Scotty Nguyen

Scotty Nguyen
Nationality: United States
Nickname: The Prince of Poker
Last seen on: 2021 World Series of Poker

Biography

Scotty Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American poker player. Over the course of his career, he has won five World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets including the 1998 WSOP Main Event.

He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2013.

“Thank you so much, this is wonderful news,” Nguyen said at the time. “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.”

Biography

Having left his home country of Vietnam as a child, Nguyen spent time in Taiwan before moving to the United States to live with a host family. He subsequently left school to pursue a career in poker.

His intrigue for the game of poker led him to take on the competition in backrooms and pool halls around California before he made the jump to Las Vegas in his early twenties. His bankroll fluctuated up and down and Nguyen soon decided to pick up a job dealing at some of the local casinos. After a few years dealing and playing, he quit to focus on poker properly.


Read More: Scotty Nguyen Talks Motivation and Legacy


Nguyen at the WSOP

Having won his first WSOP bracelet in 1997, Nguyen won the WSOP Main Event in 1998 having defeated Kevin McBride heads-up.

In the final hand, with a full house on the board, Nguyen held a larger full house and put McBride all in before sipping on his beer and uttering the memorable line "You call, it's gonna be all over baby!"

"I call, I play the board," came the reply from McBride, only for Nguyen to turn his hand over and secure victory.

WSOP Main Event Winners 1989-1998

YEARENTRIESCHAMPIONCOUNTRYPRIZE
1998350Scotty NguyenVietnam$1,000,000
1997312Stu UngarUnited States$1,000,000
1996295Huck SeedUnited States$1,000,000
1995273Dan HarringtonUnited States$1,000,000
1994268Russ HamiltonUnited States$1,000,000
1993220Jim BechtelUnited States$1,000,000
1992201Hamid DastmalchiIran$1,000,000
1991215Brad DaughertyUnited States$1,000,000
1990194Mansour MatloubiIran$895,000
1989178Phil HellmuthUnited States$755,000

Tragically, the very next day Nguyen's brother was killed in a car crash in Vietnam. For this reason, Nguyen does not wear his 1998 WSOP bracelet.

Nguyen followed up this victory with two bracelets in 2001 before winning the prestigious $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship in 2008 for $1,989,120 and his fifth WSOP bracelet. He is the only player to have won both the Main Event and the H.O.R.S.E World Championship/Poker Players Championship.


Related: Scotty Nguyen's Winning Smile Shines Bright at the WSOP


Scotty Nguyen WSOP bracelets

YearTournamentPayout
1997$2,000 Omaha 8 or Better$156,959
1998$10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship$1,000,000
2001$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha$178,480
2001$5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better$287,580
2008$50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship$1,989,120

Chan on the WPT

In 2006, Nguyen defeated Michael Mizrachi heads-up to win the Gold Strike World Poker Open for $969,421.

Other Poker Achievements

In 2009, Nguyen won the inaugural LA Poker Classic $10,000 H.O.R.S.E World Championship.

PokerNews Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #75: $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) - $1 Million Guarantee
209th $3,515
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em
44th $10,387
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship
35th $21,028
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller
3rd $592,875
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship
171st $3,760
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #24: $2,620 THE MARATHON No-Limit Hold'em
46th $11,329
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
549th $22,449
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #47: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK
271st $5,415
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #44: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
35th $5,496
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #42: $5,000 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha
24th $16,888
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #29: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
83rd $5,936
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #8: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em
644th $3,446
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #50: $2,500 10-Game Mix (Six Handed)
21st $7,075
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 58: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better
8th $33,789
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 24: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better
2nd $182,213
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #47: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better
5th $53,091
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship
209th $48,847
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #43: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
19th $21,997
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 31 - $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Six-handed
7th $50,508
2007 World Series of Poker
Event 24 - $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi Lo
2nd $110,731
2007 World Series of Poker
Event 5 - $2,500 Omaha/ 7 Card Stud Hi Lo
10th $11,658

Latest Videos

Related Articles

More articles

Search for other players