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Scotty wins again

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Scotty Nguyen is back on the winning track after victory in the Five-Star World Poker Classic tournament in Las Vegas. The former World Champion Scotty, ambassador for the poker site, won the No-Limit Hold’em $1,000 buy-in, cashing $42,522.


“It feels so good to be in the winning circle again. I play my game and had fun doing it. Next thing I know I’m heads-up, then it’s all over baby”, Scotty told after his triumph at Bellagio in Las Vegas.


The ambassador has cashed a massive $11,397,858 during his long career in live tournaments and this was his 47th title. Scotty Nguyen is one of the most charismatic and recognizable pros on the global poker circuit and won the WSOP main event 1998 and the 2008 $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, dubbed the Players Championship.



WSOP 2010, Scotty Nguyen: I´m kickin’ ass, baby

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Scotty Nguyen stormed through the field on day 4 of the WSOP Main Event.

- I’m kickin’ ass, baby, this is my year, Scotty told after today’s play in Las Vegas.

The world champion and ambassador started the day with just over 47,000 in chips, but ended on 632,000 after twelve hours of poker drama at Rio Hotel. Scotty tells on the phone from Las Vegas:

- The turning point came when I was all in preflop with pocket kings and doubled up to 75,000 in chips. It just all worked for me today. I had QQ a few times and they hold up, as well as some key KK and AA. I feel very good heading into day 5, baby!

Scotty is among 595 players remaining after 1,203 players headed into day 4. In total 7,319 players started in this year’s Main Event competing about a massive $68,798,600, where the last nine clashes in the final table in London in November.

- I aim to be there, baby, Scotty says.

Looking at Scotty’s performance on day 4 he is a player to watch for any competitor going forward. He has almost double the average stack and he knows what it takes after his world championship title back in 1998 and his 11th place in the same main event in 2007.

Scotty Nguyen steps into the WSOP main event today – My strategy is simple: to win it baby!

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Scotty Nguyen, who won the main event title in 1998 and the $50,000 HORSE World Championship in 2008, had a hectic May when he welcomed the winners in Scotty’s Boot Camp in Las Vegas.

- It was great to meet the winners from and talk poker and have some fun time showing them my hometown. I hope to make them proud during the main event.

Scotty also nearly made the final table of the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing in 11th place out of a field of 6,358 and earning $476,926. He is as always one of the favorites ahead of the long and challenging main event.

Will you do anything different compared to last year’s?

- Nothing different baby! Just play my game baby!

Is the main event the big goal for you this year?

- Of course baby! Every year it is baby!

How would you look back at the year so far, in terms of result?

- So far a decent year baby! I also work for better baby!

How do you look back at the WSOP so far for you own sake in terms of result and play?

- I played good, but ran into a lot of bad luck baby! That’s poker baby!

How do you use your own success earlier in the main event at the table?

-  It is always good to have that in the back-pocket baby!

Scotty’s Boot Camp in Las Vegas 2010 [Video]

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Thanks to everyone qualifying and participating in Scotty’s Boot Camp 2010. Together with Scotty and our 10 winner we had some wonderful days in Vegas with poker, party, bowling and a lot of laughs! Hope we can make it next year again “baby”!

Final day of Scotty’s Boot Camp, Tournaments, dinner and clubbing till 5 am!

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

After the long day of lessons yesterday we felt that our Scotty’s Boot Camp players needed a treat so we took them to one of the gourmet restaurants at the Venetian and then the renowned Lavo club at the Palazzo. It was a night to remember with a flow of bright drinks, great music, a lot of dancing and an occasional real live superman (true story) flying across the room with a bottle of champagne.

Let’s just say it’s a different kind of night club than what I am used to in Malta, and judging by the players faces, their countries too. When we left about 4 players at palazzo at 3 am I thought there’s a good chance they’ll miss this morning brunch and last day of the Scotty’s boot camp but amazingly enough they all arrived (maybe not on time.. ) and were eager to sit down and play Scotty who had a bounty on his head as did the instructor Alex.

The tournament brought many laughs at all kinds of situations. One of these was when Juzzu from Finland got a cramp in his leg conveniently at big blind and couldn’t move to the dealer’s frustration only to one hand later fold AK pre- flop. Scotty was wondering if he hadn’t listened at his lessons?! The players were fighting for an exclusive Word Series of Poker leather jacket signed by Scotty and the “lucky” winner in the end was Georgios from Greece.

The time came to say good bye from our end as we make our way back to Malta tomorrow. I assured my players that I’m way tired of them and would ignore there constant phone calls and text messages, but truth is.. I will miss them! On Saturday they enter the $1,000 #3 event and I will be sitting crossing my fingers all day that they make it through day 1 and show everyone what players are made off!

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Scotty’s Boot Camp: This was one of the best days in my life! [Guest blogger]

Friday, May 28th, 2010

[Örjan Knutsson from Sweden won a full $10,000 Scotty’s Boot Camp package going to Las Vegas with Scotty Nguyen and playing in the WSOP. Scotty’s Boot Camp is being held in Las Vegas between 25-27th May.]

It was poker from morning until night on Wednesday and I picked up so much from Scotty and the instructor Alex. We started with chip stacks relevant to WSOP events and did a few hours of poker hands with a WSOP event profile. We analyzed hand selections, bet analyze, raise and re-raise, patterns, situational plays and reading hand quality at the table. Scotty gave us tournament strategy and filled in with tips all the time and special anecdotes from his long career.

The video session after lunch was great. Scotty showed situations from his most famous tournaments where he put in some tricks and overall view on choices. We got scenario based training with decisions and pre-flop and stack analyzes. It was very hands-on and we sat there all day like students eager to learn more.

We got specific situations to solve at the table and in the afternoon we were so filled with poker impressions that we needed a four hour siesta before we headed to the dinner and then a nightclub where we partyed till the early hours. This was one of the best days in my life!

Autograph Scotty Nguyen

(Image: Poker magazine)

Örjan Kunosson Scotty's Boot Camp

(Image: Poker magazine)

View all the latest images from Scotty’s Boot Camp on flickr.

Scotty’s Boot Camp, getting ready for the WSOP with poker lessons from the pro

Friday, May 28th, 2010

This was some heavy in depth poker lessons today. Starting off with Alex as our star instructor, teacher of the bracelet winners showing the Scotty Boot Camp players pre flop, bet size and pot size strategy with Scotty helping the players to get their play to a top notch level.

Moving on to some analysis off Scotty’s most famous hands such as the winning hand in 2008 WSOP Main Event, letting our Scotty’s Boot Camp participants give their opinion; how would they have played it? What did the players round the table do wrong? And who is showing the most obvious tells?

Today has been a most highly valuable day for our winners, mainly cause Scotty is preparing them hard core style for the #3 WSOP event starting on Saturday! No matter how talented and experienced our players are, they will shiver at the thought of sitting down at a table of the most prestigious tour in the world.

This is Vegas, this is where the legends of poker meet and its all new for our Scotty “Boot Campers”! But thanks to these last days they are more prepared than ever and Scotty will be proud to let them loose at Rio.

Jan from Czech republic is 22 years old and studies agriculture and is pretty amazed at finding himself at a one to one lesson with the Prince of Poker. He says he values the new knowledge of keeping focused on the pot at all times when playing live, even if you’re not in the hand, while Maris from Latvia who is doing his BA in law (!) Says he wants Scotty to teach him how to hide his tells before the event start.

The ten winners are all different people on different levels of poker but after this Scotty’s Boot Camp we know they have a shot in the WSOP event! What I know is, that after this day we definitely need to sit down for a nice dinner and then move on to the Las Vegas luxury night club that we put our sights on! Stay tuned for tomorrow when we will play a final tournament here at the Venetian and put the winners new knowledge to the test and don’t forget to check all the latest images from Scotty’s Boot Camp on flikr.

Örjan Kunosson graduating from Scotty’s Boot Camp in Las Vegas [Guest blogger]

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

[Örjan Knutsson from Sweden won a full $10,000 Scotty’s Boot Camp package going to Las Vegas with Scotty Nguyen and playing in the WSOP. Scotty’s Boot Camp is being held in Las Vegas between 25-27th May.]

When I stepped into the Hummer limo outside The Venetian I at last realized that this dream was for real. It was an amazing feeling to cruise in Vegas and meet all the other winners and it was obvious that all of us were a bit gobsmacked when we sat in this huge special limo sipping on a beer.

Scotty greeted us at a bowling parlour where we had a VIP section and plenty of food and drinks. We laughed a lot as we tried and do those strikes and Scotty finished it off with showing some card tricks. Now we are waiting for the poker action to start and it will be an experience to remember for my whole life.

Scotty is so cool and relaxed hanging around with and I hope that we get a great day and night!

Örjan Kunosson Scotty Boot Camp

(Image: Poker magazine)