Poker Stories is a long-form audio podcast series that features casual interviews with some of the game’s best players and personalities. Each episode highlights a well-known member of the poker world and dives deep into their favorite tales both on and off the felt.
Scotty Nguyen has the ultimate poker success story. After escaping almost certain death in the Vietnam War and surviving almost a month stranded at sea, the teenager eventually found himself in the United States looking for a piece of the American dream. Always a hustler, it wasn’t long before Nguyen discovered poker, first paying bills as a dealer, and then trying his luck on “the other side of the table.”
An incredible two-week trip to Lake Tahoe saw his bankroll grow from $200 to nearly half a million, and by the end of the month, he had fleeced Las Vegas to get to the seven-figure mark. The fast-living ‘Prince of Poker’ didn’t hold on to the money, however, at least not at first. After a last-second satellite win, he managed to squeak into the 1998 WSOP main event, and ultimately took it down for $1 million. Along the way, he achieved poker immortality by uttering the now famous line, “If you call it’s gonna be all over, baby!”
The Poker Hall of Famer has five WSOP bracelets in total, including the 2008 $50,000 Poker Players Championship which he won for nearly $2 million, and a World Poker Tour title. With $12.7 million in total live tournament earnings, the 59-year-old is Vietnam’s all-time money list leader.
Highlights from this episode include fleeing Vietnam, being stranded at sea, hustling in Taiwan, escaping Illinois, stealing his high school diploma, the boss who chose his name, from busboy to poker dealer, winning a million in less than month, Stu Ungar’s motivation, appearing on Conan O’Brien, Bobby’s Room beats, an 80-hour session, and whether or not pregnant women are lucky.
Nguyen is set to release a brand-new poker training course soon, which you can learn more about by following him on Twitter TheScottyNguyen or Instagram ScottyNguyenBaby.
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