Scotty "The Prince of Poker" Nguyen, best known for ending virtually every sentence with the word "baby", has won one of poker's most coveted titles: The World Series of Poker's "H.O.R.S.E." event.
This is Scotty's 5th overall WSOP bracelet, and the second biggest title win for him behind his WSOP Main Event title in 1998. And the buy-in for the event--$50,000--means this tournament ain't for the faint of heart or weak of pocket book.
In many circles, the H.O.R.S.E. title is perhaps even more respected than the WSOP Main Event title because H.O.R.S.E. tests a player's overall poker skills in a combination of games on every orbit --Hold 'Em, Omaha, Razz and Stud and Eights or Better. For example: I'm on the button and the game is Hold 'Em, when the button comes back around to me the game changes to Omaha, and so on. Plus, all the games are "pot limit" games, which means there are no "all in" moves pre-flop (unless a player doesn't have enough to cover the blinds). This format also tests a player's endurance as the H.O.R.S.E. sessions can be, well, friggin' long as hell.
So, a big hearty and well-deserved congratulations to Scotty Nguyen on capturing such a prestigious title!
Blogging note: I was really hoping to blog more about this year's WSOP and comment/"report" on some of the key events, but work has blocked the WSOP site (why I don't know) and a newborn baby has made that a bit difficult. The Main Event will be coming up soon and I'll do my best to cover that.
On a personal poker playing note, I've made it my goal that when I turn 50, I'll celebrate by playing in the WSOP Main Event, as well as some of the other smaller buy-in events. Heck, if I can get the wife on board, maybe I'll even shoot for the $2000 NL Hold' Em event before that. (Hmm, I better get her that Cartier bracelet before I do that, huh?)