Young Phan

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 22:41

Young Phan

A poker biography of Young Phan.

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Name - Young Phan

Born - 1958, Nha Trang, Vietnam

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In any industry or career, the road to success is often difficult, with lots of struggles and hindrances thrown in. Among the hundreds of professional poker players who have endured this road is Young Phan, a celebrity in the international poker circuit. Known as a quiet player at the poker table, Young's key traits to win against other players are determination and concentration.

Born in Nha Trang, Vietnam, Young came to the US with aims of seeking a better future. However, life in the States proved to be no better than the life he left behind in Vietnamn, for he went through a series of hardships just to be able to survive and finish his education. He studied hard and attended school twelve hours a day to further improve his English. With a strong determination to finish his studies, Young finally graduated from California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo.

Right after his college graduation, Young worked as a casino supervisor at the Bicycle Casino. It was during his stay at the Casino where he was first introduced to poker games. As Young worked in the casino, he learned a lot by observing top poker players that frequently played at the casino's poker table. One of his great career inspirations is poker icon Johnny Chan, who is well-known for his high-stake game preferences and unreadable gameplays. From then on, Young started to play and win at low-limit poker games. As his skills with cards improved, he decided to play as a professional poker player. The more Young played, the greater he realized that he was actually earning more money in playing than supervising a casino. Young's chosen career as a pro poker player proved to be very successful as he already won a series of distinguished international poker events. Among Young's big poker tour wins include the 2005 WSOP, Event 28, $5,000 Limit Hold'em where he took home more than $35,000; the 2005 WSOP, Event 37, $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em with re-buys; and the 2006 WSOP, Event 4, Limit Hold'em event.

Meanwhile, Young kept his profession from his family for a long time because he was scared that his family won't readily accept the fact that he was playing card games for a living. Young also did not inform his family about his big win of more than $300,000 in 1999. However, his cover was blown when he appeared for a television interview on the Discovery Channel. Since then, Young's family has slowly accepted the nature of his career.

Unlike other boastful and annoying players at the table, Young is well-acclaimed among his peers for his no-nonsense poker skills. For him, poker is not gambling but an honest profession. He treats it as business and he works really hard to improve his play. Although he is usually a talkative and an outgoing person outside a casino, he often adopts a serious and reticent attitude whenever he is at the table. Even after 17 years of playing professional poker, Young is still an active figure in various international poker events. With his determined and serious attitude at the table, Young Phan truly deserves to be in the list of top-notch high-stake cash-game players in the international poker arena.