What's a WSOP Main Event winner to do these days? Seems as though for Jerry Yang, the answer is to be a stay-at-home poker champ. Yang couldn't fulfill his commitment to travel to Macau and take part in the Asian Pacific Poker Tour event that was just held there.
The reason was that Yang, as a naturalized refugee, needed a special visa to enter Hong Kong, the gateway to Macau and Mainland China. Yang found about the special requirement for his travel far too late to get the paperwork handled. Yang, a Laotian Hmong who spent four years in a Thai refugee camp, illustrates in this unfortunate incident that being a displaced citizen from a turbulent region brings about effects that are permanent and long-lasting.
As for the APPT Macau event, it had a good crew of stars on hand, Yang or not. Joe Hachem was one of three WSOP Main Event winners who did make the trip, and he and Liz Lieu were among several well-known names at the final table.