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Scotty’s European Tour 2010 – Day 5 Helsinki

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Scotty Nguyen is in a, for him,  freezingly cold Helsinki and took the invited media, fans and players with storm at the bar Motellet on Friday evening.

- It is great to be in Finland and next time I come I hope to be here when it is warm and see the midnight sun baby, Scotty told the crowd. The lucky guests got signed t-shirts and some card tricks inbetween his two sit’n’go tournaments with customers, media and affiliates.

Before that Scotty did separate interviews for the three biggest poker media in Finland and took some very special images at the famous church at Senaten square which will be published in Pokerisivut, the biggest poker magazine in Finland.

- It is beautiful here, just hoping to get warmer weather next time, says Scotty with a smile.

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Scotty’s European Tour 2010 – Day 4 Warsaw

Friday, March 26th, 2010

It all happened in Riga for us, and when we boarded the flight to Helsinki this morning we had that small, kind of stupid, smile on our faces, and we just thought it was symbolic that we almost crashed a cleaning wagon with our suitcases in the narrow hallway with no bellboy in sight when we checked in at the Finnish capital. – See you Dan baby! Scotty shouted when he manouvred his and Julie’s suitcase through the door at Radisson Blu Plaza.

- Yeah, see you Osbournes, I yelled back, and then we laughed again. This after quite a magic night in Riga at Royal Casino during the Norwegian Championship. Scotty did more press, a glossy magazine and a TV interview, and he met Baltic players signing autographs and doing those card tricks that everybody loves.

You need to be two to tango so we set up a heads-up with Scotty and Norwegian poker legend Tor Has through the door at Radisson Blu Plaza. – Yeah, see you Osbournes, I yelled back, and then we laughed again. This after quite a magic night in Riga at Royal Casino during the Norwegian Championships.

Scotty did more press, a glossy magazine and a TV interview, and he met Baltic players signing autographs and doing those card tricks that everybody loves. You need to be two to tango so we set up a heads-up with Scotty and Norwegian poker legend Tor Hansen with all cameras flashing at the table. It all happened very quickly and after that, at midnight, Scotty did a live interview during the streaming from NM at They also recorded a interview which was interesting and is something to check out.

Sasha, the nice and hard-working owner of Royal Casino, had fixed a special treatment for Scotty and Julie in the form of a extremely talented magician so we saw some truly magic tricks before we headed to a nightclub for some more mingling. At this stage it was 2.00 in the morning and Julie said I was starting to look Chinese – her expression for a person with smaller and smaller eyes when they get tired. When you travel so much and spend so much time together you get a bit relaxed in the tone and we bursted into laughter when I said that it must be easier to follow the Osbournes than the Nguyens. I told Julie that they should do a reality TV show but she turned it down.

At 3am we hit the sack after sending a number of crazy text messages to each other and now we are in Helsinki. Time flies and it is time to head down to the reception for more press interviews. We will see what happens over here. Scotty is swearing over a broken TV with no Eurosport in his room and started to watch ESPN on the laptop, and before that their shower almost flooded the bathroom. All this within 30 min after checking in. It seems to be an eventful evening again. Travelling with the Nguyen’s. You can’t beat that.

See you, baby!

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Late nights at the Norwegian Championship in Riga

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Hi everyone! Yesterday was without a doubt the heaviest night of the Norwegian Championship 2010!

Day 1B was long and had a start field of over 400, making the tournament hall absolutely packed! Our Terje started out with the leader jersey and we will get the chip count later on today to find out who is on top.

Scotty was definitely on top last night when he decided to play a heads up with Thor Hansen, WSOP winner. Being the bigger man he let Thor take this one home… the guys enjoyed their game with a couple of beers and kept it on playful level this time. But we are hoping for a rematch soon.

After a good time at Bellagio in the casino we moved to the best night club around in Riga with over 30 players and showed them how we enjoy ourselves expekt style. We had one of our big Latvian players, bratPARTYPANA who is right now on 6th place in our Scotty Boot Camp. Lets all cross our fingers that he gets a seat to our WSOP event! Hans Ari Varsi, Omaha winner had to celebrate with champagne and I have a feeling everyone might just be a bit tired today when ME day 2 starts at 2 pm. I will keep you posted!

Celebrating Hans Ari’s big win with a glass of champagne.

Scotty and Thor is getting ready for the heads up.

Expekt FC survived a second-half storm to beat Mita FC and climb to the third place of the Pentasia League table

Friday, March 26th, 2010

In-form striker Richard Sheridan put the champions ahead on eight minutes after Markus Klintborg’s left-foot shot/pass. Torben Vedstesen showed some nice skills in the 13th minute before he sat up Andreas ‘Taco’ Lilja who could double the lead from close range.

Mita FC played very well and had plenty of chances in the first half – they even hit the frame no less than four times before the interval. Mita changed their tactics in the second half, and it took them only two minutes into the half before they had pulled one back. Expekt looked unorganized all over the pitch in the first 5-6 minutes of the half, and Mita got plenty of chances to equalize.

The league holders could, however, make it 3-1 in the 30th minute after a risky 4-man counter-attack. Andreas Lilja made his second on the night with a beautiful shot in the near top corner. Mita continued to push forward and were very close to a second goal on a numerous of occasions, but keeper Niklas Joelsson made a couple of good saves in the end. Matthew Vassallo could settle the score to 4-1 in the last minute of the match when he scored with a cheeky back-heal in front on goal.

This was Expekt’s fifth consecutive league victory and their seventh win in their last nine matches – an impressive record, after a poor start of the season. It’s only three league matches left before the playoff and if it stands like this, Expekt FC will play their business partners BetClic in the Round of 16.

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Glenn Strömberg om helgens stormatch Roma v Inter

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Glenn Strömberg är med på telefon direkt från Bergamo i Italien för Inside Expekt som denna veckan kollar närmare på helgens Italienska stormatch Roma v Inter.

Scotty’s European tour 2010 – Day 3 Riga

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

We went to Riga in a propeller aircraft and Scotty Nguyen napped while his charming wife Julie prepared for the flight telling me an intriguing story from her childhood: – My grandpa was a pilot in World War II, and when I was about ten he took me on a flight with his Cessna. When we flew over a sea grandpa turned off all the engines and we started to fall. I screamed and screamed, but after a while the engines started and grandpa calmly told me that he just wanted to check that the systems were working. When we were going to land I got even more pale and screamed again when grandpa steered away from the landing field towards the grass. But we landed safely and once again grandpa told me calmly that it is much smoother to land on grass. I guess you have a different view on flying when you have been a pilot in war, Julie told me with a smile.

This flight was with a Beechcraft, top aircraft that, so we landed nice in Riga, the capital of Latvia that has been invaded by 700 Norwegians who will play in the Norwegian Championships. NM is a mega-event and was earlier played in Nottingham. Now the numbers of participants have really hit the roof and I hope we will se some players at the final table. It will be a battle.

Scotty took over the show a bit in the casino greeting players, and later in the evening he showed some card tricks that made our Norwegian friends smile and gasp. My own Scotty trick favorite is the one when he lights a paper and shows which card has been picked earlier simply with the ashes being rubbed into his arm showing the card symbols. Scotty tells me that he likes to sit with a deck of cards when he is bored at home and invent new tricks. He is that kind of guy.

Scotty will meet more media today and will do an interview in national Latvian TV. I hope they have a long spot planned. The interview that Bluff did with Scotty last year is growing into a legend. They asked one (1) question. It was: “Why did you start to play poker, Scotty?” After that Scotty talked on for a couple of hours, and Bluff needed to do the piece with him over two issues.

There is only Scotty.

Scotty Nguyen signing t-shirt

Scotty’s magic tricks, Xbox heads up and drinks at the Bellagio

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Last night was the real start of a week full of festivities. At 10 pm players only were invited to the VIP area in the Bellagio bar here at the Royal Casino for a personal meet and greet with Scotty.

I never had the fortune to see his famous card tricks, and it didn’t take much convincing for the Prince of Poker to get the deck of cards up. We had some pretty impressed players, staying behind late trying to figure out the secrets.

I didn’t get a heads up with our Omaha winner, but I did get a one to one football match on the Xbox. The game ended 4-0 (me being the loser) but at least I got to know I’m a good player… for a girl..

We are waiting for the chip count of day 1A, but we definitely have some expekt players going strong. With over 700 players it’s not easy to keep track of them and to make sure we know who the strongest player is we have a “leader jersey” for the strongest player, just like in the major bicycling races.

Terje Hansen will start of with the jersey, not so much cause he is the leader, more than a fun guy.

Pic 1. Terje Hansen is showing off in the Leader Jersey

Pic 2. Scotty and Julie are enjoying themselves at Bellagio

Halfway through day 1A in the Norwegian Championship

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

The first hours of the Main Event passed and we can already conclude that NM 2010 is a success! Last year approximately 450 players registered to the Main Event, this year we have over 700 players registered and 800 Vikings have taken over Riga! Amongst these crazy Norwegians we have one person sticking out from the crowd. Scotty has landed in the suite! With a golf course on the terrace and an Xbox tournament going on the Prince is definitely satisfied.

Scotty is telling us why he started playing poker and which players had him star struck, mainly that was Doyle Brunson and Stu Ungar who gave him the inspiration and desire to be someone and mainly to be successful. But he also speaks about how important the trip to the US was for him, most of his friends and family had to join the army at a young age and some of them didn’t come back.

Day 1 of the Main Event will go on until midnight and at ten we are looking forward to seeing Scotty host an evening here at the casino for all our Norwegian players which will last long into the night.