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Men Nguyen Is the Master of the Legends of Poker

Nguyen Wins Two Events This Week

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Bicycle Casino's Legends of Poker is more than halfway over, and it’s time to take the temperature of the tourney to see just how well poker is going in California during this economic downturn that the president is calling a Wall Street hangover.

Entries are slightly down in some events and slightly up in others so far this year when compared to last year, and it started with the first event, a $300 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament. This year, there were 797 entrants, 136 entries less than the same kick-off event of the series last year. In 2006, the first event, a $200 no-limit hold’em contest, attracted 657 entrants.

The first $500 no-limit hold’em event this year, event No. 3, attracted 295 players, while the first $500 event last year, event No. 2, attracted 333. Both events took place on the weekends.

Men NguyenA Saturday $1,000 no-limit event, stuck right in the middle of the Legends of Poker schedule for both years, attracted 292 players. The same event last year attracted 287. This winner of this year’s event was Ishdeep Hazuria, who won $104,800.

Last year, a $2,500 event was scheduled within the first week of the series, but none were scheduled for this year. Last year’s event attracted 132 entrants and was won by Danny Wong, who took home $134,040.

Men “the Master” Nguyen has already won two Legends of Poker events. First he won Sunday's rebuy event, which was good for $67,500. Last year’s winner, Jerome Magnum, won $138,577.

Then, two days later, he won the $500 Omaha eight-or-better event for another $20,535. He already has cashed 21 times in 2008John Vorhaus makes the final table of LIPS ladies event for $713,167 and sits ninth on the Card Player Player of the Year leader board.

Other notable finishes at this year’s Legends of Poker include Barbara Enright, winning the $300 ladies event that attracted 101 entrants. Poker writer (and male) John Vorhaus finished seventh in that event. (The casinos are not allowed to turn away any paying customers in any of the events, including the ones branded for women.) The same event last year attracted 152 entrants.

The $10,000 World Poker Tour Legends of Poker championship event takes place Aug. 23-28. Last year, 485 players showed up to play in it. This year, we’ll have to wait and see.