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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.