Hung Le, a Vietnamese-born small business owner from Dayton, Ohio won the $888 Buy-In No-Limit Hold'em "Crazy Eights" 8-Handed Event. It is absolutely unbelievable, but Hung Le has never participated in World Series of poker tournaments. Moreover, he does not have enough experience and funds to regularly play poker at the professional level.
The $888 Buy-In No-Limit Hold'em "Crazy Eights" 8-Handed Tournament lasted for four days at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
As you can understand from the title of the competition, the winner pocketed $888,888. This is a life-changing amount for a simple owner of a single shop. To be sure, it was the highest Leís payout in his entire career.
The final table was occupied by twelve lucky participants. A lot of famous and reputable poker players were busted before the beginning of the final round. Among them we can recall Scott Davies (a 15th-place finish), Chris Ferguson (a 26th-place finish), Steve Sung (a 31st-place finish), Greg Raymer (a 35th-place finish), Tom McCormick (a 51st-place finish), Jennifer Shahade (a 52nd-place finish), Ted Lawson (a 61st-place finish), Jon Friedberg (a 68th-place finish), and Allen Kessler (a 78th-place finish). At the final table Mr. Le managed to defeat Michael Lech from the United States (a 2nd-place finish and $401,888), Dimitar Danchev from Bulgaria (a 3rd-place finish and $297,888), Rafael Yaraliyev (a 4th-place finish and $222,888), Henry Grunzweig from the United States (a 5th-place finish and $167,888), Loni Harwood, (a 5th-place finish and $126,888), Aurelien Guiglini from France (a 7th-place finish and $96,888), Yang Zhang from China (an 8th-place finish and $74,888), and others.
In the final heads-up series Le met Michael Lech. In the deciding hand Mr. Le had a queen-three. He moved all-in. His opponent called. A three was dealt on the table, which made Hung Le a WSOP gold bracelet winner.