Born in Vietnam, Scotty Nguyen (Thuan B. Nguyen) moved to
America when he was 14, and was soon expelled from school for
spending too much time playing underground poker games. After
turning 21, Scotty Nguyen attended dealer school and got a job at
Harrah's poker room where he gambled and lost most of his earnings
in $3 - $6 stud games.
In 1985, Nguyen dealt in a No Limit Hold'em in tournament in Lake
Tahoe. He would work during the day and play cash games all night,
steadily building his bankroll up to $7,000. He returned to Vegas
with this money and quickly gambled it up to $1 million. Nguyen
then started winning between $50,000 and $100,000 a night at
Ceaser's Palace. Shortly after though, Nguyens new fortune allowed
his recreational drug use to turn into full-blown addictions, and
he soon went broke as a result.
Nguyen has completely blown his winnings more than once, and in
1998 Mike Mautsow helped Nguyen out with a third of the buy-in for
the World Series of Poker. Nguyen won the 1998 WSOP, and gave Mike
Matusow a third of his winnings.
Nguyen is a very emotional player, and has often been criticised
for his behaviour which has included drunkenness, swearing, and
scolding of other players.
As of 2010, Nguyen's live tournament winning amounted to more than
Interesting Fact: Very sadly, the day after Scotty Nguyen's
2008 WSOP win, his brother was hit by a car and killed in Vietnam.
For this reason Nguyen never wears his 2008 WSOP