Yang says Cada got lucky to win WSOP Main Event

Jerry Yang
'Joe Cada is a good player, but he got incredibly lucky.'

Jerry Yang, who won the 2007 WSOP Main Event, is certainly one.

Yang watched it all go down on ESPN the very next night from his newly opened Pocket 8's Sushi & Grill restaurant in Merced, California and enjoyed every minute of it.

"It was very interesting," Yang told PokerListings from Harvey's Lake Tahoe, where he had come to play in the WSOP Circuit event this weekend. "Overall I think it was a great tournament. It was very exciting."

Yang has always admitted his path to the 2007 title and its $8.25 million prize was paved with a lot of luck.

What he saw on this year's ESPN broadcast appeared no different to him.

"I think all the guys played really well and obviously two of them got really lucky," he said.

"Joe Cada is a good player, but he got incredibly lucky. Especially with the pocket threes (all in pre-flop against Jeff Shulman's pocket jacks) and the pocket deuces (all in pre-flop against Antoine Saout's pocket queens). I'm happy it worked out for him.

"Moon had a good shot, but I think he made a couple of mistakes and I'm sure he's thinking about them right now."

Yang was criticized by some in the poker media for not playing as many major tournaments as they would have liked in the year following his win.

Joseph Cada
From one champ to another.

However, the father of six children, who escaped war-torn Laos as a child and spent four-and-a-half years in a Thai refugee camp before immigrating to the United States, makes no apologies for following a different path.

"Since winning I have personally helped raised more than $700,000 for charity, namely the Make-A-Wish foundation, the Ronald McDonald House and Feed the Children, so that took a lot of my time away," he said.

"I made a promise that I would donate a lot of my time and money to charity. That's what I'm passionate about; giving back to the community, especially underprivileged kids."

If he has any advice for the new World Champion, it's that he follow his heart as well.

"Just follow your passion," Yang said. "If poker is your passion, then hey, you know what, be a good ambassador. Do whatever you can to promote poker and carry the game to the next level.

"I know a lot of young players today look up to somebody like me or Joe Hachem, or whoever the champion is and they want to follow in our footsteps. So do whatever you can to really help that community."

Yang's victory came in the final year before the WSOP began delaying the final table four months, creating what is now known as the November Nine.

The 2007 World Champion says he loves the idea and the boxing-style hype that is created during the four-month break.

Jerry Yang
'The bottom line is I love poker.'

"I wish they had done it a couple of years before I won, although it may have changed my results," he laughed. "I think it will only help poker grow, survive and thrive even more."

These days, Yang spends the majority of his time at his restaurant, with his family, playing poker for charity and putting the finishing touches on his biography, All In: The Jerry Yang Story, expected to be published sometime in early 2010.

But a passion for the game still got him out of bed at 4 a.m. Sunday to make the drive to Lake Tahoe from his Fresno home to play a little poker on the World Series Circuit.

"The bottom line is I love poker," he said.

To follow Yang and all the action from the Lake Tahoe World Series of Poker Circuit championship event, click through to PokerListings' Live Coverage.

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dominateyou10 2011-08-24 07:31:47

im looking for a backer for the wsop circuit and borgata main event coming up contact me at dragonnoodle@yahoo.com will do 50/50 my stats is great enough to win a big score lets talk business

dominateyou10 2011-08-24 07:25:23

jerry has joe beat btw he has a new book out that has sold 350,000 copies first month great read check it out if you got a chance plus he doing charities still for the poker community cmon give this champ his dues

dominateyou10 2011-01-21 01:51:00

jerry yang need to get endorse by pokestars or full tilt he has done alot fo the game and use that to help the less fortunate he deserves a big contract likE ANY OTHER main event champ

Jonan 2010-01-13 14:53:11

You don't think it's all about skill do you? There has to be a lot of luck to win in any poker game. These tournaments are worse than a full time job. The average hours just sitting there and playing are agonizing. It's about a dream and reaching for that dream. Joe is a great kid and I hope my son is able to get that "lucky" someday.

Lee 2009-12-02 22:06:55

Joe Cada is doing a great job representing the pokerworld as for Jerry Yang how many tourney does he play in a year-Did he ever get a Sponsor after winning The WSOP?
Either way Cada has Yang beat

semi-addicted 2009-11-20 10:16:00

I think great players playing great can go deep maybe make the top 100. (Wow Ivey went deeper) After that making the wrong move @ the right time is the way to the final table. It almost favours the weaker players who over value a hand go allin suck out and double up. (The MOON effect) To finish in the top 3 @ the final table requires luck, suckouts etc. They should decrease the blinds to give the short stacks a better chance instead of hail mary allins almost right away.

semi-addicted 2009-11-20 10:01:00

His 2 suckouts allin were total "donk". He proved that the best player has almost no chance.

Arthur Reber 2009-11-17 05:56:00

Worst player? Yang? Gold? Not even close. Go check out Hal Fowler's win in 1979. Des Wilson's book Ghosts at the Table has a great summary.

Lasse sucks as spelling sucks at grammar 2009-11-17 05:16:00

Your, not you're.

Lasse sucks as spelling 2009-11-17 03:26:00

You're whole post, Lasse, is discredited because you spelled "but" with two t's and completely butchered luckiest. Infact, you suck at spelling, typing and probably poker. You should never post again.

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