Scotty Nguyen

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 21:41

Scotty Nguyen

A poker biography of Scotty Nguyen.

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Name - Scotty Nguyen

Born - Nha Trang, Vietnam

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If your opponent calls you baby, what exactly will you feel? Well, for most poker players who have come face to face with Scotty Nguyen on the poker table, this word does not affect them much because it simply shows the character of Nguyen. Charismatic, as often said by poker critics, is the term for Nguyen who enjoys playing poker while calling his opponents baby.

But for those people who have witnessed Nguyen and his behavior, on and off the poker table, his charisma is just a part of his success. Like other players, he also went through different challenges in life, including money, education, and career. From Vietnam, this man traveled with his family to the United States in 1974, without an idea that it would be the start of a poker life. During his stay in the US, he lived in Orange County and at a tender age of 14, he became engaged in underground home poker games. Because he was so attached to poker, he spent more of his hours on the poker table than in the classroom; consequently, he was expelled from school.

His passion for poker never died, however, so he did not go back to school. Instead, he found a good job which was close to the thing that he has come to love: a job as a dealer. He worked at a casino in Southern California where he learned more about the poker world and interacted with various poker communities. He was such an eager learner that in each session, Nguyen made sure that he learned something from the game. While doing his job, he carefully observed the players' actions and thought about their decisions -- a practice which later influenced his game play.

As Nguyen sharpened his poker knowledge everyday, he soon realized that he wanted to play. In 1991, Nguyen began to join the live poker tourneys, and in his very first poker game, the Winter Poker Olympics, he proved to himself and to the audience that he was good because he won second place. But, Nguyen was an insatiable player so he wanted to win more. He joined both simple and prominent poker events such as the Gold Coast Open, the LA Poker Classic III, the Queens Poker Classic, the Hall of Fame Poker Classic in 1994, the California State Poker Championship, the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament, the World Poker Tour, the World Series of Poker, and more.

Out of all the poker events he joined in, the one that is very well remembered by all poker enthusiasts was the 29th World Series of Poker, which took place in the Binion's Horseshoe, Las Vegas on May 1998. Nguyen made a mark in poker history when he told Kevin McBride, "You call this one and it's all over, baby." With that remark, Nguyen took hold of the game and ended it with a flourish.

A triumphant player, indeed, Nguyen stands out among other players because of his attitude towards the game and life in general. People may not know all of Nguyen's struggles before he earned more than $6,700,000, his total winnings in his years of playing poker. But certainly, with his happy-go-lucky disposition, win or lose, the rough roads to success were well worth the wait.