Scotty Nguyen

Scotty Nguyen

Scotty Nguyen




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Scotty Nguyen
United States
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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. Its awesome, baby, thank you.


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.

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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

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.

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Scotty Nguyen WSOP bracelets

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

Scotty Nguyen Top Five WSOP Cashes

June 2008$50,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship1st$1,989,120
May 1998$10,000 Main Event1st$1,000,000
June 2018$25,000 PLO High Roller3rd$592,875
June 2007$10,000 Main Event11th$476,926
May 2001$5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo1st$207,580

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

2023 World Series of PokerEvent #73: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet46th$4,398
2022 World Series of PokerEvent #48: $1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed43rd$3,755
2018 World Series of PokerEvent #75: $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) - $1 Million Guarantee209th$3,515
2018 World Series of PokerEvent #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em44th$10,387
2018 World Series of PokerEvent #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship35th$21,028
2018 World Series of PokerEvent #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller3rd$592,875
2018 World Series of PokerEvent #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship171st$3,760
2018 World Series of PokerEvent #24: $2,620 THE MARATHON No-Limit Hold'em46th$11,329
2017 World Series of PokerEvent #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship549th$22,449
2017 World Series of PokerEvent #47: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK271st$5,415
2017 World Series of PokerEvent #44: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.35th$5,496
2014 World Series of PokerEvent #42: $5,000 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha24th$16,888
2014 World Series of PokerEvent #29: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em83rd$5,936
2014 World Series of PokerEvent #8: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em644th$3,446
2013 World Series of PokerEvent #50: $2,500 10-Game Mix (Six Handed)21st$7,075
2012 World Series of PokerEvent 58: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better8th$33,789
2012 World Series of PokerEvent 24: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better2nd$182,213
2011 World Series of PokerEvent #47: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better5th$53,091
2010 World Series of PokerEvent #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship209th$48,847
2010 World Series of PokerEvent #43: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship19th$21,997
2010 NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship$20,000 Heads-up Championship3rd$125,000
2009 World Series of PokerEvent 37 - $10,000 World Championship Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8-or-better11th$33,668
2009 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship$20,000 Heads-up Championship11th$25,000
2009 Aussie MillionsEvent 9 - $10,500 Aussie Millions Main Event50th15,000 AUD EPT London 1m Showdown20,000 High Roller Event5th£137,000
2008 EPT London5,200 EPT London Main Event32nd£13,052
2008 Partouche Poker Tour - Cannes8,500 Cannes Main Event44th$15,693
2008 World Series of PokerEvent 45 - $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship1st$1,989,120
2008 World Series of PokerEvent 31 - $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-handed7th$50,508
2007 Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) - Sydney$6300 APPT Sydney Main Event19th18,416 AUD
2007 World Series of PokerEvent 55 - $10,000 World Championship No Limit Holdem11th$476,926
2007 World Series of PokerEvent 50 - $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha15th$30,992
2007 World Series of PokerEvent 46 - $1,000 Seven Card Stud Hi Lo4th$31,610
2007 World Series of PokerEvent 31 - $5,000 Heads Up No Limit Holdem17th$16,582
2007 World Series of PokerEvent 24 - $3,000 Seven Card Stud Hi Lo2nd$110,731
2007 World Series of PokerEvent 5 - $2,500 Omaha/ 7 Card Stud Hi Lo10th$11,658