WSOPeople: Thang Luu

by , Jun 1, 2009 | 12:35 am

Thang Luu (pronounced “Tang”) just took down the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo … and while normally an Asian dude winning a smallish mixed game bracelet would hardly merit more than polite applause, this win is truly impressive because Luu won the same event in 2008, and took second place in its nearest equivalent — $2,000 OHL — in 2007.

The last player to do something similar — booking back-to-back same-event bracelets — was Johnny Chan, who won the WSOP main event in 1987 and 1988 … and then took 2nd place in 1989.

ALT HED: Luu, Thang Clan Ain’t Nothin’ Ta Fu-k Wit

UPDATE: I wasn’t entirely correct about Johnny Chan. Yes, he was the last one to get two 1sts and a 2nd in three years, but here’s the complete list of back-to-back WSOP champions:

Johnny Moss — $10,000 World Championship (1970-1971)
Lakewood Louie — $5000 Limit 5-Card Draw High (1978-1979)
Bones Berland — $500 7-Card Stud (1978-1979)
Doyle Brunson — $10,000 World Championship (1976-1977)
Stu Ungar — $10,000 World Championship (1980-1981)
Johnny Chan — $10,000 World Championship (1987-1988)
Susie Issacs — $1000 Women’s Seven-Card Stud (1996-1997)
Nani Dollison — $1,000 Women’s Mixed Stud/Hold’em (2000-2001)
Thang Luu — $1,500 Omaha High-Low Split (2008-2009)

NOTE: Be sure to read the comments for the “more complete” list of back-to-back champions.

5 Comments to “WSOPeople: Thang Luu”

  1. Kevin Mathers

    He was the first male to win bracelets in back to back years since (edit: Phil Hellmuth), so he has that going for him.

  2. Poker Shrink

    Between Lakewood Louie and Bones Berland, you forgot Ratface Rizzo in (what else) Razz.

  3. DanM

    See, what was Joan Rivers talking about? Poker players have two names!

  4. Kevin Mathers

    One you forgot to add, Hellmuth won 5k Limit Holdem events in back to back years (1992 and 1993). Props goes to The 6th Wilbury on the PokerRoad forums for that one.

  5. Short-Stacked Shamus

    There was a $1,500 O/8 event in 2007 (won by Alex Kravchenko).

    Moss didn’t technically win a $10K NLHE freezeout in 1970.

    Also, I suppose Bill Boyd deserves a mention here — he won the only five-card stud tournament at the WSOP four straight years (1971-74), though the buy-ins varied. In fact, they dropped five-card stud afterwards, so I think Boyd might be the only player to have any WSOP bracelets in 5CS.