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Qui Nguyen Wins It All in the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event

39-Year-Old Amateur Steamrolls Final Table To Win $8 Million and the Championship Bracelet

by Erik Fast |  Published: Dec 07, 2016


For the first time since 2007, an amateur player has won the World Series of Poker $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event. Qui Nguyen, a 39-year-old former nail salon owner and baccarat player from Las Vegas, had only 13 live poker tournament cashes totaling less than $45,000 in earnings, to his name prior to making the 2016 November Nine. After outlasting a field of 6,737 players, he secured the title of poker’s 2016 World Champion, earning his first gold bracelet, and $8,005,310 for the win. “I’m so excited. I don’t know what to say. I just tried to remind myself to never give up, to never give up. It was tiring, it was tough, but I wanted to stay aggressive and never give up and thankfully for me it worked out,” gushed an exhausted Nguyen, just moments after emerging victorious. Here is a look back at how the final table of ...

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