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Jerry Yang

The Shadow

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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.

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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 2007WSOP Main Event$10,0001st$8,250,000
July 2010Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza III$1,0705th$75,000
June 2014WSOP NLHE$2,50040th$11,449
October 2013Heartland Poker Tour Fresno$1,6509th$9,228
May 2012California State Poker Championship$1,0703rd$7,990

Courtesy of The Hendon Mob. Last Updated May 2021

WSOP Main Event Winners 1998-2007

20076,358Jerry YangUnited States$8,250,000
20068,773Jamie GoldUnited States$12,000,000
20055,619Joe HachemAustralia$7,500,000
20042,576Greg RaymerUnited States$5,000,000
2003839Chris MoneymakerUnited States$2,500,000
2002631Robert VarkonyiUnited States$2,000,000
2001613Carlos MortensenSpain$1,500,000
2000512Chris FergusonUnited States$1,500,000
1999393Noel FurlongIreland$1,000,000
1998350Scotty NguyenVietnam$1,000,000

Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #29: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
40th $11,449
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 9: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry
153rd $4,043
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #26: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed
57th $7,273
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed
96th $3,636
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #11: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
195th $3,114
2010 NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship
$20,000 Heads-up Championship
5th $75,000
2007 World Series of Poker
Event 55 - $10,000 World Championship No Limit Holdem
1st $8,250,000