WSOP All-Time Bracelet Winners, Men Nguyen / 2008 Poker Tournament Guide

Men Nguyen is one of those rare breeds who manages success with inordinate generosity of spirit and this is why he is undeniably one of the most popular and charismatic players on the circuit. He is also one of the more accomplished tournament players on the circuit and in the 2008 season alone he has already clinched five titles.

The list of honours for Nguyen goes on and on and to date he has contested twenty WSOP final tables, has won over seventy five tournaments, has finished in the cash over 120 times and is the proud owner of six WSOP bracelets – not bad for a man who had to flee the communist regime in Vietnam and only started playing poker quite by chance!

Men the Altruist

Nguyen’s biggest attribute is not his own poker prowess but the fact that he is prepared to share his experience and knowledge with poker rookies. He is possibly the most admired tutor of the modern game and is said to have trained more tourney winners than anyone else in the fraternity. This propensity to share his wisdom has earned him the title “Men the Master”

He is also charitable in other ways – although he became a fully-fledged citizen of the United States in the mid-1980’s he has never turned his back on his country of origin and has, over the years, given generously to various charities in Vietnam. Overall, he is really just a very nice guy.

Nguyen has also done reasonably well on the World Poker Tour – he has reached 5 final tables and has been in the money eight times. Other events that he has dominated over the years include the Legends of Poker, where he has won at least one title in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005; and the World Poker Challenge where, in 2003, he won all three titles. To date ‘the Master’ has earned over $8.6 million in prize money alone, not to mention the percentage he gleans every time one of his students wins!

Nguyen’s WSOP Titles

  1. 1992 – $1500 Seven Card Stud – $120 600
  2. 1995 – $2500 Seven Card Stud Split – $96 000
  3. 1995 – $2500 Limit Holdem – $110 000
  4. 1996 – $2500 Omaha 8 or Better – $110 000
  5. 2003 – $5000 Seven Card Stud – $178 560
  6. 2003 – $1500 Ace to Five Triple Draw Lowball – $43 520