Qui Nguyen wins World Series of Poker, takes home $8 million prize

Associated Press
Wednesday November 2nd, 2016

Former nail salon owner and failed professional baccarat player Qui Nguyen has won the World Series of Poker Main Event after the longest heads-up matchup in tournament history.

The 39-year-old in a raccoon baseball cap took the top prize of $8,005,310 and the gold bracelet on Tuesday night in Las Vegas. He eliminated San Francisco poker pro Gordon Vayo on the 364th hand of the final table.

Nguyen was dealt a king and 10 of clubs. Vayo was down to 53 million chips with a jack and 10 of spades.

The first three community cards came out and among them was a king to pair up Nguyen. Two blanks followed and Nguyen was the winner - 19 hours of play after the final began on Sunday night.

The native of Vietnam emerged from a field of 6,737 in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold `Em Main Event, the final and most prestigious in a series of 69 World Series of Poker tournaments.

Vayo earned $4,661,228.

Earlier Tuesday, Cliff Josephy was eliminated in third place.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.