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Hand History Time Capsule: Jerry Yang

Hand History Time Capsule: Jerry Yang

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Jul 13, 2011


The World Series of Poker main event has historically been home to some of poker’s most infamous and interesting hands. 2007 was no exception, as an amateur player named Jerry Yang, who entered the main event after winning a $225 live satellite, outlasted a massive field of 6,358 to take home $8.25 million in prize money. Remarkably, Yang entered the final table as the second-shortest stack, but by implementing a hyperaggressive playing style, the Californian was able to mow through his competition, en route to eliminating all but one of his opponents in the grueling 12-hour contest. His full-throttle mindset started the moment he was dealt two cards, as his opening raises were typically massive relative to the blinds. For example, one hand with pocket eights, with the blinds at 120,000-240,000, Yang opened the action to 2.5 million — good for more than 10 times the big blind. Yang’s aggression ...

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