Tommy Hang, who has been playing poker professionally for over 10 years, played low-stakes poker till a bad beat jackpot gave his poker bankroll a boost. Now 34 years old, Hang resides at Seattle in Washington.
Once he mustered the courage to play high-stakes poker, he began experimenting with mixed games and soon became an expert. At the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2008, he finished in the third position in the $10,000 buy-in Limit Hold’em tournament and won $194,674. He then finished as the runner-up of the $1,500 buy-in HORSE tournament and won $158,933.
At WSOP 2012, he finished in the third place in the $2,500 buy-in 10-game mixed poker tournament and won a prize of $97,884. The following year, he finished 13th while playing the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players’ Championship and took home a prize of $128,620. In WSOP 2014, Hang won his first WSOP bracelet and a prize of $230,744 while playing the $1,500 buy-in HORSE tournament.
When he is not playing live poker tournaments, Hang plays high-stakes poker games at Las Vegas and Los Angeles. He also spends a lot of time with his family in Washington.
Recently, Hang shared some little-known facts about his life with Card Player. In an interview with Julio Rodriguez of Card Player, he spoke about his early poker playing days. He said that he played a lot of recreational poker while majoring in business administration at the University of Washington. He then played low-stakes poker till a bad beat jackpot worth $100k changed his life. He got friendly with Chris Shaler and went to the Los Angeles based Commerce Casino with him to play high-stakes poker for the first time.
Playing poker became a career for Tommy Hang only in 2004. He used to work as a mortgage broker in those days and flew to Las Vegas or Los Angeles for one or two weeks every month to play poker.
When asked about his association with mixed games, he said that he began by watching other players playing the $400/$800 and the $100/$200 eight-game mix tournaments, which PokerStars had just introduced. He then began by playing $100/$200 mixed games.
Hang knows all variants of poker, but doesn’t call any of them his “best game.” He says: “I really don’t think I have a best game. Honestly, my best game is whatever my opponent’s worst game is. I’ve gotten really good at exploiting the weakness in the other player’s games.”