Men The Master
Poker Player Bio:
lives his version of the American dream. He grew up in the harsh
environment of war torn Vietnam, and in 1977 he escaped from
the Communist country and eventually ended up making it to America
– Los Angeles, specifically. He didn’t start playing
poker until the mid-80s, and then only on a whim during a Las
Vegas junket with a friend. His first game was a $15/$30 table.
He lost big, took a week to learn the game and came back and
beat it. And that’s been his MO ever since.
Master does it his own way. He claims not to read the poker
books, and instead uses a strategy that he formulated on his
own. And it’s a very successful strategy as he is one
of the more consistent winners in the professional poker world.
In addition to playing well himself, he coaches a small band
of Vietnamese prodigies that affectionately refer to his as
“The Master”. The nickname stuck and he’s
known throughout the poker world as "Men The Master."
a vibrant personality at the tables, always talking it up and
usually with a Corona in his hand. As with most great players,
most of his focus is on what cards he’s up against. He’s
widely known for his uncanny ability to read other players cards.
Website: None known at this time.
on Men the Master on the Web:
Rosario networks with all the pro players, and
she takes notes. Make sure to check out the profile
she put together on Men the Master.
on Men the Master and his Vietnamese poker
cartel in LA Weekly.
with Men Nguyen on Pokerpages.com.
WSOP Championship Event – May 1996 – 4th - $195K
WSOP Limit Hold’em – Apr. 1995 – 1st - $186K
WSOP 7-Card Stud – Apr. 1995 – 1st - $179K
WSOP 7-Card Stud – Apr. 1992 – 1st - $121K
WSOP Omaha 8 or Better – Apr. 1996 – 1st - $110K
WSOP 7-Card Stud Split – Apr. 1995 – 1st - $96K
WSOP Ace to Five Triple Draw Lowball – 1st - $44K
at this time.