At around 4 am PDT, Yang rivered a straight against Tuan Lam, a Canadian, to claim the title.
The 39-year-old father of many who was a refugee from Laos and currently works as a shrink and social worker, whatever that is, in Temecula, California, took control of the final table from the outset, which is a fancy way of saying "the first hand," and played the role of table captain well as he took out seven of the eight players at the final table.
At the championship ceremony, Yang reiterated that he would be giving 10% of his winnings to something called "charity." We quickly google’d the word on our new iPhone and discovered the meaning. If by chance you then read any reports of a small contingent of people hollering "Whyyyyyyyyy???" and fainting in the audience, that was us.
For the win, Yang banks $8.25 million, 10% of which he is inexplicably giving to charity. Tuan Lam will take home $4.8 million, all of which we hope he keeps for himself to squander on meaningless material things. 62-year-old Raymond Rahme, of Johannesburg, South Africa, took third and just over $3 million.
Rounding out the final table were:
4th Place – Alex Kravchenko, 36, of Moscow, Russia, $1,852,721
5th Place – Jon Kalmar, 34, of Chorley, Lancashire (UK), $1,255,069
6th Place – Hevad “Rain” Khan, 22, of Poughkeepsie, NY, $956,243
7th Place – Lee Childs, 35, of Reston, VA, $705,229
8th Place – Lee Watkinson, 40, of Cheney, WA, $585,699
9th Place – Philip Hilm, 31, of Cambridge (UK), $525,934.
* Photo courtesy of IMAGEMASTERS.