Over the course of the first six years of his professional poker career - spanning 2004 through 2010 - Nam Le has managed to rack up an astounding 92 live tournament cashes (9 of which were first place finishes), and nearly $6M in winnings. Snagging his first WPT title in 2006, the accolade is almost certain to be one of many prestigious awards this quietly aggressive poker pro
will attain in his lifetime.
Coming into this world in 1980, Nam Le was born in Irvine, California. The cousin of high stakes poker
player and two-time WPT champion Tuan Le
, Nam Le received an enviable introduction to, and education on, playing poker professionally.
While his cousin's teachings provided a strong foundation for Nam's career, Nam Le's personal trials in the world of tournament poker have helped him grow into one of the most consistent and prolific players in the game today. In 2004, Nam Le made four WPT final tables, including a 6th place finish in the Five-Diamond World Poker Classic WPT Main Event, and earned $277,738.
2005 was an extraordinary year for Nam, finishing in the money 20 times, with 4 first place victories. Repeating his success in 2005, another 20 cashes in a variety of tournaments included a $1,172,800 win in the Bay 101 Shooting Star WPT No Limit Hold'em that earned Nam the coveted WPT title. Nam also picked up 5 of those cashes in WSOP events, including a finish just shy of snagging the gold bracelet in the $2000 No Limit Hold'em event.
Twenty more "in the money" tournament finishes in 2007 reinforced Nam Le's proficiency and unfailingly consistent performance at the felt. 2008 was another great year for Nam Le, winning the APPT Macau No Limit High Rollers, and nearly claiming a second WPT title at the Festa Al Lago WPT Season 7 Championship. However, when Nam Le shoved all-in on the final hand, his AQ crumbled under Bertrand "ElkY" Grosspellier's pocket tens, which grew to trips on the flop. Nam left with a substantial 2nd place prize of $943K.
Things slowed a bit for Nam Le in the 2009 poker tournament
season, though he did land two second place finishes at the Asian Poker Tour. But Nam turned it back around in 2010, with 4 cashes in the WSOP, 2 money finishes in WPT events that included a 3rd place score, and a 3rd place in the APPT Macau Heads Up No Limit Hold'em event.