Scotty Nguyen Becomes Brand Ambassador for Cryptonia PokerApril 9, 2018 5:07 pm
Ahead of its ICO (initial coin offering) next month, Ethereum-based online poker room Cryptonia Poker has announced that Scotty Nguyen has been made the site’s official brand ambassador. It speaks highly of Cryptonia Poker that the legendary poker pro has agreed to promote the site, which aims to brings together the excitement of playing poker with the security and transparency associated with blockchain technology.
Born in Vietnam, Scotty Nguyen arrived in the USA in 1976 aged just 14, and after leaving school was employed at Harrah’s in Nevada as a poker dealer. He also subsidized his earnings by playing in cash games and the occasional tournament, with his success eventually helping him to build both his bankroll and reputation in the game.
Nguyen subsequently captured his first WSOP bracelet in 1997 after entering the $2,000 Omaha 8 or Better event, and besting a field of 215 players, including Mike Matusow heads-up, to claim the title, and a first place prize of $156,959. The following year, Nguyen then overcame a field of 350 players at the most coveted tournament of them all, the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship, to claim a top prize worth $1 million, and has since gone on to capture a further three bracelets, including in 2001 winning the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha for $178,480, and the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better for $287,580.
Nguyen’s fifth WSOP title in 2008, however, still represents his biggest score to date, with the player collecting $1,989,120 for his victory at the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E event, placing him on the same number of accolades as players such as Stu Ungar, John Juanda, and Jason Mercier.
You call, it’s gonna be all over baby!
Nguyen is known as one of the game’s most successful and colorful characters, and at the 1998 World Series of Poker provided one of poker’s most celebrated moments during his final heads-up battle against Kevin McBride. In the hand in question, Nguyen held Jd-9c to his opponent’s Qh-10h, and after the dealer laid out an 8c-9d-9h-8h-8d board, Scotty said; “You call and it’s over baby.” Expecting the hand to result in a split pot, Kevin replied; “I call. I play the board,” leading to Nguyen becoming the 1998 WSOP Main Event Champion, and forever being immortalized in poker history .
The 55 year-old pro has since amasses a total of $11,939,878 in live earnings, and is currently ranked number 5 on Nevada’s ‘All Time Money List’, and 25th overall in the United States.
Cryptonia Poker is powered using blockchain technology, providing the platform with a range of benefits for players, including an advanced Random Number Generator (RNG), fast movement of funds, as well as the anonymity of players within a safe and secure environment.
The company is subsequently offering 750 million in Cryptonia tokens by way of a pre-ICO offering on 10th April, followed by a further two ICOs on May 1st, and June 1st. Meanwhile, 200 million tokens have been reserved for Cryptonia’s tournaments and promotions, while a further 50 million tokens have been allocated to its team and advisors.
Following the ICOs, the site will start offering its players extra value via a range of opening tournaments, with an extra 100 million Cryptonia tokens to be added to their prize pools. As its customer base starts to grow, more games and limits will then be added to its gambling mix, including Chinese Poker and Backgammon, all of which will be available on web-based, iOS or Android Apps.
In the meantime, algorithms and programs have been set up to ensure maximum security on the site, and the detection of any fraudulent activity, including collusion or the use of poker-bots.