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Another Unlikely Chip Leader Emerges in WSOP Main Event
The WSOP Main Event is known for thrusting unknown players into the national spotlight and 2010 is looking no different as the chip leader on day 8 is a 24-year-old recent college graduate from Southern California.
Joseph Cheong was born in Seoul, South Korea, hails from La Mirada, CA, and graduated from UC-San Diego last year with a degree in psychology. This is only his second time playing in the Main Event.
"It really hasn't hit me yet," Cheong said of being on the doorstep of the November Nine with 25 million chips and a life changing payday on the way. "Other than the cameras, this is the same as the tournaments I've been playing in everyday."
Cheong's bid is even more unlikely given his forgettable WSOP leading up to this point. The young pro said he cashed twice in approximately 20 events and came into the Main Event down overall.
"This is definitely a little redemption; it's making up for the whole summer," Cheong told PokerListings.
Now Cheong has more than 11% of the chips in play and just has to proceed with caution to secure his spot at the final table and a million-dollar-plus payout.
"There are lots of really good players left - mostly to the left of me - so I'll probably take it a bit slower out there," Cheong said of his strategy.
Still, Cheong doesn't feel as though he's secured any victories just yet. "Let's put it this way, I wouldn't be surprised if I busted," he said with a grin before retaking his seat at the feature table.
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