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Jerry Yang

Jerry Yang
GPI rank: 5343
WSOP Bracelets: 1
Total Live Earnings: $8,512,571
Nationality:
United States United States
Nickname: The Shadow
Last Seen in: 2022 World Series of Poker
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Biography

Jerry Yang is a poker player of Laotian descent who won the 2007 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event.

In 2011, he authored a book called 'All In'.

Biography

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. Since then, Jerry has quit his day job, but still continues to help out and give back as much as he can.


Read More: Where Are They Now - Jerry Yang


Yang at the WSOP

A complete unknown to the poker world, Yang entered a satellite tournament for the WSOP Main Event for $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.

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.

PokerNews Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2022 World Series of Poker
Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em
500th $3,610
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

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