Tommy Nguyen takes down WSOP Monster Stack for over $1 million
Tommy Nguyen has taken down the $1,500 NLHE Monster Stack of this year’s WSOP series. It was an impressive win, coming as he makes his first appearance at the WSOP this year. He outlasted a field of 2,246 players, bagging just over $1 million.
Following his win, the 28-year-old said, "I dreamed of this and I always believed I could make it. I never doubted that I was going to win. I was just focusing on winning a bracelet. That was my goal when I came here."
The final table action was tough, and featured a number of all-in tussles that included several A-K combinations. They all weren’t successful, but Nguyen scored his when it mattered the most. In the final hand of the game against James Carroll, Nguyen’s big slick held on against K-2 to propel him to the victory with an Ace-high win. Carroll was awarded $640,916 for his second-place finish.
Nguyen, who picked up $100,000 two months ago in a tournament in Canada, has been playing poker for about ten years, but only recently started pursuing the game more actively. He said after the event, "I was actually supposed to graduate this year but I dropped a course in accounting to take poker more seriously. I knew I wasn’t a winning player but I was stubborn. Just in the last two years, I started winning more. I tried to fix my game and started learning more."