Aaron Shu Nu Zang

Aaron Shu Nu Zang
GPI rank: 150586
Total Live Earnings: $20,345,249
China China
The Hendon Mob


Aaron Shu Nu Zang is a Chinese high-stakes poker player residing in Macau. Zang is best known for winning the £1,050,000 buy-in Triton Million for Charity event in London, United Kingdom, in August 2019. Zang walked away with £13,779,491 ($16,775,820) after striking a deal with American superstar Bryn Kenney.

Zang discovered poker while studying at university and was a regular at the online poker site, partypoker. His uncle gave Zang ¥1,000 ($150) in 2006 which Zang parlayed into a bankroll of ¥400,000 ($63,000) in the space of a year. Zang decided to embark on a professional poker-playing career a year later in 2007.

Zang cashed in eight live tournaments between 2007 and 2018, according to The Hendon Mob Database. Five of those cashes occurred in Macau, including a HK$1,925,000 ($248,200) score for a fifth-place finish in the HK$500,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super High Roller, part of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) at the City of Dreams, Macau. Fellow Chinese national Yuan Li won the event for HK$6,700,000 ($863,865) after a heads-up deal with American pro Justin Bonomo.

In 2019, Zang entered the exclusive Triton Million for Charity event in London, a tournament commanding a massive £1,050,000 buy-in. Zang navigated his way to heads-up where he faced Bryn Kenney. Zang trailed 5-to-1 in chips but managed to first negotiate a deal before staging an impressive comeback and defeating Kenney. The £13,779,491 ($16,775,820) was the third-largest prize awarded in a poker tournament, trailing only the £16,890,509 ($20,563,324) awarded to Kenney and the $18,346,673 collected by Antonio Esfandiari for his victory in the $1,000,000 The Big One for One Drop at the 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP).

Zang rounded off his poker trip to London with a third-place finish in the £250,000 No-Limit Hold'em Short Deck Ante Only "Les Ambassadeurs Private Event." Third place came with a £2,243,000 ($2,712,016) payout, and ensured Zang overtook Elton Tsang in the Chinese all-time money listings for live poker tournaments. Only Bonomo and champion John Gabe Patgorski finished ahead of Zang that day, the latter securing a £4,815,000 ($5,821,826) payday.

PokerNews Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2019 Triton Super High Roller Series London
Triton Million - A Helping Hand for Charity
1st £13,779,491

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