Sixty-one of poker's biggest ballers walked into the Grand Waldo Hotel three days ago, but only Nam walked out with the PokerStars APPT Macau High Roller trophy and $450k first-place prize today.
He certainly didn't come into today's final nine as the biggest stack, or even the favorite, but by the time play wrapped just after 2 a.m., he had shown the entire poker world the error of its ways.
Things got going just after 2 p.m., and it wasn't long before Van Marcus became the first player to say goodbye. The PokerStars SuperNova Elite player shoved with nines and found Aussie Andrew Scott's kings too large a deficit to overcome.
Ivan Tan came in second in the main event here last year, but he was the next to go after making very little impact today. He shoved once and found no callers, but when he tried again, Charles Chua had his A-T dominated and sent him home eighth.
The marquee name coming in, Johnny Chan is widely praised as one of the greatest players in the game, but he did little to add to that legacy today.
To be fair, The Orient Express came in short and never really had much to work with, eventually bowing out seventh when he shoved short with sixes and David Steicke went runner-runner for a straight against him.
Canadian Wei Will Ma looked a little starstruck introducing himself to Nam Le and Quinn Do before play started, and had that deer-in-the-headlights look going all day on the way to a sixth-place finish.
He lost most of his stack when his two overs couldn't crack Charles Chua's small pair and then busted soon after, getting it all-in with Q♥ T♥ and failing to beat Chua's A♥ J♦.
As he had since the early stages of the tournament, the true favorite, David Steicke, led all comers when we got down to five players.
But in just a dozen hands he completely collapsed. He lost the lead when Chu rivered an ace against his tens. Then, the Hong Kong trader overplayed those same tens, shoving into Nam Le's pocket kings to bust out and hand Le a chip lead he stayed close to all night long.
Four-handed play was marred by a series of double-ups that saw chips trade hands at the kind of pace that suggested nobody wanted them.
At one time Charles Chua open-shove bluffed with T-4 off and got picked off by Do with eights only to suck out and stay alive. Soon after that, Do shoved in on a flop full of small spades with just T♠ 9♥, and got picked off by Chucky's K♠ K♦.
Do was left short, but it was actually Chua who would leave next.
His impressive run - he made both final tables here in Macau - ended when he ran jacks into Nam Le's queens in a huge pot that gave Le a 2-1 chip lead over Andrew Scott and Quinn Do when three-handed play got going.
Scott chipped away right away and built a slight edge over Do, getting into a pre-flop raising war with him. It ended when he convinced himself to shove with A♥ T♥. Do made the call for his tournament life, needing to avoid the three-outer with pocket tens, but he couldn't do it, and we were on to heads-up.
Le took a little less than a 2-1 lead into the match, but he pushed the Aussie blackjack player around like he was a n00b, getting that lead all the way up to 8-1 before finally delivering the knockout punch with king-high.
In the end it was fitting that a true high roller like Nam Le took down the title. Nam hardly bluffed and he certainly didn't make too many crazy moves the forums will be chatting about for days to come.
Le just sat back patiently playing his big hands for big value until there was nobody left to pay him off.
And while PL.com struggled with the language barrier here in Macau, some archaic Macanese laws we won't go into too much detail about here and the sometimes unidentifiable Chinese food (here they just call it food), it really was that easy for Nam.