San Francisco man wins second place in World Series of Poker tournament

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A man is $8 million richer after defeating a San Francisco resident in a World Series of Poker tournament early Wednesday morning. (KGO-TV)

A man named Qui Nguyen is $8 million richer after winning big in the World Series of Poker tournament early Wednesday morning.

Gordon Vayo, 27, a poker pro was all smiles after being edged out in the World Series of Poker main event by Nguyen, a 39-year-old immigrant from Vietnam.

Vayo won $4.6 million for coming in second place.

"Vayo is dominated. Qui Nguyen with his best shot yet. The river card is a three and that's going to do it. This epic battle is over," an announcer said.

Ngyuen and Vayo went head-to-head for eight hours, with their chips rising and falling. In the end, it was a pair of kings that earned him that $8 million grand prize.

Both competitors are great stories as Nguyen is a former nail salon owner in Alaska. His previous biggest win was just $9,000.

Vayo is an Illinois native who is now living in San Francisco and started playing poker at age 16.

Vayo just got engaged, so his winnings will help pay for a nice honeymoon.
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