Jerry Yang: 2007 World Series Champ:
Jerry Yang earned his seat at the 2007 World Series of Poker No Limit Hold’em Championship Event by winning a satellite tournament for $225. He outlasted 6,358 players in to win first place and $8.25 million. Before the final table, he pledged to donate 10 percent of his winnings to charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Feed the Children, and the Ronald McDonald House.
Jerry Yang Outside of Poker:
Jerry Yang was born in 1968 in Laos, and moved to the U.S. in 1979. He is married, has 6 children, and lives in Temecula, California where he works as a psychologist and social worker.
Jerry Yang on His Final Table Play:
“I study my opponents very carefully, and when I sensed something, when I sensed some weakness, I took a chance. Even if I had nothing, I decided to raise, reraise, push all-in or make a call.
"The only way that I could win this tournament was by being aggressive from the very beginning and that's exactly what I did. And thank God I was also able to pick up some good cards at the same time.”
Jerry Yang's Winning WSOP Hand:
In the final hand, Yang called Tuan Lam's all-in bet. Lam turned over A-Q. It looked bad for Yang when a queen came on the flop, but the turn and river gave Yang a nine-high straight.
Jerry Yang Trivia:
- Yang kisses a picture of his kids before he goes all-in.
- Yang has a Masters Degree in health psychology.
- He is just 5 foot, 3 inches tall