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WSOP Champion: "I had cancer when I was four-years old"

Tags: 2011 wsop, cancer, david diaz, No Limit Holdem Triple Chance.
Posted on 14 June 2011 by "T".

A couple of days have now passed since 26-year-old David Diaz beat a field of 1,339 players and took home the 2011 WSOP No Limit Hold'em Triple Chance title for $352,208. But this was far from the biggest achievement in his life - as a kid, he was diagnosed with cancer and had small chances of surviving.

Diaz, 26, was born in Honduras and was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 4. And according to different doctors, he had very small chances of surviving. Apart from that, they couldn't treat him at the hospitals in Honduras and his family could not afford to send him to a hospital abroad. But thanks to family in New Jersey, he got the best possible treatment in the U.S. and managed to beat death.

"I had cancer when I was four-years old," Diaz said after his win.

"I had family that lived in New Jersey - my Aunt Rosa and her husband Ramon. They brought me down to Memphis because that was the only hospital [St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis] for children that had been treated with that type of thing. They pretty much saved my life. ... [It was a] great hospital. They saved my life, and saved a lot of kids lives."

David Diaz lives with his family in Memphis, U.S. these days. And for the past 5 years, he makes his money from playing poker - something that really has paid off! In total, he has cashed in around 30 live tournaments and earned almost $800,000. 


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3 comments on " WSOP Champion: "I had cancer when I was four-years old""


 Fakiry14/06/2011 12:44:44 GMT
I am sure none of his oponents was sorry for him for his late health problem, once at the table, only cards rules, and he sure did it well to finish first place!

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I am sure none of his oponents was sorry for him for his late health problem, once at the table, only cards rules, and he sure did it well to finish first place!
 B1gfoot14/06/2011 14:12:29 GMT
Whats with the sob story? Dont tell me the poker world is going down the "whoever" idol route, every one has a story to tell, I just dont get it.
But nice win I hope after this strange brag he goes on to say "so I will donate a % of my winnings to research"...yer right....
 SuperNoob14/06/2011 16:45:36 GMT
yeah agree with comments above, everyone has a tough life and story of their own.
but congrats to him for winning the wsop bracelet, hope he does something for his relatives at jersey.

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