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    Jerry Yang

ISBN: 9781605421889

All In

by: Jerry Yang

With Mark Tabb

Jerry Yang was flipping through the channels one evening in 2005 when he stumbled upon the World Series of Poker on ESPN. Having never seen or played the game before, he was instantly hooked. Two years later, Jerry won $8.2 million at the WSOP final table.

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Jerry Yang, the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event champion, is a psychologist and former social worker. A graduate of Pacific Union College with a master’s degree in health psychology from Loma Linda University, Jerry worked with at-risk children for several years in Southern California. After winning over $8 million at the WSOP, Jerry promptly donated over $800,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House, and Feed The Children. In the year following his victory, he raised another $700,000 through his charity poker events. Married and the father of six, Jerry resides near Fresno, California. All In is Jerry’s first book.
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With Mark Tabb

Jerry Yang was flipping through the channels one evening in 2005 when he stumbled upon the World Series of Poker on ESPN. Having never seen or played the game before, he was instantly hooked. Two years later, Jerry won $8.2 million at the WSOP final table.

An amateur poker player winning the sport’s most prestigious event makes headlines, but Yang’s story placed him at the forefront of media attention. Having survived a childhood in the killing fields of Southeast Asia and a Thai refugee camp, Yang found academic and personal success in the slums of Nashville, Kansas City, and Fresno. When Jerry watched poker for the first time, he promised his wife when he won the WSOP championship he’d use the money for good—and he did just that, giving over $800,000 to charities benefitting children around the world.

All In dramatically intertwines poker champion Jerry Yang’s amazing life from his early days in a Hmong village to surviving the treacherous journey to Thai refugee camp to the key hands from the 2007 World Series of Poker. The two work together in this page-turning true story that will leave you cheering as Jerry overcomes impossible odds to become a champion in poker and in life.

* Also included: “Jerry’s Winning Poker Strategies.”

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ISBN: 9781605421889
Publisher: Medallion Press Inc.
Publish Date: 2011
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STARRED REVIEW “A story of ultimate personal triumph.” ~ Mary Frances Wilkens, Booklist (June 1, 2011)

“All In is a fascinating story of a man determined to improve himself and improving his world along the way. Very much recommended.” ~ Midwest Book Reviews (August 2011)

“An intriguing play-by-play account of the cards he was dealt, both as a villager in the mountains of Laos and Thailand and as an unassuming contender for the WSOP championship bracelet. . . . Yang is proof that the American dream is alive and well for those who have the tenacity to pursue it.” ~ Hmong Today (July 2011)

“. . . readers of All In will find themselves rooting for Yang. He seems like a genuinely nice guy who survived an unbelievably hellish childhood to become not just a poker champion but a psychologist and philanthropist.” ~ Adam Stemple, Rain Taxi Review of Books