The Final Table
The final table seated Raymond Rahme, Alex Kravchenko, Lee Childs, Jerry Yang, Lee Watkinson, Tuan Lam, Philip Hilm, Jon Kalmar and Hevad Khan. Chip leader at the beginning of heads up was Hilm and short stack at the table was Kravchenko. Ironically, the first player eliminated from the table was Hilm, finishing in ninth place and winning $525,934. When the community cards did not help Watkinson or Yang, Watkinson said goodbye to the table in eighth place, earning $585,699. Yang then proceeds to knock out Childs; seventh place and $705,229 is awarded to Childs. On a roll, Yang next takes out Khan; Khan leaves in sixth place with $956,243. Kalmar is the next player eliminated; he won $1,255,069. Kravchenko finished in fourth place and won $1,852,721. Third place along with $3,048,025 was awarded to Rahme.
Heads up with $13 Million in the Prize Pool
The heads-up match begins between Lam and Yang. Yang held close to $104,000,000 while Lam held about three-quarters less, $23,000,000. Over the next hour, Yangâ€™s chip lead continued to grow as the stack in front of Lam depleted. It wasnâ€™t until Lam finally pushed all-in with three â€" four of diamonds and Yang called with ace â€" nine off-suit, that Lam finally doubled up by pairing his fours. For the final hand, Lam held ace â€" queen of diamonds and Yang held pocket eights. The flop - queen, nine, five - paired Lamâ€™s queens, but the turn, a seven, offered Yang salvation by means of a straight draw. Yang could use any eight or six to win the hand now and when the river showed a six, Yang became the champion. Lam came in second place, winning $4,840,981.
Jerry Yang was deemed the 2007 WSOP's main event champion, which landed him $8,250,000 and a handsome, gold WSOP bracelet. He's only been playing poker for two years now and the main event is the only tournament he's cashed from. Yang has pledged 10 percent of his winnings to multiple charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Feed the Children and the Ronald McDonald House.