After only playing poker for a couple of years, Jerry Yang became the champion at the World Series of Poker in 2007. Yang has now written a entitled All In, in which he recounts both his poker career and his childhood.
Bill's Thoughts on All In:
Jerry Yang is a personable, generous, and humble fellow who busted the planet's best poker players at the World Series of Poker in 2007.
This was an unlikely outcome, since Mr. Yang had only been playing poker for a couple of years when he scaled the heights of the poker world.
In All In, Jerry Yang (with Mark Tabb) recounts in alternating chapters the story of his childhood, which began in Laos and included four years in a refugee camp in Thailand, and the story of his ascent to that final poker table in 2007. It's a strange and entertaining mix, and Yang is an intriguing character. He's sure God has taken care of him, he prays at the poker table, and he has contributed a considerable portion of his winnings to organizations that help people as needy as Yang and his family once were.
He's also superstitious, and when he was dealt double aces seven times on July 7th, 2007, he found himself thinking "God was telling me something."
And perhaps He was. Yang won all the marbles.
This segment aired on August 13, 2011.