PokerNetwork continues to take a closer look at the men of the “November Nine” as we build up to the most eagerly-anticipated final table of the calendar year - the World Series of Poker Main Event!
Seat 9 – Soi Nguyen (Santa Ana, California, USA - 9,650,000 chips)
Living in California by the way of Vietnam, Soi Nguyen is not only the grandpa of the final table at 37 years of age, but also one of the least experienced as he heads into November with 9,650,000 in chips.
Unlike the majority of the November Nine that play poker on a fairly regular basis, Nguyen works as an operations manager of a medical supply company as his full time job. Consequently his run in the Main Event only comes in his fourth live tournament, with one previously already netting him one cash. However his success isn’t a fluke when you take a look at some of the players that taught him the game. JC Tran, Nam Le, Tuan Le, Chino Rheem and Steve Sung are considered by Nguyen to be some of his closest friends – and with the success they have had – it is no surprise that Nguyen’s first few steps into the poker world are ones of a potential star.
With quite a stretch between that final hand in July, to the first one in November, Nguyen will be focusing the majority of his time on poker, and believes that his highly skilled network of friends just may make the difference. Studying the game, running simulations and learning as much as possible about his opponents will be the forefront of his goals.
"After playing for 16 hours on the last day I was done. There was no way I could have taken another day of it. The break also gives a player like me a chance to study the game more,” stated Nguyen in an interview.
Day 7 saw Nguyen soar up the leaderboard after capturing a massive pot with just top-pair against one-time chip leader Theo Jorgensen’s flush draw. Known as an extremely aggressive player – a style that has proved to be successful in an event of this nature – Nguyen slowly slid down into the pack before reaching the November Nine second last in chips with twenty big-blinds.
As for his table position on his eight opponents, Nguyen couldn’t have asked for a better one as he has the short-stacked Jason Senti (7,625,000) on his left, and the next four short stacks above him on his right. However he isn’t too worried about how many chips he has, "This being my first WSOP I didn't expect to get this far . . . I just wanted to come for the experience. It's been one hell of a ride!"
With Nguyen’s view of making the November Nine a surreal one, he will be looking to chip up early and teach these kids to respect their elders as he looks to become the champion of the youngest final table in history. Nguyen’s thoughts? “I don't have that much experience, and I'm not a professional poker player . . . It can happen!”
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