Hand #205 - Jerry Yang has the button and raises to 2.3 million. Tuan Lam moves all in for 22.2 million, and Yang thinks for about ten seconds before he calls.
, and Lam shows
. It's a race situation, and Lam needs to improve to stay alive. The crowd erupts into chants of "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!" and something similar with "Canada! Canada!"
There is standing room only here, and everybody is on their feet, including the players. (But excluding your faithful tournament reporters.)
The flop comes
, and half of the ESPN Arena erupts in applause as Tuan Lam flops a pair of queens to take the lead. He is a big favorite to double up, making this a much closer heads-up match. Yang needs an eight or something runner-runner.
The turn card is the
, and Yang picks up a gut-shot straight draw, winning with an eight (for a set) or a six (for a nine-high straight).
The river card is the --
! Jerry Yang spikes a six on the river to win the hand -- and the 2007 WSOP World Championship -- with a nine-high straight.
The crowd explodes into cheers as the house lights flood the ESPN arena. Jerry Yang is mobbed by his friends and family, and he is barely visible. A rogue person with a microphone runs up for an interview, but he is pulled back by ESPN before a security guard goes after him.
Tuan Lam is eliminated in second place, earning $4,840,981.
At approximately 3:48 pm PDT, Jerry Yang becomes the 2007 WSOP World Champion, earning $8.25 million, a customized Corum watch, the most coveted of all WSOP bracelets, and an eternal place in poker history.
Stay tuned for the denouement.