Yen Dang Wins 2012 Ladies Poker World Championship (Event #51)
Las Vegas, NV (July 1, 2012) – It very well may go down as the most exciting day in poker history.
1. Three World Series of Poker gold bracelet winners.
2. The 2012 Ladies World Poker Championship.
3. Two 3,000-plus player fields.
4. And, the biggest buy-in poker tournament in the history of the world.
These were the headlines coming out of the Rio Las Vegas on Sunday.
If those we the headlines, then one of stars was clearly Yen Dang, from Denver, CO. The 29-year-old Vietnamese-born professional poker player won the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament, otherwise known as the 2012 “Ladies Poker World Championship."
Dang defeated a diverse lineup of 936 players, many of whom came to Las Vegas specifically to participate in this event. The ladies-only tournament began in 1978 and is designed to celebrate and encourage women in the game of poker.
Dang pocketed the handsome sum of $170,587 in prize money. She was also presented with her first WSOP gold bracelet.
Dang discovered poker while attending college She was going to law school, when she found another passion in home games and casinos located in Colorado. She quickly discovered an aptitude for the game and has been playing full-time for about five years.
Note: A more comprehensive official report of this tournament, with much more news and official data, will be posted soon to WSOP.com.
-- by Nolan Dalla