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Minh Ly


Minh Ly Minh Ly started in poker the way many 'would be' poker players did, he packed his bags and headed for Las Vegas; only his journey was a bit longer than most. He was born in Vietnam and came to the U.S. in 1986 with the goal of playing poker professionally. When he arrived in Las Vegas, he worked two jobs while developing his poker skills, one as a dealer in a casino, the other as a cook in a Chinese food restaurant. He started out playing low limit cash games and worked at it for over 5 years before he gained the confidence to move up to higher stakes.

While reaching his comfort zone at the "Big Game" $4,000/$8,000 at the Bellagio, he received some encouragement from none other than Doyle Brunson himself. Brunson suggested to Minh Ly that he work on his tournament game; he took that advice and began cashing on many subsequent tournaments. He finished 3rd at the 2001 WSOP $3,000 Limit Texas Hold’em event. In 2002, Ly made final table of the WSOP Main Event.

In 2005, he took 2nd in the WSOP $5,000 Short-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event, just missing his first WSOP gold bracelet. This turned out to be an historic event, for not only Minh Ly, but for his friend and mentor Doyle Brunson. Doyle took first in that event and claimed his 10th WSOP gold bracelet tying him with Johnny Chan and Phil Hellmuth, for the most bracelets won in the history of the WSOP. The irony in his poker life did not end there: fittingly, his greatest poker success to date, is his first place finish in the WPT Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship in 2005. He took home just over $1 million. He is still close friends with Brunson. 

His total live tournament winnings total more than $3.8 million. 

Minh Ly Fun Facts and Finishes

  • He is regarded by many as one of the top cash game players around.
  • Ly's total live tournament winnings exceed $2.4 million.
  • In 2005, won the WPT Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship taking home just over $1 million.
  • In 2005, finished 2nd in the WSOP $5,000 Short-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event
  • In 2002, finished 9th in the WSOP Main Event
  • As of 2006, Ly's total live tournament winnings exceed $2,300,000.