Another record setting field at the 2008 World Series of Poker saw a former dealer capture his first gold bracelet. Thang Luu, who now plays professionally in Las Vegas, outlasted a field of 833 players to earn the first place prize of $243,342 in Event #6 ($1,500 Omaha Eight-or-better).
Luu completely appreciates the importance of the win.
“Winning a World Series of Poker title is very special. You know, now they look at your differently. Everyone knows who you are,” said Luu. “This is just the start. I have to play again Sunday (in the next Omaha High-Low event). I am running pretty good in Omaha right now”.
The previous record for an Omaha Eight-or-better event was last year’s $1,500 buy-in event which attracted 690 players. The runner-up was Spencer Lawrence from London, England. He took home $156,344.
Luu, also known by his nickname "Tiger", believes his loose-aggressive style was the difference maker for him as the final table progressed.
“I like to play every hand. I don’t miss any hands, especially when I am playing heads up. I might check in a few spots. But I play every hand (and try to keep my opponent guessing).”
Luu has three other WSOP cashes to his credit, including a runner-up finish in the $2,000 buy-in Omaha Eight-or-better and a third place finish in the Casino Employees event in 2005.