Jerry Yang is a poker player of Hmong descent. He is nicknamed The Shadow.
Aside from playing poker, Yang also worked as a psychotherapist and a social worker. He earned his master’s degree in health psychology from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California, United States.
A Christian, Yang previously worked as a missionary. He has donated portions of his poker winnings to several charities.
Yang and his wife have six children. Here are 13 more things about him:
- He was born Xao Yang in Vientiane, Laos. When the communists took over in Laos in the 1970s, he and his family escaped to Thailand. He has a brother and a sister who died in the refugee camp in Thailand where they lived for four years.
- In 1979, he and his family moved from Thailand to the US. He has lived in different parts of California including Temecula and Madera.
- In 2005, he started playing poker.
- As an amateur poker player, he entered the 2007 World Series of Poker after winning a $225 satellite at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula. On July 6, 2007, he became the champion of the 2007 WSOP main event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. He won $8.25 million and pledged 10 percent of the prize money to three children’s charities namely The Ronald McDonald House, The Make-A-Wish Foundation and Feed the Children.
- On October 23, 2008, he ranked fifth in No-Limit Hold’em-Event 17 at the 2008 Festa Al Lago Classic (WPT) at the Bellagio Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.
- On February 27, 2010, he ranked fifth in Event 2-No-Limit Hold’em at the 2010 Wynn Classic at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas.
- On June 1, 2010, he ranked 23rd in Event 7-No-Limit Hold’em at the 2010 Mega Stack Series at the Caesars Palace Las Vegas in Las Vegas.
- On November 23, 2010, he ranked 21st in Event 27-No-Limit Hold’em Main Event at the 2010 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza IV at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
- In 2011, his autobiography “All In, From Refugee Camp to Poker Champ” was published.
- On July 3, 2012, he ranked fourth in Event 77-No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack Turbo at the 2012 Caesars Palace Mega Stack Series at the Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
- On November 22, 2015, he ranked 13th in $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em at the 2015 MSPT-Wisconsin Dells at the Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells in Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA.
- On June 5, 2016, he ranked 26th in $400 No-Limit Hold’em $50K GTD at the 2016 Summer Classic at the Wynn Las Vegas.
- On January 31, 2019, he ranked 20th in $400 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack at the 2018/2019 WSOP Circuit-Milwaukee at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was 52 years old when he ranked fourth in $400 No-Limit Hold’em BB Ante at the 2018/2019 WSOP Circuit-Milwaukee at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino on February 10, 2019.