Jerry Yang is a poker player of Laotian descent who won the 2007 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event.
In 2011, he authored a book called 'All In'.
Yang was born in Laos before his family fled to Thailand where they stayed in a refugee camp for four years. From there, his family moved to the United States, landing in California. Yang, who holds a Master’s degree in health psychology, worked as a therapist and social worker prior to winning big in the world’s most coveted poker event. Since then, Jerry has quit his day job, but still continues to help out and give back as much as he can.
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Yang at the WSOP
A complete unknown to the poker world, Yang entered a satellite tournament for the WSOP Main Event for $225. After winning the $10,000 seat, Yang parlayed his $225 into a win at the 2007 WSOP Main Event for more than $8 million.
Yang donated a good portion of his winnings to charity. The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Feed the Children, and the Ronald McDonald House were all beneficiaries of Yang’s contributions.