But then my WCP cohort Chops, who’s in Hawaii right now, where he is either getting married this weekend or doing research for his upcoming role in the Magnum P.I. remake, texted me and told me to check out the lame headline over at CardPlayer.com, that sums up Nam Le’s WPT win as follows:
“Nam Le Makes a Name for Himself at the Bay 101 Shooting Star”
And so the cheesy headlines
So yes, Nam Le, the cousin of Tuan Le, the insanely fearless player who makes Gus Hansen look like Dan Harrington and Donald “The Bank Owns Me” Trump look like a poor fool with a combover (considering Le has cashed close to $4.5 million in the last 3 years), is the latest WPT champion after taking the top prize at the Bay 101 Shooting Star in San Jose, California. Nam outlasted more than 500 players and
The final day started with
This was Nam’s biggest win to date and his first main event crown. Most recently, Le won the $1,500 NLHE event at the Bellagio Festa Al Lago IV ($147,925), and his best WPT finish was in 2004 when he placed 6th in the Five-Diamond World Poker Classic ($152,468).
Here’s what the payouts looked like for the TV final table:
1. Nam Le – $1,172,800
2. Ravi Udayakumar – $629,500
3. Danny Smith – $340,000
4. David Williams – $280,000
5. Fabrice Soulier – $240,000
6. Chad Brown – $200,000
Oh, and add $5,000 to Nam Le’s earnings as he was also the guy who knocked out David Williams, who was one of
* 3rd grade humor there.
(Photo of Nam Le courtesy of the World Poker Tour. Check out their new live tournament updates online.)