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2016 WSOP: Father of 5 Wins Life-Changing Money in $888 Buy-in Event!

Tags: 2016 WSOP, Hung Le.
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2016 by "T".

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 ADiamond10Club4Diamond. Lech bets 900,000. Le calls.

Lech checks the 8Diamond turn. Le bets 1,500,000. Lech reraises all in. Le calls.

Lech: QClubJClub
Le: 2ClubSpade

The 6Diamondriver 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)

source: http://www.wsop.com/tournaments/updates.asp?rr=5&grid=1232&tid=14954&dayof=


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6 comments for "2016 WSOP: Father of 5 Wins Life-Changing Money in $888 Buy-in Event! "

 bowie19847/6/2016 11:53:27 PM GMT
Lower middle-class family, five kids etc. He somehow still managed to scrape together 9hundred bucks to enter this and another nine hundred for his re-entry so it's not so much as a cinderella story rather than blind luck. Besides that asians good at math. Not all of them but many of them 4 sure.
 doubletop7777/7/2016 8:48:45 AM GMT
Many congratulations to Hung Le on winning this event and the $888,888 first prize. It makes a change to hear a poker player saying that this is life changing money and i hope he enjoys it
 Tony_MON7ANA7/7/2016 7:59:32 PM GMT
I bet Hung Le, a 53-year-old amateur player, is still on cloud nine even days after successfully conquering $888 buy-in Crazy Eights 8-Handed No-Limit Hold'em tournament that earned him a precious WSOP bracelet.
 damosk7/7/2016 9:54:08 PM GMT
Whichever way he got in and however he funded his rebuy, winning in the way he did just goes to show that it's not about the cards in your hand that are important, it's having the bottle to make some wild shouts to give yourself a chance to win. It's also a nice story and whether it's genuine or not...well done to the winner.
 bowie19847/8/2016 12:27:52 AM GMT
Posted by damosk:
Whichever way he got in and however he funded his rebuy, winning in the way he did just goes to show that it's not about the cards in your hand that are important, it's having the bottle to make some wild shouts to give yourself a chance to win. It's also a nice story and whether it's genuine or not...well done to the winner.

I don't doubt his talent - the original article does though - and I just wish I could have some of his luck too.
I am just pretty tired of all these 'fairy tales' about unsuccessful gamblers who are scraping together their last pennies to play/bet/risk their luck one more time etc. etc.
He obviously knew what goes where otherwise he would have never risk more than a thousand dollaroos to this.
 Tony_MON7ANA7/8/2016 12:40:09 AM GMT
I know many people from Vietnam who was immigrated to or born in the USA. They are generally very hard-working people and have strong family/relative-ties/bonds.
I can tell you that $1,000 is not a huge amount of money even for a family of a modest income living in the USA.

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