2005 World Series of Poker champ Joe Hachem hosts this series that sees eleven Australians compete against each other for the chance to win \$100,000 and travel the world competing in the world's largest tournaments as Joe's protege. Over eight weeks, four female and seven male competitors dive with sharks, walk high wires and face off against a Secret Service trained "Human Lie Detector". Poker strategist Lee Nelson helps judge the contestants' performance.
Runtime: 60 minutes
The Poker Star - Scotty Nguyen - Netflix
Thuận B. “Scotty” Nguyễn (born October 28, 1962) is a Vietnamese American professional poker player who is a five-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, most notably as the winner of the 1998 World Series of Poker Main Event and the 2008 World Series of Poker $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship. He is the first and currently only player to win both the WSOP Main Event and $50,000 Players' Championship.
The Poker Star - Early life - Netflix
Scotty Nguyen was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Because of the conflict in Vietnam, his mother sent him out of the country, first to Taiwan. He came to the United States at the age of 14 after finding a sponsor in Orange County, California. He was expelled from school for spending too much time in underground poker games. Nguyen attended dealer school at the age of 21 and was employed at Harrah’s poker room. While with Harrah's, he made about $150 a night and lost most of it playing $3–$6 stud. He described himself as a “fish” but wanted to gamble regardless. His luck improved in 1985 when he was invited to Lake Tahoe to deal in a no-limit Hold’em tournament. He dealt all day and played cash games all night with the meager bankroll he brought with him. He built his bankroll to $7,000 and felt he was invincible. He returned to Las Vegas and gambled his bankroll up to $1 million. His name spread around Vegas and soon he began playing poker with Johnny Chan, Puggy Pearson, and David Grey. He purchased a Chevrolet Camaro for $17,000, a Corvette for $21,000, and a condominium for $60,000 all in cash. He lived in Caesars Palace and was winning $50,000 to $900,000 a night. Bad habits plagued Nguyen; recreational use of marijuana, cocaine, and alcohol developed into full-scale addictions. After a costly losing streak, he ended up going broke. Nguyen was spared a room and $5,000 in cash.
The Poker Star - References - Netflix