Former nail salon owner wins $8M at World Series of Poker

Qui Nguyen and supporters pose for photographers after he won the World Series of Poker Main Event, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) — Former nail salon owner and failed professional baccarat player Qui Nguyen has won the World Series of Poker Main Event after the longest heads-up matchup in tournament history.

The 39-year-old in a raccoon baseball cap took the top prize of $8,005,310 and the gold bracelet on Tuesday night in Las Vegas. He eliminated San Francisco poker pro Gordon Vayo on the 364th hand of the final table.

Nguyen was dealt a king and 10 of clubs. Vayo was down to 53 million chips with a jack and 10 of spades.

The first three community cards came out and among them was a king to pair up Nguyen. Two blanks followed and Nguyen was the winner — 19 hours of play after the final began on Sunday night.

The native of Vietnam emerged from a field of 6,737 in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold `Em Main Event, the final and most prestigious in a series of 69 World Series of Poker tournaments.

Vayo earned $4,661,228.

Earlier Tuesday, Cliff Josephy was eliminated in third place. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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