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Sunday, June 17th, 2007

Nguyen Can’t Win


Scott Nguyen, the Vietnamese-born poker pro whose last name is pronounced “win,” has done just that many a time at the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

Coming into this year’s competitions, he had won a total of four WSOP gold bracelets in his lifetime, emblematic of winning four different WSOP tournament events, including the 1998 WSOP main event.

Now a resident of Las Vegas, Nguyen and another Las Vegas resident, Eli Elezra, were the final two players remaining in the just-concluded 2007 WSOP Event #24, a $3,000 buy-in, seven-card stud, high-low, eight or better tournament that spanned three days, had 236 entrants and a total prize pool of $651,360.

A win by Nguyen would give him his fifth WSOP bracelet, and put him among the lifetime leaders in WSOP jewelry.

Unfortunately for him, it wasn’t to be–at least not yet.

Elezra took the win and Nguyen took the loss, and both won more money in three days than most Americans earn in a year.

For his victory, Elezra wins the gold bracelet and $198,984.

Runner-up Nguyen takes home $110,731.

Earlier, in WSOP Event #23, a $1,500 buy-in, pot-limit Omaha tournament with 576 participants and a total prize pool of $786,240, another former bracelet-winner named Scott was looking to add to his jewelry collection.

Unlike Scott Nguyen, however, Scott Clements was successful.

Clements, of Mt. Vernon, Wash., USA, won the Omaha tourney to cop his second career piece of WSOP hardware, along with the $194,206 top prize.

Finishing second was Eric Lynch of Olathe, Kan., USA, who collected $119,508.

At last year’s WSOP, Clements won gold in an Omaha high-low tournament.

CORRECTION: Incomplete information was provided to for the results of WSOP Event #22.

The information provided was correct at the time but was not final information.

The event, a $5,000 buy-in no-limit, Texas hold ‘em tournament with 640 entrants and a total prize pool of $3,012,700, was won by James Mackey of Pottsville, Ark., USA, not Dustin Dirksen.

Mackey earned $730,740 for the win.

The runner-rup was Stuart Fox of Birmingham, England, not John “Tex” Barch.

Fox earned $448,892.

In addition, poker pro T.J. Cloutier finished in 23rd place, not 15th.

Dirksen ended up 22nd and Barch ended up eighth.

(E-mail Tom Somach at [email protected])

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