From rags to riches, Qui Nguyen surprised the poker community in 2016 when he won the big one and proved that even a humble Vietnamese immigrant can beat poker’s elite. Taking home the whopping $8,005,310 WSOP Main Event prize, Qui decided to settle down, buy a house with a pool for his son and write a book “From Vietnam to Vegas!: How I won the World Series of Poker Main Event”.
Winning the WSOP Main Event
2001 was a big year for Qui, at 24 year-old he made the big move from native Vietnam to the USA. Two years later he would play his first game of Texas Hold ‘em and 13 years later he would win the Main Event. The victory was not only an accomplishment for Qui but also for the entire Vietnamese poker community; demonstrating that an amateur Vietnamese player can take down the biggest poker event in the world and stimulating the Vietnamese poker boom. Currently there are poker clubs open all over the country.
“From Vietnam to Vegas!: How I won the World Series of Poker Main Event”
In true commemoration to his successful Main Event run, Qui Nguyen decided to write a book detailing his thought processes on all his 176 key hands at the final table. Many professionals were perplexed by Qui’s unorthodox play style and believed he was playing erratically without sound poker theory. The book is a compelling read because it unravels the method to his madness, backed up by instinct and mathematics. The co-author, Steve Blay, founder of AdvancedPokerTraining.com, provides a deep mathematical explanation for all of Qui’s seemingly random plays.
The book concludes with a biography of Qui’s life from his early struggles in Vietnam to playing in Las Vegas.
The book “From Vietnam to Vegas!: How I won the World Series of Poker Main Event” is now available for purchase.
Somuchpoker also had the chance to interview Qui one year after his success and question him about his life since his victory.