Event #54: $888 Crazy Eights 8-Handed No-Limit Hold'em concluded on Tuesday on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas after four days and nights of play!
53-year-old recreational poker player Hung Le, a Vietnamese immigrant now living in Dayton, Ohio received his first bracelet as well as $888,888 in prize money thanks to his victory in this 6,761 player-field tournament.
"I have five kids. We are a lower middle class family. We work hard. This is life changing money for us," Le told WSOP.com
This was not only Le's first WSOP bracelet but also the first major poker tournament he ever entered. He admitted to WSOP.com that he was completely outclassed by his opponents and that had to make baffling calls and get lucky.
Here's how the final hand of the tournament played out - should give you a good idea of the insane calls that Le made in order to be become the last man standing.
Hung Le calls on the button. Michael Lech raises to 800,000 in the big blind. Le calls.
The flop comes A104. Lech bets 900,000. Le calls.
Lech checks the 8 turn. Le bets 1,500,000. Lech reraises all in. Le calls.
The 6river is not the out Michael Lech was looking for. Incredibly, Le eliminates Michael Lech in 2nd Place with the lowest pair possible.
Hung Le - 33,805,000
Michael Lech - Eliminated in 2nd Place ($401,888)