Jerry Yang is the winner of the World Series of Poker 2007 Texas Hold’em No-Limit Main Event

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The 2007 WSOP $10,000 buy-in Main Event began with 6,358 entrants and a huge prize pool (although lower than last year’s) of $59,784,954. Jerry Yang outlasted a stupendous number of poker players to take home the $7.5 million dollars first prize. Yang is the 2nd consecutive US winner to the WSOP main event following last year’s winner, Jamie Gold.

The final opponent that Yang overcame was Canadian (born in Vietnam)Tuan Lam who took an impressive $4,840,981 prize.

Last Hand of the World Series of Poker 2007 Main Event:

The last hand of the 2007 WSOP, hand number 205:
Jerry Yang is on the button and raises to $2,300,000. Seconds later Tuan Lam goes all-in for $22,200,000. Seconds later Yang makes the call.

Jerry Yang shows pocket eights: {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}, and Tuan Lam shows Ace-Queen {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}. The race begins and Lam needs to pair his cards to survive. The entire room, including both players, is on their feet and the crowd explodes into interchanging roars of “USA!” and “Canada!”

The flop is on the table: {Q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{5-Spades}, and half the crowd bursts into applause as Tuan Lam flops the top pair of queens and is ahead in the race, making it likely for him to double up. Yang has few outs and needs at least an eight or a runner-runner.
The turn card is  {7-Diamonds}, and Yang has a shot at a gut-shot straight draw, and needs either an eight or a six for a nine-high straight.
The river card comes and it’s a six of hearts:  {6-Hearts}! Jerry Yang hits his straight on the river and takes the hand! Jerry Yang is the 2007 World Series of Poker Champion, making an amazing recovery to win this incredible game.  At the end Jerry Yang has accumulated all of the main event’s poker chips: $127,475,000.

At around 3:45 AM PDT, Jerry Yang becomes the 2007 WSOP World Champion, writing his name in the poker history books, and winning a staggering $8,250,000, a unique WSOP Corum watch, and the most prestigious of all the World Series of Poker bracelets.

WSOP 2007 Jerry YangAbout Jerry Yang:
Jerry Yang is a 39 years old (born in 1968) Laos-born, Californian resident social worker and psychologist.  He and his wife have 6 children. Yang started his poker career only two years ago, playing micro-limits poker games. He was lucky enough to win his 2007 WSOP Main Event seat through a satellite tournament in the Pechanga Casino in Temecula, California. His wisely invested the $225 buy-in. Yang committed to donate 10 percent of his $8 million first prize to three organizations: Feed the Children, the Ronald McDonald House and Make-a-Wish foundations.

WSOP 2007 $10,000 Texas Hold’em NL Main Event

Final Table Winners:

1. Jerry Yang (United States) - $8,250,000
2. Tuan Lam (Canada) - $4,840,981
3. Raymond Rahme (South Africa) - $3,048,025
4. Alexander Kravchenko (Russia) - $1,852,721
5. Jon Kalmar (England) - $1,255,069
6. Hevad (RainKhan) Khan (United States) - $956,243
7. Lee Childs (United States) - $705,229
8. Lee Watkinson (United States) - $585,699
9. Phillip Hilm (Denmark) - $525,934