Psychologist Wins Poker WS

Laotian-American defeats Vietnamese-Canadian, wins $8M
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jul 19, 2007 4:54 AM CDT
Poker player Jerry Yang, of Temecula, Calif., poses with his prize money after winning the main event of the World Series of Poker at the Rio hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Wednesday, July 18, 2007. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A psychologist from California with less than two years of poker experience won the World Series of Poker, thanks to a combination of canny, aggressive play and timely hands. Jerry Yang entered the last hand with $107 million, a WSOP record, and personally eliminated seven of his final eight rivals to take home the $8.25-million prize.

A Hmong immigrant from Laos who grew up in rural poverty and came to the US at age 13, Yang defeated Vietnamese-born runner-up Tuan Lam, an Ontario native. Yang entered the final round of nine with the second-smallest stack of chips, which inspired his aggressive tactics. He will donate 10% to charity.