Nguyen is one of the most active players in professional poker. From 2000 to 2004, he completed over 100 tournaments from the prize ranks. He won the main event at the World Series of Poker in 1998 and has won a total of 5 bracelets.
Nguyen says in the game regularly "baby " and " yeah baby " and is very emotional. He also coined the phrase " That's poker, baby" (That's poker, baby) for a miserable losing hand ( Bad Beat ). In the final hand of the main event of the World Series of Poker 1998 Full House ( 9-9-8-8-8 ) was dealt on the table. Nguyen said to his opponent Kevin McBride when he would call, would be all over ( original: You call, gonna be all over, baby ). McBride called, and the tournament was over, because Nguyen had a nine on the hand and thus with " Nines Full" the " Eights Full" by McBride suggested, who played the full house on the board. Nguyen was in April 2004 in the show Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
After he had reached several final tables on the World Poker Tour, Nguyen eventually won a tournament in January 2006, when he defeated Michael Mizrachi heads- up in the Gold Strike World Poker Open the fourth season.
In the main event at the World Series of Poker 2007 Nguyen reached the 11th place. This performance is from experts and connoisseurs of the poker industry therefore so extremely highly regarded, since the number of participants has increased dramatically in recent years.
Until the end of 2013, he won more than $ 11.7 million in tournaments.
At $ 50,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event 2008 Nguyen was able to defeat the only 23 -year-old Michael DeMichele heads up and was again to $ 1,989,120 - rich and the well- prestigious title at the WSOP.. Some criticism rained down anyway because Nguyen plenty drunk appeared to the final table and regularly insulted the other players as well as the service staff at the casino. Erick Lindgren, who retired Third Place, commented with " Can not beat the drunk today" (English: Can the drunk not beat today ).
Scotty Nguyen is now the only player at the WSOP, the two most prestigious tournaments, the $ 10,000 -. Main Event (1998) and the $ 50,000 -. Could HORSE event (2008) win.
In 2013 he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame after he was nominated four times previously, but not selected.