Posts Tagged ‘WSOP’

‘WViking’ to represent Expekt in Vegas for the second year running

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Norwegian Magnus Skumsnes, known as WViking on the tables, is making a nice habit of representing Expekt Poker in Las Vegas.


Last summer he won a place in the “Scotty Boot Camp” and in the 2011 WSOP he will play both the main event and a side event as an Expekt player.


“It really feels like a dream come through, and make no mistake, I have ambitions on the poker tables in Vegas and am not just travelling as a tourist”, a delighted Magnus told Expekt Poker.


Expekt will have two players in the main event. Magnus will play in the a side event on 5th July ($1,500 NLHE) and the $10k main event starting on day 1D (10th July).


He won this package worth over $16,000 by finishing 2nd in our WSOP Warrior promotion showing great consistency by gaining 152 points. He has been an Expekt player since 2006. You can follow his progress right in an online diary.


The second representative will Lukas Soucek (Suk12) from the Czech Republic. He qualified via a Super Satellite on Expekt on 30th May winning a Main Event package worth $13,000.


He is also a longstanding Expekt player having played on the site since 2008 and will start the tournament on Day 1D.


Lukas told Expekt Poker:


“It feels really good to have won the prize because I really wanted to go to the WSOP this year. It is my first time to Vegas as well so I can’t wait to get underway. I have played in a number of small tournaments but this is my first experience of a big tournament,” he added.


Magnus will also play his first main event but not in Vegas thanks to the “Scotty Boot Camp”. This was a promotion where a number of players got the chance to meet Scotty Nguyen and learn the tricks of the trade from the Expekt ambassador before they played in a side event.


“The experience in Scotty Boot Camp was just amazing with the poker lessons from Scotty and the hospitality around it. So it feels quite amazing to go there again as an Expekt player and this time play the main event too.”


What will the tactics be?


“I will be patient and wait for my chances. I have ambitions and will not just be there as a tourist. I play around 30 hours a week online at Expekt and hope to bring some of what I have learned to the live poker scene now,” said Magnus.


Lukas is also counting down to the main event


He said: “I am looking to build and collect some good experience in Vegas which will hopefully help me in the future.”


“One of my big strengths is my ability to read other players but it will be very difficult at this tournament because there will be lots of pros hungry for success.”


Expekt’s Scotty Nguyen hunting his sixth WSOP bracelet

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Scotty Nguyen, playing for Expekt Poker in the WSOP, is in the race to grab his sixth bracelet being one of 22 remaining players in event 47.


- “It feels so good to finally not only make it in the money but to still be in it to win it baby!” Scotty tells Expekt Poker.


Scotty Nguyen won his latest of his five bracelets when he scooped the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship back in 2008. In event 47 this year, the Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better, Scotty Nguyen played a strong day 2 and is one of 22 remaining players ahead of day 3.


- “I started out today with 7,600 in chips and I finished the day with 134,500 baby. I look forward to play tomorrow. It feels so good!


- “The last several weeks I have played some good poker but luck has not been on my side.” Scotty is on 12th place in the chip count and is one of the most experienced players in the field.


- “I am in it to win it,” says Scotty with a smile.


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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!

Thoughts on the WPT Championship [Article]

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

[Scotty Nguyen, born October 28, 1962 in Nha Trang, Vietnam is a Vietnamese American professional poker player who is a five time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, most notably as the winner of the 1998 World Series of Poker Main Event and the 2008 WSOP $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship. This win also made him the first and currently only player to win both the WSOP Main Event and $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. events.]

For those that do not know, this was my second year in a row making a deep run in the World Poker Tour Championship at the Bellagio, finishing 6th place last year and now 8th place in this year’s event. I came into the event this year just knowing it would take a lot to throw me off my path of winning for my fans and family.

I’d like to tell you about my thought process in my elimination hand because it had many different elements to it: With blinds at 40,000-80,000, and a 10,000 ante, I raised from middle position to 260,000, and David Benyamine called from the big blind. We both checked to the turn on a board of Jh, 10d, 6d, 8h, David bet 350,000, I raised to 1,150,000, and David moved all-in. I called with 8-8 for a set of eights, but David showed 10-10 for a higher set, and I needed to catch the case eight on the river to stay alive. The last card was the 7d, and David won the pot with his set of tens to eliminate me from the tournament in 8th place.

Now the first factor to consider is that David called my raise from the big blind. Because he already has some money invested, David might be calling to defend his blind, to see a discounted flop with a variety of marginal hands, or he might have an actual hand like a pair or big cards. A call with a real hand here likely means he wants to control the pot as best he can out of position. Now when David checks on the Jh-10d-6d flop, I consider putting in a continuation bet, but I decided that a check would be better.

With so many draws out there, betting could only build up a bigger pot if he has anything, as he would have to re-raise to protect from the draws. I wanted to keep the pot small even if I had the best hand since my hand was vulnerable at this point, so I checked as well. Now that turn card, 8h, is gin for my hand as it gave me a set and didn’t complete the flush draw on board. The 8h did complete a straight on board, however David would’ve had to played gap cards like Q-9 or 7-9 out of position and I just didn’t put him on that type of hand.

When David bets into me on the turn, it can mean many things. David could’ve checked a hand like J-10 on the flop with the intent of check raising, expecting me to bet any overpair to protect against the flush draw. David could have pocket 9’s or 9-10 for a pair and draw, and decided that here is the time to find out if it is good or not.

David could also hold two diamonds and want to bet to decide the price of seeing the river, instead of checking and allowing me to bet and decide the stakes myself. Finally, David could have 6-6, 10-10, or J-J. I raised to $1.15 million here because I need David to know that he cannot draw cheaply, and I want him to pay if he has a flush or straight draw. David would have had less than $1.5 million behind if he calls. When David moves all in over the top of me, I thought for a couple minutes.

There are three problems with David moving in here – the board texture, my stack size and my image. Because the board texture is so draw heavy, it makes sense for David to try and push me off my hand here with a draw, which makes it hard for me to fold a strong hand like trip 8’s. David also knew that if he pushed all in, I would be put to a decision for my tournament life. If I call and lose, I am out, so he could be using this bet as a power play to make me fold an overpair, an A-J, or any hand that might be marginal in this spot.

Finally, I had been playing good, solid poker all day, and David could shove knowing that I would only call with an absolute monster hand. With less than $1.8 million to call and around $4.5 million already in the pot, I was getting better than 2-1 in this hand to call, and this, coupled with every other factor prompted me to call. As you can see, there were a lot of layers to this hand, and many factors that led me to ultimately calling.

It was unfortunate that the hand played out this way and I am disappointed as I am anytime I come so close.

However, I will be back next tournament playing harder than ever to improve on my finish in this tournament baby!

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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

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Örjan Kunosson Scotty's Boot Camp

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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.

Getting ready for Scotty’s Boot Camp in Vegas, baby! [Guest blogger]

Monday, May 24th, 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.]

I had some weeks to prepare for the trip to Las Vegas and Scotty’s Boot Camp and finally I am sitting in Stockholm and waiting for the flight to the US.

I must admit that it took a couple of days before I understood that I really had won this trip at and it is like a dream coming true in all aspects. I always dreamt of going to Las Vegas and play in a WSOP event, and to top it of with meeting the legendary Scotty Nguyen makes it a prize hard to beat.

I have high expectations to learn some high-skill poker tricks from Scotty and to meet other players from Europe will be just great.

Since I live in north Sweden I have a long trip to make and I better take the advice from Denise and Dan at Expekt and rest as much as possible before the flight and event. I guess it will be very hectic.

After all, we are in Vegas baby!

Örjan Kunosson, Scotty Boot Camp winner

Scotty's Boot Camp in Las Vegas