After his stack took a few early hits here on Day 2 of the Seniors Championship, the always entertaining Young Ji never lost his confidence, telling our PokerNews Live Reporting team "I'll be back baby!"
Ji proved that prediction to be spot on, after winning a recent hand with his "master" Tommy Vedes standing behind him in support. You may remember Vedes as the winner of the 2009 WPT $15,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship ($1,218,225), and with this accomplished poker pro sweating him, Ji woke up with and found a way to trap both players into risking their stacks.
When one of those players with all of his chips in the middle saw Ji's holding, he said "we're in big trouble buddy," flipping over the to show Ji that they shared the same hole cards.
"No we're not," was Ji's only reply. "No we are not."
With two pairs of aces going up against the tabled by the third player, who happened to have both Ji and the other opponent covered, everybody at the table stood in anticipation, waiting to see if the final board would be kind to the mother of all poker hands.
When the dealer rolled out the , Ji clapped his hands in celebration, turning back to Vedes to commiserate over the sick sweat. Vedes patted his friend on the shoulder in encouragement, telling the man now known as Young Ji-Z to keep running good before heading off to no doubt play a few hands of his own.
With the chopped pot win, Ji regained his status as one of our chip leaders, and the Amazon Room just got a little more exciting as Day 2 marches onward.