Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Eights

[SS] “The Eights are the Asians, poker players born in Asia”, Stan the Stat noted. “Here are the Eights:1

John Juanda – Asians

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John Juanda

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John Juanda – Asians
Born: 1971/07/08 (Medan, Indonesia)
WSOP Main Event: 31st (2005)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 65
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $18,111,008
Poker
Hall of Fame
2015
Quote: “I actually love to play all the different games because they help keep my mind sharp. But, if I could only play one game for the rest of my live, I’d go with No Limit Hold ‘Em.” — John Juanda (January 6, 2009 PokerNews interview).
  • Won the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for $1,580,096.
  • Led the Bluff Power Ranking for its first four years beginning in 2004.
  • Goes by “John”, but his full first name is “Johnson”.

Johnny Chan – Asians

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Johnny Chan

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Johnny Chan – Asians
Born: 1957 (Guangzhou, China)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1987, 1988)
WSOP Bracelets: 10
WSOP Cashes: 45
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $8,646,455
Poker
Hall of Fame
2002
Quote: “I suppose the only regret I might have is that I didn’t beat Phil Hellmuth in 1989 [for unparalleled third straight Main Event title].” — Johnny Chan (September 1, 2006 PokerPlayer interview. He also admitted to AskMen that he wakes up in a cold sweat thinking about the final hand).
  • Last player to win back-to-back WSOP Main Events, a feat that is very unlikely to be done again.
  • Was the first player to win ten WSOP bracelets, just four days before Doyle Brunson matched him in 2005.

Men Nguyen – Asians

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Men Nguyen

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Men Nguyen – Asians
Born: 1954 (Phan Thiet, Vietnam)
WSOP Main Event: 4th (1996)
WSOP Bracelets: 7
WSOP Cashes: 85
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $10,507,141
Quote: “I never saw poker as gambling. It’s about talent and patience and reading people. You don’t play each hand; you weigh each hand.” — Men Nguyen (May 15, 2003 L.A. Weekly interview).
  • Card Player Player of the Year in 1997, 2001, 2003, and 2005.
  • Has mentored several other successful pros, including his wife Van and his cousins David Pham and Minh Nguyen.

Scotty Nguyen – Asians

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Scotty Nguyen

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Scotty Nguyen – Asians
Born: 1962/10/28 (Nha Trang, Vietnam)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1998)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 52
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $11,899,385
Poker
Hall of Fame
2013
Quote: “Playing the Big One, Baby, is like playing the Masters, I imagine. Hard to describe — it’s definitely a real natural high, Baby!” — Scotty Nguyen (1998).
  • Satellited into the 1998 WSOP Main Event backed by Mike Matusow.
  • Bubbled the final table of the 2007 WSOP Main Event.

Footnotes:

  1. Other top Asians include David Chiu, J.C. Tran, Nani Dollison, et al.

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    Stats current as of July 3, 2016. [November 10, 2015 update: John Juanda enshrined in Poker Hall of Fame.]

    See the first Poker Greats post for more information about these playing cards.

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