If you are looking for an extremely good, all-rounded poker player, the first man you should start with is Thuan Nguyen, known as “Scotty”. This player has everything needed for a successful career (and, believe me, his career is among the best of the best in the poker world), the crowd loves him and, what is also really important, Scotty is always self-confident (a tremendously valuable thing in poker).
This guy is really active at the table; as active as destructive hurricanes and tornadoes. You can hardly find a person, who would play at least as aggressively as Thuan does. His smart “all or nothing” moments are so perfectly combined with clever pieces of thinking and healthy risk, that not every player can stand up to Scotty’s pressure for fifteen minutes. Is it all clear now why this guy is considered to be one of the most successful players of the last decade and is among the highest “money-makers” in the world of poker? I guess it is…
“The Prince” (it’s just one of many his nicknames) has an extravagant look, he is very stylish and his “yeah, baby, yeah” phrases are driving fans crazy. Indeed, Scotty Nguyen looks as a strong personality and sometimes creates poker wonders, which are being written into the history. Here is the most popular example: when Scotty played against Kevin McBride in the final of a serious tournament and the final round’s board cards made a full house, The Prince told his opponent (this phrase is now considered one of the legendary quotes in poker): “You call this one and it's all over, baby”. Of course, Kevin called and… lost, because Scotty had a nine, which completed a higher full-house! That was a real masterpiece!
Here are some numbers from unofficial “slack” statistics: during the five-year period (2000-2004) Scotty took part in a huge number of tournaments and finished in money more than 100 times! It’s clear now why this guy is a real poker millionaire and his prize money are among the best results in the whole world (at the end on 2004 Scotty’s prize money were almost $4 million). Don’t forget to add 4 WSOP titles to this collection and you will get a portrait of the highly successful, intelligent and aggressive player.
All in all, this guy is confident, smart and keen on winning. His appetite for big titles is still growing more and more, that’s why I have no doubts that he will not only bewilder the crowd with new original “yeah, baby” hybrids, but with amazing wins and incredible games too. This Vietnamese Prince fully deserves it!