Tuan Lam

Birthdate: January 1, 1966 Birthplace: Vietnam Resides: Toronto, Canada

Tuan Lam is a real rags to riches poker story. Born during the war in Vietnam, Lam emmigrated to Canada at the age of 19, where he worked as a labourer at a metal plant in Ontario before turning his poker hobby into a profession.

A 42-year-old father of two, Lam only started playing poker with friends from his metal plant a few years ago, but soon turned professional and set his sights on the World Series of Poker tournaments in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tuan Lam is primarily a cash game specialist, playing at his local casino in Ontario, as well as in high-stakes limit hold’em games online.

However, it was his showing at the 2007 World Series of Poker (WSOP) that catapulted him into the spotlight on the professional poker circuit.

World Series of Poker

Tuan Lam finished in the money during his first appearance at the World Series of Poker in 2005, when he finished 76th in one of the No-Limit Hold’em events for $3 290.

The following year he cashed a second time, claiming 46th position and $7 153 in the 2006 WSOP Shootout – Limit Hold’em event.

But Lam’s true moment of glory came at the 2007 World Series, when he made the final table at the $10 000 World Championship No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. Tuan Lam would finish as runner-up to eventual champion Jerry Yang, pocketing over $4.8 million in prize money, having won less than $20 000 in his poker career prior to entering the tournament.

Tuan Lam is currently 8th on the World Series of Poker All-Time Money List and 2nd on Canada’s All-Time List of Money Winners.