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Hung Le Wins 2016 World Series of Poker $888 No-Limit Hold'em Event

Le Earns First Bracelet and $888,888 First-Place Prize


The $888 buy-in Crazy Eights event at the 2016 World Series of Poker drew a sizable field of 6,761, creating a total prize pool of $5,403,391. The $888,888 first-place prize was already guaranteed, and was won by an unlikely player in Hung Le.

The 53-year-old Vietnamese player was making his WSOP debut, having never played in a summer series event. Le is originally from Saigon, but currently owns and operates a nail salon in Dayton, Ohio with his wife and family.

“I tried to come out to Las Vegas to get lucky," said Le. “I have five kids. We are a lower middle class family. We work hard. This is life-changing money for us.”

Le topped a final table that included Dimitar Danchev (3rd) and Loni Hardwood (6th). Knowing he was outmatched, he used an unorthodox playing strategy to keep his opponents guessing. Although it produced some head-scratching showdowns, it ultimately worked out for him in the end.

Other notables who made a deep run included Scott Davies (15th), Matt Vengrin (24th), Steve Sung (31st), Greg Raymer (35th), Tom Braband (37th), Jacobo Fernandez (40th), Matthew Wantman (41st), Tom McCormick (51st) and Jennifer Shahade (52nd).

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Finish Player Payout POY Points
1 Hung Le $888,888 660
2 Michael Lech $401,888 550
3 Dimitar Danchev $297,888 440
4 Rafael Yaraliyev $222,888 330
5 Henry Grunzweig $167,888 275
6 Loni Harwood $126,888 220
7 Aurelien Guiglini $96,888 165
8 Yang Zhang $74,888 110

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2016 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.

Winner photo courtesy of the WSOP.