WSOP Diary Day 22: Anh Van Nguyen, remember the name

wsop2010_thn.jpgTeam PokerStars Pro has grown considerably in the last year or so. Of course, there are some of the best-known players in the world on the roster, but also some names you may not be that familiar with... yet. Several of our newer signings have remained under the radar while they built their careers but are now becoming a force to be reckoned with.

Canada's Pat Pezzin is one, having cashed multiple times in this year's WSOP already. Now you can add his fellow countryman Anh Van Nguyen to new Team PokerStars Pros taking center stage. Nguyen narrowly missed out on his first WSOP final table last night, busting in tenth place of the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship for $32,614.

While that's a decent payday, it's by no means the biggest of a poker career that stretches way back to 2001. Originally from Vietnam, Nguyen moved to Canada aged 10 and is currently based in Toronto. Like many successful players before him, he started out as a dealer before becoming a full-time player and now has more than $1million in tournament winnings. The juciest payout to date came when he took home $303,320 for winning a $1,500 side event at the Five Star World Poker Classic here in Las Vegas in 2007.


Anh Van Nguyen

Yesterday was actually his tenth-ever cash at the WSOP. He's had two deep runs in the Main Event, coming 106th last year for $40,288, and 46th in 2004 for $45,000 - the year Team PokerStars Pro Greg Raymer won it.

Nguyen likes to get things quietly. Away from poker he enjoys chilling with friends, watching sport and exercising at the gym. But what he digs most of all is spending time at home with his wife and kid. If he keeps chalking up results like yesterday, he'll have less time to do that.

With the final table in sight, he was unfortunate to bust in tenth. The board read Q♠6♥5♣2♥, Nguyen bet and Jameson Painter called. The river was A♥, Painter checked and Nguyen bet. After a dramatic pause, Painter raised it up. Nguyen sighed and tossed in his remaining 34,000, showing A♦Q♦ for top two pair, but Painter had rivered the nut flush with K♥[10h]. Congratulations on the deep run.


Pat Pezzin

Team PokerStars Pro had a big presence in day two of the $1,500 HORSE event. Lex Veldhuis, known for his aggressive No Limit play, showed there is more to his game and cashed for $5,779 after busting in 25th place, the last player to depart last night. There were earlier cashes for Pezzin ($4,929), Jason Mercier ($4,281) and Team PokerStars Online's George Lind ($3,778).


Lex Veldhuis


Jason Mercier

But we still have one horse in the HORSE. Step forward Austrian Team PokerStars Pro Johannes Steindl, who sits in 20th place with 79,500 chips. That's a little way behind overnight chip leader Konstantin Puchko on 465,000.


Johannes Steindl

Day two of the $1,500 No Limit event concluded with three cashes for PokerStars. Friend of PokerStars Pierre Neuville made it all the way to 42nd of the 2,394 field, cashing for $11,150. He's now got well over $700,000 in career tournament winnings, and this was his biggest WSOP cash so far. Also making the money in this one were Team PokerStars Pros Pieter de Korver ($2,908) and Martin Hruby ($2,908).

The other big event yesterday was the start of the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max. Among the 568 field were a decent smattering of Team PokerStars Pros. Only 116 players made it through the day, with Chad Brown sitting in 24th (101,400), George Danzer (57,700) and another Canadian Team Pro Darus Suharto (47,800). Overnight chip leader is Christian Harder on 258,700.


Chad Brown

Meanwhile, 482 registered for the $2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em/Omaha, with 126 bagging up at the end of the night. Among them, Team PokerStars Pros Victor Ramdin (48,200) and Michael Keiner (10,600), and Friend of PokerStars Bill Chen (11,500).

As well as the re-starts, today sees the beginning of the $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold'em Championship, for players aged 50 and above, and the much-anticipated $10,000 Heads up No Limit Hold'em Championship, a favorite for John Duthie, who finished second in this one last year for $386,636.

Good luck to all our players today.

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Tweets of the Day
@MarcelLuske: sometimes you want but yr not & then again sometimes you dont want but you do, sometimes you dont expect & the unexpected happen,, {; GL (I've no idea what he's on about either)

@FossilMan (Greg Raymer): Got 11,000 all-in with wrap straight draw and two backdoor flush draws. Lost to top pair. :-(

@RealKidPoker (Daniel Negreanu): Sick beat to go broke. Flop A 10 9 I have AA99 vs A9J5. Turn Q river 8. Whatever. Nap time until the 5pm NLH heads up event

@VictoriaCoren: An Italian journalist is coming round to interview me so I've put on a fashionable dress. Sometimes I really despise myself.

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Thought of the Day
(Partizan soccer alert)

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Previous WSOP Diary entries
WSOP Diary: Love to hate Phil Hellmuth? You gotta see this
WSOP Diary: Classic rub down for Daniel Negreanu
WSOP Diary: Maria Mayrinck, something in the water
WSOP Diary: Who needs a rest anyway?
WSOP Diary: An apology
WSOP Diary: George Danzer just misses first bracelet for PokerStars
WSOP Diary: Negreanu, Danzer eye $10K Lowball bracelet
WSOP Diary: Hold me, darling - this is going to be BIG
WSOP Diary: Why Peter Eastgate is missing from the World Series
WSOP Diary: Ville Wahlbeck joins Team PokerStars Pro
WSOP Diary: Durrr misses biggest-ever poker payday, pros overjoyed
WSOP Diary: Poker's clean-up operation begins again
WSOP Diary: Manchester United soccer star Darren Fletcher tackles World Series of Poker
WSOP Diary: $10,000 Stud Championsip draws big names
WSOP Diary: Nh, gg, wp Daniel Negreanu, k?
WSOP Diary: Grinding out $1.5million with perfect timing
WSOP Diary: Team Pro Maridu needs Baker, Baker needs dough
WSOP Diary: Viva la revolution in Las Vegas
WSOP Diary: Safari, so good for Noah Boeken
WSOP Diary: Barry Greenstein mixes it up in the $50K
WSOP Diary: Going supersize in Las Vegas