|Title||From Vietnam to Vegas|
|Author||Qui Nguyen with Steve Blay|
|Pros||Great and numerous hand analyses with Nguyen's thoughts and Blay's calculations.|
|Cons||A bit repetitive, as the same educational points appear in multiple hands and at the end of the three final table chapters.|
|8||Foreword by Antonio Esfandiari|
|12||The Two Facets of Poker Expertise||1|
|16||2016 WSOP Main Event Final Table, Day One||2|
|85||2016 WSOP Main Event Final Table, Day Two||3|
|164||2016 WSOP Main Event Final Table, Day Three||4|
|393||Q & A with Qui Nguyen||5|
|408||From Vietnam to Vegas||6|
|443||The Independent Chip Model (ICM)||7|
Steve Blay and his company Advanced Poker Training ran repeated simulations of the final table that indicated that Qui Nguyen was actually the mostly likely winner. This convinced Nguyen to hire Blay as an advisor (and led to the creation of this book).
Three months later, Nguyen dominated the final table to capture the title. This is his story.
Blay discusses poker strategy and psychology, comparing the game's thought process with how chess grandmasters analyze positions. The guts of the book are three chapters, one for each day of the final table, examining the most important hands with Nguyen's thoughts at the time and Blay's later mathematical analyses. The book presents a table diagram with chip stacks and cards for every significant pot that Nguyen won or lost and every major hand where he folded early. Although Nguyen considers himself to be a "feel" player, Blay shows that most of his decisions were mathematically sound.
A chapter at the end covers Nguyen's life from his humble beginnings in a Vietnamese village living without plumbing or electricity to dropping out of school at 16 and repairing and peddling goods in Saigon to emigrating to the United States to join his father in California to starting his poker career in Alaska before taking it up seriously in Florida.
From Vietnam to Vegas doubles as an excellent history of the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table and an intermediate Texas Hold 'Em strategy book. Because so many hands are presented, some of the lessons are repeated a few too many times, but in the end the reader will be well-drilled in aggression, position, the Independent Chip Model, and many finer points of tournament poker.