Less than a week ago, 25-year-old Tony Yuan was competing at the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event. He ultimately finished in fifth place for $286,963.
Yuan, who originally hails from China, was one of the out-of-nowhere stories at the WSOP final table. He's a student at the Univeristy of Wisconsin - Madison. He had just $6K in live cashes heading into the 2020 WSOP Main Event according to The Hendon Mob, but he does have a strong background in math considering he's studying for his doctorate in probability.
Combine that with his love for the game stemming from his teenage years when he just played for fun, and he's got the ability to perhaps follow in the footsteps of his poker hero, Fedor Holz.
Furthermore, despite his limited live poker ledger, he said he's entering his realm of greater comfort as the tournament transitions from the online portion.
"I think my live play is better than my online play," he said. "I can read people.”
Yuan has ventured over to the Venetian and is in action here on Day 1b of the MSPT $1,100 Main Event.