Soi Nguyen



 

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In this article, you will learn more about Soi Nguyen – a real poker gem. You can be forgiven for mistaking this player for Scotty Nguyen as they both share the same surname. The reason for this is that both players were originally from Vietnam before moving to the United States for a better life.

But even though Soi doesn’t share the same tournament results as Scotty, he is still establishing his poker career. Soi is 37 years old, now calls California home, and is part of November Nine final table in the 2010 World Series of Poker Championship Main Event in Las Vegas. In fact, not only is Soi Nguyen the oldest player remaining at the final table, but he is also the only amateur player, so as you can imagine he will be the primary target by many of the pros still battling it out in the WSOP Main Event.

Soi Nguyen’s story has similarities to that of Chris Moneymaker, who was also an amateur player when he won the Main Event at the 2003 World Series of Poker. As you can imagine, Nguyen is the dark horse in this year’s final table.

The 2010 WSOP ME was the fourth major live poker tournament Soi entered, and as you would expect his tournament wins have been limited because he hasn’t played the same volume of tournaments like a professional tournament player. With a 614th place finish at the 2008 WSOP Main Event for $21,230, and now a final table appearance at WSOP 2010, Cuong “Soi” Nguyen would seem determined to make this event his own.

Soi Nguyen was born in what was formally Saigon, South Vietnam, but he didn’t spend all of his childhood there because he moved to Santa Ana, California when he was just 8 years old. Nguyen works as a manager for a medical supplies company but because of his real passion for poker which started as a child – he begain playing poker games in the United States, which included smaller and larger buy-in live poker tournaments.

Commenting on his incredible run in the 2010 WSOP ME, Soi Nguyen said: “Being the amateur doesn’t bother me at all”. In a final table field which is full of poker pros, this is the best time of his life. He feels like this is the greatest opportunity in his life to date and has the support from his poker friends, including Tuan Le, Nam Le, JC Tran, and Steve Sung. I am sure this support will help his game immensely before now and the November 9 final table. But if Soi Nguyen hopes to win the WSOP Main Event and, he has a lot of work to do, because he will enter the final table with the eighth largest stack and 9,650,000 in chips.

Will Soi Nguyen follow in the footsteps of Chris Moneymaker and become another amateur to win the World Series of Poker Main Event? Only time will tell!

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