Jerry Yang Eliminated from WSOP 2008
Reigning WSOP Champion Jerry Yang went out of the 2008 WSOP Main event on Day 2.
Yang wasn't too depressed by his lack of luck in this year's WSOP. In a chat with ESPN he instead chose to emphasize his amazement and gratitude over last year's victory.
Before the 2007 WSOP he was just a normal guy, trying to make ends meet. Winning the WSOP changed his life - as well as the life of other people who he's been able to help. Among other things, he's donated over a million dollars to charity.
Jerry Yang posing with his WSOP bracelet from 2007
The decisive hand today was when Yang ran into a full house while still strongly believing his hand was good. Later on, with a short stack he went all in with AJ against A9 and lost, as it sometimes happens in poker.
After being eliminated, Yang stood up at the "semi-feature table" and held a short speech of thanks, telling his fellow players that he hoped to see them again in next year's WSOP.
In the crowded hallway outside the Amazon Room, Yang took his time and talked to the spectators gathering around him, writing autographs left and right and posing for photographs with anyone who asked for it.
The still reigning champion appeared happy and relaxed and proved what a nice chap he is, humble in victory and loss alike.
If Yang has received some criticism for being invisible as ambassador for poker during the year after his WSOP triumph, today he was certainly no bad ambassador for himself.