- Over 6.2 Million in tournament winnings
- Winner of 9 tournaments including WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars
- Over 100 career cashes
Born September 10, 1980 in Irvine, California, Nam entered a family with a penchant for card games. Quite possibly one of the most underrated players on the tournament circuit, Nam has quietly built himself a resume most poker players would be envious of.
Nam’s good friend, Tuan Le, is credited for teaching him everything he knows about poker. When looking at Nam’s long list of results, and the company he currently keeps while travelling the circuit, one can only assume that he is a player evolving and improving with every step he takes.
Nam made a healthy living honing his skills playing cash games in the card rooms of Los Angeles, finally taking the plunge to tournament poker in 2004. His first cash came in February when he final-tabled event 5 at the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic earning him $12,330. Nam would go on to cash 7 times in 2004, including $152,468 for a 6th place finish at the WPT Five-Diamond, World Poker Classic in Las Vegas.
In 2005 Nam cashed 18 times, including 3 World Series of Poker pay-outs. His biggest score of 2005 was $147,925 for winning the $1500 No Limit Hold ‘em event at the Bellagio Festa Al Lago IV in Las Vegas. He also took home $110,550 for winning the $300 No Limit Hold ‘em event at the Legends of Poker in LA.
As good as his first 2 years on the tournament trail had been, 2006 was to be Nam’s break-out year. He cashed 19 times in 2006, including 5 WSOP cashes. He also made 10 final tables and won 2 events including his biggest score to date. Nam outlasted 517 other players to claim the first place prize of $1,198,300 in the WPT Main Event at the Bay 101 Shooting Stars.
2007 saw Nam cash 20 times, including 6 final table appearances and 1 first place finish totalling over $900,000. 2008 was yet another bumper year for Nam, finishing 2nd at the WPT Festa Al Lago in Las Vegas earning him $943,215. He won the APPT Macau High-Rollers event for HK$3,700,000(US$473,915) and came 4th in the main event at the L.A. Poker Classic for a further $411,770.
2009 to 2011 were a little quieter by Nam’s standards, cashing 29 times in 3 years, including 9 results in the WSOP and 4 final table appearances in Macau.
Nam currently resides in Huntington Beach, California, but can be found in L.A., Las Vegas, the Caribbean, Europe, Australia, Manila, Macau or wherever a juicy game is found.