. Nguyen also was awarded a World Series bracelet, plus $96,000, for his victory in the $2,500 buy-in limit Seven-Card Stud, High-Low Split Eight-or-Better event held May 4. To date, he is the only player who has won two competitions in this year's tournament.
. "I'm so happy to collect my third World Series title," Nguyen said. "Now my goal is to catch up with Phil Hellmuth and Ted Forrest and win three tournaments in one year. I'm hoping to win the championship event."
. One of the top tournament players in the world, Nguyen has to his credit not only three World Series titles, but also titles from the Hall of Fame Poker Classic, the Queens Poker Classic, the L.A. Poker Classic, and the Diamond Jim Brady Poker Tournament. Formerly the owner of a laundry and a furniture store in Los Angeles, Nguyen sold both businesses in 1988 to pursue poker as a full-time profession. He was introduced to Five-Card Stud many years ago in his native Vietnam and has played a variety of poker games ever since.
. Nguyen came to the final table as the chip leader and promptly proceeded to mow down the opposition. By the time heads-up play began, he had more than a 4-to-1 advantage over runner-up Carl McKelvey, and the end was nigh. The decisive hand came down when McKelvey raised before the flop with A-K, Nguyen reraised with K-10, and McKelvey called all in. The flop came K-6-4, giving McKelvey the lead with his ace kicker, and a nine on the turn improved his chances. But Lady Luck was with "The Master," bringing Nguyen a ten on the river to claim the $50,000 pot and his third WSP title.
. For his second-place finish in the limit Hold'em event, McKelvey received $93,000. A 52-year-old professional player from Victoria, Texas, he holds titles from the Hall of Fame, the Diamond Jim Brady, and the Stairway to the Stars poker tournaments.
. Finishing in third place for $46,500 was Walter Threadgill, a 66-year-old recreational poker player from Gainesville, Texas. Retired from the oil business, Threadgill has cashed in several previous World Series tournaments and holds a title from the Queens Poker Classic. He has been a poker player for 50 years.
. Threadgill was eliminated from the Hold'em competition when he called all in before the flop with A-Q against Nguyen, who had raised with pocket deuces. The final board showed 8-8-4-10-5, and Nguyen took down the pot with eights up.
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