On June 30th, 2008, poker pro Scotty Nguyen won around $2 million at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Nevada, edging out 148 players and triumphing from a final table showdown with his 5th WSOP gold bracelet. Nguyen edge out twenty-three year old Michael DeMichele in H.O.R.S.E., a rotating poker game event that cost around $50,000 to participate in. The different games and limited wagering structure reward all around game play and is said to reward the top poker players over the long run. Together with the WSOP main event, a lot of poker players consider the H.O.R.S.E. event as one of the most important poker event in the WSOP.
The 45 year-old Scotty Nguyen, who won $1 million at the series main poker event in 1998 commented that he is hoping that he can win this year's main event to complete his run this year. Scotty Nguyen won the final card hand at limit Holdem, edging DeMichele with an ace card and a ten card. H.O.R.S.E, which means Hold'em, Omaha, Razz, Stud and Eight or Better, test the skills of the player more compared with the No Limit Hold'em game, which is a popular variation of poker.
The H.O.R.S.E. event is played with wagering limits, which mean that the all-in option was removed in order for players to have the opportunity to showcase their skill. Nguyen started the final event with the second biggest chip stack among a talented player field including poker professionals Erick Lindgren, Barry Greenstein and Huck Seed.
Nguyen eliminated Erick Lindgren with his pair of nine cards against Lindgren's pair of eight cards. Nguyen and DeMichele fought it out in the heads-up showdown, with Nguyen emerging triumphant with his chip stack.
07/17/2008 03:55 PM