The 34th Annual World Series of Poker would be most notably known for the 2003 WSOP Main Event. It attracted 839 entrants and crowned a winner from Tennessee named Chris Moneymaker that would ignite the poker boom.
Moneymaker’s win launched the WSOP Main Event into a new hemisphere of notoriety as players began flocking to the WSOP for the next few years hoping to become the next Moneymaker. During the 2003 WSOP Main Event, some of poker’s most iconic moments were born. One of those was a hand that played out on Day 3 with everyone in the money.
In this PokerGO video, the action folds to Scotty Nguyen of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the cutoff who raises to 12,000 holding eight-three offsuit. Humberto Brenes of San Jose, Costa Rica, motions a reraise and makes it 52,000 total on the button with ace-ten.
“This is going to be the greatest move I’ve ever made,” Nguyen announces as he four-bets to 152,000 total.
A now standing Brenes removes his visor and sunglasses as he continues to consider his options. Nguyen stands as well as the entire table watches on.
“You can’t call,” Nguyen says. “Too much for you. 100,000? That’s too much for you.”
Brenes eventually elects to fold, and Nguyen shows his hand to the crowd and says, “I bet 100,000 with this hand, baby.”
As Nguyen collects the pot, he adds, “That’s no-limit, baby.”
Nguyen’s career at the WSOP began in 1995, and just two years later he would win his first WSOP bracelet when he topped 215-player field in the $2,000 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo to win $156,950 in prize money. The following year, Nguyen would be crowned the 1998 WSOP Main Event champion and pocket the $1 million first-place prize.
At the 2001 WSOP, Nguyen won two more Omaha bracelets, and then at the 2008 WSOP he would win the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship for $1,989,120 in prize money. Heading into the 2021 WSOP, Nguyen has amassed over $6 million in WSOP earnings that includes five WSOP bracelets and 62 WSOP cashes.
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About the World Series of Poker
The World Series of Poker® is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, having awarded more than $3.29 billion in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest-running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970. In 2019, the event attracted 187,298 entrants from 118 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and awarded more than $293 million in prize money. In addition, the WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent of WSOP Europe in 2007 and the WSOP Asia-Pacific in 2013 and the WSOP International Circuit Series in 2015. All WSOP events are subject to the then-current and applicable WSOP tournament rules. For more information, please visit www.wsop.com.