Side games: 7
Steam control: 5
Against weak players: 7
Against strong players: 7
Best game: Any shorthanded game
Weakness: No bankroll management; no game selection
Tuan is a fierce player who will only get better. He won two WPT titles where people saw him get lucky, so he is often considered a wild player who got lucky a couple of times. In fact, he is one of the best players in the world and he is very adept at discovering and exploiting weaknesses in his opponents. However, he is still somewhat undisciplined. Tuan claims that he has made every money management mistake that is mentioned in Ace on the River.
Tuan went to Foxwoods in 2004 to play in the final event. Not surprisingly, he lost the $14,000 he brought with him shooting dice. He wanted to fly back home, but the nearby airports were snowed in. My girlfriend offered to lend him money for the entry. Even though Tuan needed the money, he turned down the loan because he hates to impose on other people, including his friends. Hasan Habib borrowed $3000 from Ted Forrest to put himself, Tuan, and Mohammed Ibrahim into the last $1000 satellite. Hasan asked for 25% of Tuan’s action in exchange for Tuan owing him $500. Tuan went on to win a seat in the main event and then bested a field of 674 players to capture the $1.55 million first prize.
Tuan took his share in cash, since he didn’t have a bank account. He bought a duffle bag at the gift shop and then took a limo to New York with his friends, so he could catch the next flight out. Hasan stayed in New York, but Thor Hansen and Nam Le accompanied Tuan to JFK airport. When they went through security, Tuan was asked what was in the bag. He told them he had over $1 million in cash. They laughed at the obvious joke, but stopped laughing when the bag was opened.
Tuan and his friends were allowed on the plane without much hassle, much to their surprise. When they arrived in Long Beach, they were immediately greeted by the FBI. Tuan showed them a printout with his picture, which told of his tournament win. After many questions and verification with the Foxwoods Casino, Tuan and his friends were released after being detained for over an hour.
Artist: Gnarls Barkley
Reason for this song choice
I originally used the song “All or Nothing” for Tuan, but it was too soft. Crazy is a word that describes Tuan’s bankroll management.