RecPoker | Ep 183 – Jerry Yang

By Steve Fredlund
June 17, 2020

Jerry Yang has an amazing personal story of growing up in Laos, escaping to Thailand, and ultimately moving to the slums of Nashville, Tennessee. He worked hard on his education, which ultimately served to be his path out of poverty. In 2005 he started learning poker and only two years later found himself on top of the poker world having won $8.25 million and the WSOP Main Event Championship… all from a $225 satellite. An amazing story that Jerry wrote about in his autobiography called, All in: From Refugee Camp to Poker Champ.

Please also check out the National Collegiate Poker Tour by following them on @ncptpoker on Twitter or Instagram. They have their next event, the Summer Series, being held June 21-August 2

Also check out rec.poker/resources for all the partnerships and bonus RecPoker is offering. Specifically, Red Chip Poker is offering RecPoker listeners a free week of CORE by visiting Rechippoker.com and using the code “RECPOKER.”

Time Stamps

0:00Welcome & Introduction
0:30National Collegiate Poker Tour & Red Chip Poker special
4:12Welcome Jerry Yang
5:40Jerry Yang: Laos to Thailand to Nashville
16:03Jerry Yang: Learning Poker
24:33Jerry Yang: Verbal Tells in big 3-handed pot of Main Event
32:19Jerry Yang: Advice to Recreational Players
34:21Jerry Yang: Life Lessons
36:25Jerry Yang: On the book, All In: From Refugee Camp to Poker Champ
39:54Jerry Yang: Final Words, Invitation to his restaurant, and WSOP 2021 Lunch Date!
43:35Jim and Steve reactions.
46:07Round Robin: John – Home Game Updates including Winners
48:23Round Robin: Chris – Membership Content update
49:05Round Robin: Rob – Book Study updates (Matt Matros, The Game Plan
52:05Round Robin: Steve – Next Online Play & Hang (OPaH), pins & merch
56:20Round Robin: Jim – Website updates
56:52Closing comments

Jerry Yang



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Steve Fredlund

Steve Fredlund is the host of the RecPoker podcast and Rec.Poker website, both of which are committed to building a vibrant and encouraging poker learning community. Steve also works diligently to encourage people live their most fulfilling lives through coaching, speaking and writing; information about that is at stevefredlund.com.

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