In case you missed it, a unique event called WPT Monster Invitational took place last Sunday at Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. The invited players were Scotty Nguyen, Antonio Esfandiari, Tony Dunst, Vanessa Selbst, Phil Laak and David Williams.
Day 1C of the 2014 Main Event was excpected to be the busiest of the three Day 1's - and this became a fact when 3,768 poker players showed up at The Rio All-Suite Casino on Monday morning, ready to get into the action for the $10 million first prize. With all three Day 1's combined, the total number of entries for this year's main event is now up to 6,683 players and the total prize pool for the top 693 players is $62,820,200.
Day 1C concluded after ten hours of play (five 2-hour levels). The chip leader, Eric Tracey, managed to bag 206,175 and close second to him is no-other than Phil Ivey with 187,025.
Day 1C had gathered a lot of famous poker players. Among the most recognisable faces that managed to survive Day 1C were David Tuchman, Jonathan Duhamel, Berry Johnston, Gerard Pique, and Scotty Nguyen. Some other poker faces that didn't manage further were Sam Trickett, Kathy Liebert, Andre Akkari, David "Devilfish" Ulliott, Stephen Chidwick, Davidi Kitai, Andy Frankenberger, Tom Schneider, and Jackie Glazier.
The World Poker Tour Five Diamonds World Poker Classic has been running over the weekend at Bellagio in Las Vegas. A total of 449 players entered the competition and there are 59 players remaining after 3 days of play. The chip leader is Don Nguyen with 774,500, and he will be joined at the poker tables tonight by several poker stars, including Dan O'Brien (504,500), Brian Rast (459,500), Joe Serock (430,000), Jeff Madsen (353,500) and Scotty Nguyen (149,500).
The money bubble will burst when 45 players remain, which should occur early in Day 4. A minimum cash is worth $21,700 and the winner will take home an increadible $1,161,135! Tune back in tomorrow for another update!
Scotty Nguyen and Tom McEvoy were elected to the Poker Hall of Fame last Friday. The two former world champions have some impressive resumes and both have contributed to the growth of the game. In total, they been nominated a combined 9 times (McEvoy 5 times and Scotty 4 times) before they finally were choosen.
This year's 10 finalists for the Poker Hall Of Fame were unveiled the other day. Six of ten nominees were players who were nominated to the 2012 Poker Hall Of Fame: Chris Bjorin, Thor Hansen, Jennifer Harman, Scotty Nguyen, David Chiu and Tom McEvoy. The other four nominees were Mike Matusow, Humberto Brenes, Carlos Mortensen and Huck Seed, who had made the top finalists list in 2011.
This year's main event kicked off on Saturday with the first of three starting flights (1a, 1b & 1c). Day 1 A gathered close to a thousand players (943). There were a few known faces that was seated during the first day such as "Joe Cada, Pius Heinz, Olivier Busquet, Brian Rast, Justin Bonomo, Elio Fox and Ivan Demidov". However, none of them finished the day in top 10:
The second start flight had a higher number of participants when the 1,942 players sat down around the tables on Sunday. Day 1 B had no less than five former WSOP Main Event champions: Greg Raymer, Scotty Nguyen, Doyle Brunson, Chris Moneymaker and Dan Harrington. Top 10 Chip Count:
We will be back with chip counts once Day 1 C has been concluded.
Ever wondered what the most successful surname in tournament poker is? Speculate no more! An American poker news site, together with Hendon Mob (a statistical database), have checked which surnames have won the most money in international poker tournaments and created a list of the top 100 surnames, the number of players, and the total amount won.
The second out of the three opening fields in this year's WSOP Main Event concluded late on Monday night. Main event 1B attracted no less then 2,114 players. This means that the two starting fields has so far a total of 3,180 participants. From the 1B starting field only 1,387 remained after the first 12 hour opening session. In combination with the remaining players from the 1A field, the number of players that, as of now, will continue to day 2 is 2,044. According to WSOP.com reporter Nolan Dalla "Predictions indicate that at there will be more players for Day 1C than Day 1A and Day 1B combined".
Like the 1A field, the 1B field also saw some past bracelet winners leave during the first session. These included the 2001 world champion Carlos Mortensen, 2004 Main Event winner Greg Raymer and the mighty five time WSOP bracelet winner Scotty Nguyen.
The Main Event 1B concluded with John Hoang as the chipleader. The top ten standings from Day 1B is: 1. John Hoang - 180,000 2. James Schafer - 171,250 3. Vanessa Selbst - 168,350 4. Anh Van Nguyen - 163,050 5. Jeff Beckley - 158,550 6. Matthew Woodward - 158,500 7. Cornelius Foley - 146,875 8. Shawn Quillin - 146,300 9. Jason Somerville - 144,725 10. Fergal Nealon - 141,825
Yesterday, Joe Cassidy, Phil Ivey and Scotty "the Prince" Nguyen played three-handed in Event #24: Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-better. Ivey had the chance to win his 9th bracelet and was in second place for quite some time. However, things didn't turn out the way Ivey had planned and soon he was running low on chips, then eliminated by Cassidy in 3rd place for $136,046.
The two finalists, Cassidy and Nguyen, then agreed to continue the heads-up the following day because it was past 3 am in the morning and they had been playing for many long hours.
In case you didn't read our news on Event #24 (Omaha Hi-LowSplit 8-or-better) this morning, we can inform you that Phil Ivey (8 WSOP bracelets), Scotty Nguyen (5 WSOP bracelets) and Joe Cassidy were the last 3 players fighting for a first prize of $294,777 and a gold coveted bracelet.
There are only 3 remaining players in Event 24: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better. Even though some might not be familiar with the game of this event, you still probably find it interesting to know that poker giants Scotty Nguyen and Phil Ivey are chasing another bracelet!
That's right! Scotty has the chance of winning his 6th gold bracelet and Phil can take home his 9th! Both of them have plenty of chips to gamble with and it will be interesting to see if the other player, chip leader Joe Cassidy, can do anything to stop them.
We will be back with more information as soon as a winner has been crowned!
Scotty Nguyen, 47, the ex-WSOP CHAMP, doesn't need any closer presentation as he has been a "regular" in the poker headlines (for many different reasons) for many, many years. There has been so much things going on in his life that many have asked themselves why he never writes a book about it?
Well, maybe we don't have to wait so much longer before there is a book in the stores. Scotty has just announced on his Twitter that he's looking for someone to write a book about his life. But, he doesn't want to write it himself and hire a so-called ghost writer - - Scotty wants one of his fans to write the book about his colorful life.
Day 4 of the 2010 WSOP Main Event is now in the books. 574 of 7,319 players are still in the tournament and all of them are guaranteed to get a share from the enormous prize pool of nearly $69 million. Chip leader of the tournament is Tony Dunst from Las Vegas, Nevada who sits on a stack of 1,546,000 (average stack 381k).
There are several notables left in the field (Johnny Chan, Hasan Habib, Johnny Lodden, Scotty Nguyen etc -- all top 100), with 4 days to go before the tournament is down to the final table and goes on a break. In a couple of hours day 5 of the main event kicks off. It has been a very interesting tournament to follow so far and hopefully the rest of the tournament will be even better.
Rumors that Scotty Nguyen has problems with his alcohol use has been circulating on the web for a very long time. That he was really drunk at the televised final table in the 2008 WSOP HORSE-event didn't really help him prove people they were wrong about him and his "so-called" alcohol problems. However, a few days after that Scotty won the HORSE event, he realized that he had done something wrong and therefore he apologized to all his fans in his blog.
Lately, many have claimed that Scotty cant play poker sober. Scotty now wants to prove them wrong as he said in a recent interview that he wont drink anything in the next few poker tournaments and show everyone that he's as good sober as drunk.
The Doyle Brunson Classic attracted a lot of pros this time and the tournament seemed to become a success, but during day 3 of the tournament Scotty Nguyen once again ended up in trouble and suddenly the nice atmosphere was gone. It all started after that the dealer made a small mistake that made Scotty very upset. Scotty started complaining about the dealer, and after a while Dan O'Brien had enough and started defending the dealer. This just made Scotty even more frustrated as he started complaining and whining even more.
Unfortunately, this was just the beginning A young unknown player raised to 24,000 before the flop and scotty re-raised to 50,000. The unknown player then re-raised Scotty to 150,000, Scotty called.
FLOP K[h] 7[s] 3[h]
The unknown player went all-in with AA and Scotty called with 7[h] 4[h].
When another 7 landed on the river, Scotty slammed his fist in the table and started shooting different swear words and something about that he was tired. After this the tournament crew had enough and gave Scotty a 10 minute penalty. This meant that Scotty had to leave the table for 10 minutes at the same time as his cards were auto-folded.
Nearly 80 very successful athletes from different sports agreed to pose half naked in the latest issue of a big sports magazine. Four of these were Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen, Jennifier Harman, and Phil Hellmuth who represented the world of poker. The editor-in-chief of the magazine was more than happy to get these 4 poker pros to pose half naked in front of the camera.
"We were looking for big names in poker, and it's hard to get bigger names than the ones we got"
It seems like Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen, Jennifier Harman, and Phil Hellmuth all took the picture quite serious. However, Daniel Negreanu, probably took it the most serious as he said in an interview that he prepared himself for the photo by training hard and having a nice sun tan.
Earlier this year, Scotty Nguyen, made a statement that he would stop playing poker if he didn't win at least 4 million dollars in 2009 WSOP. The most people thought that it was crazy of him to say something like that, and they meant that there is not a chance in the world that he will stop playing if he doesn't win 4 million dollars. All of them were right. Scotty Nguyen, weren't even close to win that much money in 2009 WSOP, and he never stopped playing poker after the world series. In an interview with a Swedish magazine he said the following.
Scotty "The Prince of poker" Nguyen has earlier this year said that he will never play poker again if he doesn't manage to win more than $4 million in this year's World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Now Scotty has revealed what he will do with the winnings if he reaches his $4 million US dollars goal in WSOP 2009.
Phil Hellmuth's own publishing house has just released a new book called "Deal Me In". The book is about 20 poker players, their way to success and their lives before making it pro. Players like Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Scotty Nguyen's life time storys are included in the book.
Scotty Nguyen is a living poker legend and he has earned over 4.6 million dollars from different WSOP events during his career. But now he says that he will never play poker again, if he doesn't make more than 4 million in WSOP 2009.
The last few years more and more girls have realized what an amazing and enjoyable game poker really is. A few of them has been really successful and turned into pros. One of them is Annette Obrestad from Norway who has already won millions of dollars even though she is just 20 years old. Now she's on the second place in Aussie Millions with 454,800 chips. And on the first place we find another girl, Annica Ivert from Sweden who has dominated Day 2 and now has 555,900 chips.
Day 1c brought the biggest starting field so far in the tournament with almost 50% more than both day 1a and day 1b together. Day 1c included the best and most well known players as well. To mention a few of them, Gus Hansen, Phil Laak, Joe Hachem, John Juanda, Scotty Nguyen and JC Tran.