, Eskimo Clark and Dutch Boyd have all sold or attempted to sell their bracelets on eBay.
The most famous might be that of 2008 WSOP Main Event winner Peter Eastgate. In 2010, Eastgate listed his bracelet for sale with the proceeds of the sale going to UNICEF and it eventually sold for $147,000.
Jamie Gold’s 2007 WSOP Main Event bracelet was sold by Heritage Auctions in 2013 for just over $65,000.
This past summer McEvoy recorded two cashes at the WSOP. He finished 93rd in a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event for $2,311. He then wrapped up the summer by finishing 644th in the Main Event for $18,714.
He has three other WSOP bracelets to his credit. His first bracelet actually pre-dates his Main Event win. He won a $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event in 1983 and three years later he won the $1,000 Razz event. His last bracelet win came in 1992 when he won the $1,500 Omaha event.
In 2009 he won the WSOP Champions Invitational, a special freeroll event for all former WSOP Main Event champions held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the WSOP. McEvoy beat Robert Varkonkyi heads-up to win the 1970 Corvette Stingray first prize. He later said he sold the Corvette shortly after his win.
McEvoy has lifetime earnings of $3,024,847 and he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2013 alongside fellow Main Event winner Scotty Nguyen.