Jerry Yang, Poker’s New Squeaky Clean Ambassador

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The Yin and Yang of World Series of Poker Champions.
So the era of Jamie Gold as the WSOP Main Event champ is over, which sucks for us because we don’t expect Jerry Yang, the Ajax of poker, to give us any real good material to write about over the next 12 months, at least not like our favorite Malibu blowhard did.

Sure Jerry Yang, a God-loving, clean-living, charity-giving, father of six immigrant from Laos, has a truly compelling story, one that is the ultimate manifestation of the American dream–kind of like Tuan Lam‘s tale of immigrating from Vietnam is except totally different because Lam finished second and lives in Canada. But what can we expect from our new champion as a storyline after the initial media honeymoon is over? Will he balk on giving to the charities he promised? Not likely. Will he produce a new show called “The Hottest Hmong in America?” with a website that says “You Hot Hmong You” every time you visit it? That would be awesome. Will he stiff the WSOP dealers out of a big tip? Wait, he did stiff the dealers out of a big tip?

Anyway, lots of people other than us are talking about Yang and below are the best reads we’ve found so far on the game’s new de facto ambassador. Check ’em out.

:: Jeff Haney on how the new face of championship poker came from unlikely origins, gained fame lightning fast and plans to give away part of his winning – Las Vegas Sun

:: Jerry Yang, the (Poker) World Needs You Now – Lou Krief’s Blog

:: Can Yang Save Poker’s Face? – Casino City Times

:: WSOP Epilogue: A Leap of Faith – Tao of Poker

:: How to Catch an Animal With a Havahart Trap – wikiHow

UPDATE: Stiff the dealer link fixed above. Be sure to also read the piece 2007 WSOP POY Tom Schneider wrote on tipping.

 

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