Jerry Yang wins
the 2007 World Series of Poker
Jerry Yang is the winner
of the 2007 WSOP Texas Hold'em main event, beating Tuan Lam with
a low straight.
Yang sat on the final table at the 2007 World Series of Poker
with a chip count second to last - 8.45 million, but the
immigrant from Laos turned his chip stack into real cash, taking
home $8.25 million as the winner of the 2007 WSOP. At the final
showdown, Jerry Yang (not the co-founder of Yahoo!) had to
battle Tuan Lam from Canada, who entered the last day of the
poker championship with second best chip count - 21.315 million.
At the end, a low straight was all Yang
needed to beat Lam's pair of queens and take the bracelet and a
bag full of cash. Jerry Yang is a perfect example of why poker
tournaments are so attractive - all Yang had invested was $225
buy-in at a satellite tourney in California. Now the $225 have
turned into $8.25 million. Anyone could do the same - the online
Bodog Poker (new window) runs tournaments worth
$3.5 million every month.
Jerry Yang is just the next amateur to
make it big on the poker scene. According to the Laotian
immigrant, he started playing poker just a couple of years ago,
and with six kids, he has little tie to play his favorite game.
Now that he got a piece of the American Dream, he will have all
the time in the world to "work on his poker skills".
We now know who won the 2007 World
Series of Poker, let's see when the rest got eliminated.
Ironically, the final table chip leader Philip Hilm went out
first, falling victim to an all-in showdown with Jerry Yang.
Next to follow him were Lee Watkinson, Lee Childs and Hevad
"Rain" Khan, all three of them also sent home by Yang. Jon
Kalmar was next to go, but he was the first millionaire at the
2007 World Series of Poker. The underdog Alex Kravchenko was
defeated next in the wee hours. Raymond Rahme finished third at
the main event of the WSOP. Then it was down to Jerry Yang and
Published on 07/18/2007