Scotty Nguyen

Thuan "Scotty" Nguyen fled South Vietnam with his family on a boat in 1979. After apparently being stranded in the South Pacific, he and his family were picked up by a US naval vessel and brought to America, where they settled in Chicago.

At age 21, Nguyen began working as a poker dealer in Las Vegas, entering small poker games just in his free time. His skill improved and he eventually started playing poker full-time.

In 1997, Nguyen won the Omaha High-Low Split event in the World Series of Poker. In 1998, at age 35, he went on to win the World Series of Poker main event, besting a total of 350 opponents. He doesn’t wear his 1998 bracelet because his brother was killed after being hit by a car in Vietnam the day after the tournament was played.

In 2001, Nguyen won two additional World Series bracelets, playing in the Pot Limit Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better events.

Scotty Nguyen is one of the most active of poker champions and has finished in the money in more than 100 professional poker events. In 2006, he earned his first World Poker Tour victory, beating Michael Mizrachi in the fourth season Gold Strike World Poker Open with an opening hand of an ace and a queen in the heads-up round. He is one of only five players to win both the World Poker Tour and the main event of the World Series of Poker.

As of 2008, Scotty Nguyen has won over $7.6 million from poker tournaments.

World Series of Poker Bracelets



Prize (US$)


$2,000 Omaha 8 or Better



$10,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship



$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha



$5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better