Scotty Nguyen rides LAPC H.O.R.S.E. to victory

Scotty Nguyen

Scotty Nguyen proved this week he's no one-trick pony as he picked up another H.O.R.S.E. event win, this time at the L.A. Poker Classic.

The LAPC, taking place at the Commerce Casino, upped its game this year with two additional $10,000 buy-in events along with the World Poker Tour main event. One of those events was a H.O.R.S.E. championship.

The event drew 96 players, including some of the top pros in the game.

Howard Lederer, Erik Seidel, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Annie Duke, Barry Greenstein, Men Nguyen, John Cernuto, Allen Cunningham, Layne Flack, Mike Matusow, Gavin Smith, Eli Elezra, Allen Kessler, Jennifer Harman, Cyndy Violette and others were on hand to play.

After the first day of this three-day event, only 26 players had busted out. The second day of play left 16 players in the hunt, and on the third day the final table at last came down to Amnon Filippi, Bob Golick, Matt Graham, Jeff Madsen, John Monnette and Scotty Nguyen.

In the end they played down to heads-up between Nguyen, the reigning World Series of Poker $50k H.O.R.S.E. champion, and Rheem, who is also coming off a seventh-place finish in the WSOP Main Event.

This time around the H.O.R.S.E. champion trumped the Main Event final tablist for the win.

"Before I came down to play this tournament, I told myself 'I'm going to dominate,'" Nguyen said after the event.

"This was a good field to play against. But the win here and at the WSOP has got to make people consider me number one in H.O.R.S.E. And to win this major event before heading into the L.A. Poker Classic No-Limit Hold'em Championship - it motivates me, brings my game up and gives me nothing but confidence, baby!"

The final-table results were:

Place Name Prize
1st Scotty Nguyen $340,993
2nd David Rheem $182,477
3rd Jeff Madsen $122,573
4th Chris Tsiprailidis $86,630
5th Matt Graham $66,355
6th Bob Golick $52,531
7th Amnon Filippi $40,550
8th John Monnette $29,491

The second of the $10,000 championship events is a Heads-Up Championship that started Wednesday. It is scheduled to find a winner today, just in time for the start of the WPT Main Event to start on Saturday.

"We felt the addition of two big-money events this year adds to the prestige of the L.A. Poker Classic and attracts top players from around the globe to Commerce Casino," said Matt Savage, the new LAPC tournament director.

"From the list of pros that came out for the H.O.R.S.E. event, I think we made the right move including this tournament in the LAPC lineup."

The added $10k championship events may have the same level of buy-in as the WPT main event, but the main event is still the shining star of the LAPC.

Last year 665 poker players showed up to play in the WPT event. The caliber of players was high, with the final table consisting of Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Quinn Do, Nam Le, Theo Tran, Charles Moore, Weikai Chang and Jeff Schwimmer.

Ivey finally pulled out the win to earn his first WPT victory and a $1,596,100 paycheck.

The main event will start the first of its six-day run on Saturday at noon as poker players jockey for position to become the next WPT champion.

To check out all the action and see if your favorite players are at the felt, bookmark the live updates PokerListings will be bringing from the Commerce throughout the main event.


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