Hung LaSat, 14 Jun 2008 23:30
A poker biography of Hung La.
Name - Hung La
Born - Not AvailablePoker Room - Not Available
Despite his storied career as one of the best poker players ever, there is not much known personal information about Hung La. Hailing from the city of Saigon in Vietnam, this player's trademark is excellent concentration and surprising aggressiveness at the poker table. Most people attribute his closeness to his cousin Men "The Master" Nguyen, another poker great, as one of the reasons for Hung La's success. Planning out strategies with his cousin may have been responsible for most of his poker victories.
Hung La's path towards success had been long and grueling. He spent a lot of his time honing his poker skills in money tournaments in card rooms across Los Angeles. By the year 1990, Hung La had enough confidence to enter poker tournaments. He registered his first victory at the 1998 California State Poker Championship where he entered the $300 limit Hold'Em competition.
However, it would take an additional two years before the name Hung La would become recognizable beyond Southern California. In the year 2000, the Vietnamese poker player made his mark by qualifying in a couple of money rounds. That same year, Hung La made it to the final table in the $500 limit Hold'Em competition.
His hard work finally paid off in 2002 when Hung La emerged as the best poker player in the 33rd World Series of Poker. For his feat, he pocketed P190,920. At the time, Hung La was still fresh from winning $380,000 as the champion of the LA Poker Classic. A year later, Hung La finished 2nd in the Limit Hold'Em and Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event of the LA Poker Classic.
In 2004, Hung La set his sights on making it to the Main Event of the World Poker Tour. He began his journey with a final table appearance at the Doyle Brunson North American Championship where he ended up at the top 5 and went home with a $120,000 cash prize. He followed it up with another final table appearance at the LA Poker Classic where he emerged third. He won a total cash prize of $444,312, which still stands as the biggest victory in his long and storied career. He bested other players such as Paul Maxfield who are still aching for a WPT bracelet.
Hung La currently resides in Manhattan Beach, California. Aside from poker, Hung La also indulges in basketball and volleyball. As of the year 2007, his talent in poker has given him $2,106,843 in total earnings. His current ProRank 1 placing is 2122. In addition, he is ranked 244th in the all time money list. When he is not busy with chips and cards, Hung La spends time with his family, which includes four children.
Hung La may be out of the poker limelight for the meantime but one thing is for sure, he will make a grand comeback and resume with winning ways. And when he does, his opponents better be prepared. His current streak of 55 money finishes can only go up. Hung La is the kind of player that the likes of Aaron Kanter and Patrick Antonius would idolize.