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Qui Nguyen Wins 2016 WSOP Main Event – Completes Rise from Nail Salon

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

qui-nguyen-wsop-main-eventQui Nguyen went into the final 3 of the 2016 WSOP Main Event with the chip lead. But winning wasn’t easy as he still faced fierce challenges from Gordon Vayo and Cliff Josephy.

Both opponents would take the chip lead at various points. But Vayo would eliminate Josephy in third, while Nguyen outlasted Vayo in a marathon heads-up match to win the $8,005,310 top prize.

The heads-up match with Vayo was exhausting, as it covered seven hours and 181 hands. But with his stack dwindling, Vayo finally went all-in with J-10. Nguyen called with K-10 and flopped a king that eventually won him the hand and $8 million.

This is an amazing win for Nguyen, 39, who was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the US in 2001, when he was 24.

He found work as a nail technician at a nail salon in California, where he first picked up poker.

“It was just a job,” said Nguyen. “I didn’t like it a lot, but I needed money.”

Nicknamed “Tommy Gun” for his aggression, Nguyen would eventually carve out a living from poker.

Not long ago, he made a decision that would change his life: entering a $1,100 WSOP Main Event satellite. Nguyen won the satellite and earned the $10,000 seat that led to this big victory.

Now, Nguyen is $8 million richer and looking to give something back. He told ESPN that he’ll donate part of his winnings to homeless Vietnamese people.

“[Average] Vietnamese family makes only $200 a month,” said Qui. “They are very poor and hungry. Some families don’t even have blankets, but I will make sure that they are taken care of. Whether I finish first or last, I plan to go to Vietnam to donate money to the poor.”

Another thing that Nguyen says he’ll do is give up baccarat, a game that has cost him an estimated $250,000 over the years.

And with millions of dollars and strong poker skills, he’ll be in pretty good shape if he can stay away from the baccarat tables.

2016 WSOP November Nine Payouts
1. Qui Nguyen (USA) – $8,005,310
2. Gordon Vayo (USA) – $4,661,228
3. Cliff Josephy (USA) – $3,454,035
4. Michael Ruane ((USA) – $2,576,003
5. Vojtech Ruzicka (Czech R.) – $1,935,288
6. Kenny Hallaert (Belgium) – $1,464,258
7. Griffin Benger (Canada) – $1,250,190
8. Jerry Wong (USA) – $1,110,076
9. Fernando Pons (Spain) – $1,100,000

WSOP November Nine Down to 3 – Qui Nguyen Leads

Monday, October 31st, 2016

wsop-november-nine-2016After two days of play, the 2016 WSOP November Nine has become the November three. Qui Nguyen leads the final table with 197,600,000 chips, while Godon Vayo (89 million) and Cliff Josephy (50 million) are still alive.

Nguyen, who opened the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table in second place (67.925m), had an excellent first day and amassed 40% of the total chips.

He now has over half of the chips in play and looks poised to win tonight. This is quite a position for Nguyen to be in because, prior to the Main Event, he was grinding out a living in $1/$2 to $5/$10 games at the ARIA.

A self-described gambler, Nguyen was never afraid to push his stack advantage to steal pots. But he’s also played well enough to have the right cards when it does come to a showdown. He seems to have the right temperament on such a big stage too.

“I’m not nervous,” said Nguyen. “I’m never nervous. I’m so lucky to be here right now. Whatever happens, happens.”

A lot could happen, considering that Josephy and Vayo are skilled players. Josephy entered the final table with the chip lead (74.6m), while Vayo was third (49.375m).

Both players did what they needed to survive and reach the end, where an $8 million top prize awaits the winner.

Josephy can’t be happy about being the short stack at this point, but he’ll definitely take the opportunity to go for the largest poker prize of his life.

The two players who busted out on Day 2 include Michael Ruane (4th, $2.58m) and Vojtech Ruzicka (5th, $1.94m). They entered the final table fourth and fifth respectively in terms of chips.

With a dwindling stack Ruzicka shoved his remaining chips into the middle with A-7, while Nguyen called him with A-Q. The board blanked for both players, giving Nguyen the win and eliminating Ruzicka.

Ruane went all-in with K-Q suited, and Nguyen called with A-J unsuited. The latter won with ace-high when the board missed Ruane.

Action will resume tonight at 9pm EST, as Nguyen looks to close out the tournament and win $8 million.

2016 WSOP Main Event Final Table Set – Cliff Josephy Is Chip Leader

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

2016-wsop-main-event-final-table“I’m just elated right now, relieved and elated,” said Cliff Josephy after making the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table. “I had a goal, I’ve reached it, and now I’ll set some loftier ones.”

The 51-year-old poker pro leads the Main Event final table with 74,600,000 chips. Josephy has already won two gold bracelets, and he has a strong chance to win #3 when the final table reconvenes on October 30th.

Other players who’ll be in the hunt include Qui Nguyen (67,925,000 chips), Gordon Vayo (49,375,000), and Kenny Hallaert (43,325,000. Let’s discuss these players along with the rest of the 2016 Main Event final table below.

2016 WSOP November Nine

1. Cliff Josephy, 74.6 million chips – The Syosset, New York resident has $2,641,620 in live tournament winnings, highlighted by victories in 2005 WSOP $1.5k Seven Card Stud ($191.2k) and 2013 WSOP $3,000 NLHE ($299.5k) tournaments.

2. Qui Nguyen, 67.925 million chips – Qui Nguyen is the only Las Vegas player to make the Main Event final table. He has $52,986 in live tournament winnings.

3. Gordon Vayo, 49.375 million chips – Hailing from San Francisco, California, the 27-year-old Gordon Vayo has $974,714 in tournament winnings along with 21 WSOP cashes.

4. Kenny Hallaert, 43.325 million chips – Kenny Hallaert has earned $1,317,530 in live tournaments, including a fifth-place finish in last year’s WSOP Colossus tournament ($182.35k). The 34-year-old follows in the footsteps of countryman Pierre Neuville, who took seventh place last year ($1.29 million).

5. Michael Ruane, 31.6 million chips – With $44,962 in live tourney winnings, Michael Ruane probably never dreamed of making it this far. But the New Jersey native is on the final table, looking to give his career earnings a huge boost.

6. Vojtech Ruzicka, 27.3 million chips – Ruzicka created a buzz when he led the Main Event going into the final day. After an up-and-down day, Ruzicka survived the final round of eliminations to land on the final table in sixth place. The Prague native’s biggest cash came courtesy of winning the 2013 EPT Deauville High Roller ($426,097).

7. Griffin Benger, 26.175 million chips – As the winner of the 2014 Shark Cage ($1m), and the player with the most online poker tournament winnings in 2011, Griffin Benger is well known in poker. The Toronto resident has earned $2,395,406 in live tournaments along with almost $5.9 million in online events.

8. Jerry Wong, 10.175 million chips – Hailing from Brooklyn, Wong, along with Ruane and Josephy, is the third player from the New York City area on this final table. His biggest cash before the Main Event includes finishing third in the 2013 PCA Main Event ($725k).

9. Fernando Pons, 6.15 million chips – Pons won his $10k Main Event seat through an 888poker satellite, and he’s living the dream after making the final table. He only has $10,589 in tournament winnings, but he’ll increase this amount 100-fold thanks to a guaranteed $1 million prize.

Main Event Final Table Payouts
1. $8,000,000
2. $4,658,452
3. $3,451,175
4. $2,574,808
5. $1,934,579
6. $1,463,906
7. $1,250,000
8. $1,100,000
9. $1,000,000