Q&A: Thang Luu

June 01, 2009 - 07:47:16 PM EST  | 

Thang Luu receives his bracelet for his performance in outlasting 917 other places to win Event #3(Omaha 8 or Better)
In its first week, the 2009 World Series of Poker has had an event milestone already. Not only did Event #3 ($1,500 Omaha 8-or-better) break a WSOP record with 918 entrants, but the winner of the tournament, Thang Luu, won the bracelet for the second year in a row which made him only the second player in WSOP history to finish at the same event final table 3 years in a row - with the only other player to do that Johnny Chan.
 
You predicted the bracelet win on Day 2, what made you so confident going into Day 3?
 
Well, I played well the whole time. I folded when I had to, and I played every hand.

With this big win, you're considered to be the new king of hi-lo games. Do you think you can write books on the game now?
 
I cannot speak good, how could I even write a book?

Last year when you won the bracelet you said were going to use the money and go vacation in Vietnam. What will you do with this year's money?
 
This year I'm going back to Vietnam and buy another house with my winnings.

In the WSOP, you're insanely good at Hi-Lo games. What is it about your style of p
lay that makes you successful? This is Hi-Lo, not No Limit. Other players in this game wait for a big hand to come, but not me. I play every hand because every hand can win.

Does the big win today give you momentum going into next week's $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo World Championship?
Yeah, I'm going to try. There will be more good players next week so you have to change your strategy.

Are you going to be more confident when the event begins because you already have a bracelet this year?
Well, I'll be free-rolling, so why not?

What other events besides the Hi-Lo Championship are you planning to play this year?
Some Omaha and Stud mix events. The $2,500 2-7 Draw Lowball also.

And someone suggested that you're new nickname should be "Hi-Low Luu". Is that cool enough for you?
 
No. I just want to keep my nickname of Tiger and that's it. Tiger it is.

You're playing again Monday in Event #5 ($1,500 Pot Limit Omaha). Will you wear both of your bracelets at the table to scare everyone?
 
No. I never play with my bracelet on at the table. I don't want people to think I'm trying to show off what I've done. I don't want someone to see me play a bad hand and ask me why I won a bracelet if I play so bad.

 
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