RE: Scotty Nguyen Defects to PokerStars

by , Jul 5, 2008 | 8:30 pm

It might seem at first glance that Full Tilt and PokerStars fought it out – in the monetary offerings sense – to get Scotty Nguyen to sign some sort of deal. Full Tilt got him for the $50K HORSE final table, and PokerStars got him for the rest of the WSOP, at the very minimum.

An inside source says that Full Tilt reportedly dropped him just after the HORSE win because of his sometimes rude (for lack of a better word) behavior during the final table. Because of the way he acted for a good portion of the play-down, Full Tilt decided they didn’t want him on the team. Soon after, PokerStars picked him up.

However, another source had a bit of an alternate take on it. This version of the story noted that PokerStars had a deal brewing with Scotty for the HORSE final table but dropped the ball and allowed Full Tilt to come in. Since the Full Tilt deal was a one-time table sponsorship, PokerStars was able to get back in with Scotty after HORSE.

It boils down to the fact that the online poker sponsorship business is a cut-throat industry. And it’s only going to get more interesting as the main event final table approaches…

2 Comments to “RE: Scotty Nguyen Defects to PokerStars”

  1. Poker Shrink

    “My” inside source says that Full Tilt had absolutely nothing against Scotty’s “behavior” at the HORSE final table. As that brilliant poker site Pokerati has previously reported with pictures, Scotty wears a wider range of logos than a NASCAR car (this that redundant?).

    Also referring to the poker agents as cut-throat is a bit like referring to a king cobra as neighborly.

  2. Poker101

    When I watched the H.O.R.S.E event on TV I was at first perplexed by Scotty’s behavior…then I was mad because I don’t want people to watch Poker on TV for the 1st time & think this is how players are. Its not a good representation of the game. My favorite player is Daniel Negreanu. I’d be shocked if I ever saw him like that! But finally I felf worried…for Scotty. He looked and acted so angry. I blame the beer. Alcohol can bring out the very worst in people and amplify emotions for the worse. In my opinion the consumption of alcohol should be limited in those events that go on and on for hours. And the rules of conduct for players should be enforced at all times…no exceptions. I hope to never see this kind of behavior from a player again and I wish Scotty truly realizes the way he acted towards the players and the staff was wrong.