Jerry Yang is Laotian poker player who won the 2007 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event.
His nickname at the poker tables is 'The Shadow'.
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Yang was born in Laos before his family fled to Thailand where they stayed in a refugee camp for four years. From there, his family moved to the United States, landing in California. Yang, who holds a Master’s degree in health psychology, worked as a therapist and social worker prior to winning big in the world’s most coveted poker event.
2007 WSOP Main Event
A complete unknown to the poker world, Yang entered a satellite tournament for the WSOP Main Event for a whopping $225. After winning the $10,000 seat, Yang parlayed his $225 into a win at the 2007 WSOP Main Event for more than $8 million. He defeated Tuan Lam heads-up, eliminating seven of the eight other players at the final table.
Yang donated a good portion of his winnings to charity. The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Feed the Children, and the Ronald McDonald House were all beneficiaries of Yang’s contributions.
Jerry Yang Top Five Poker Cashes
|July 2007||WSOP Main Event||$10,000||1st||$8,250,000|
|July 2010||Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza III||$1,070||5th||$75,000|
|June 2014||WSOP NLHE||$2,500||40th||$11,449|
|October 2013||Heartland Poker Tour Fresno||$1,650||9th||$9,228|
|May 2012||California State Poker Championship||$1,070||3rd||$7,990|
Courtesy of The Hendon Mob. Last Updated May 2021
WSOP Main Event Winners 1998-2007
|2007||6,358||Jerry Yang||United States||$8,250,000|
|2006||8,773||Jamie Gold||United States||$12,000,000|
|2004||2,576||Greg Raymer||United States||$5,000,000|
|2003||839||Chris Moneymaker||United States||$2,500,000|
|2002||631||Robert Varkonyi||United States||$2,000,000|
|2000||512||Chris Ferguson||United States||$1,500,000|