If it looks like Danny Tang came from nowhere to suddenly playing the highest level of poker, then you aren’t mistaken. He did. His family originated from Hong Kong, but Tang was mostly brought up in the U.K. where he attended from elementary school through college. As a young boy, Tang loved to play soccer, which he actively participated in through college along with a few other hobbies including MMA, clubbing and late-night drinks at the betting house. The drinking that occasionally led to table games which Tang quickly realized to be an improbable way to succeed. One day he strayed away from the blackjack tables into the poker hall where he found a game where he could actually win or atleast lose more slowly. In the beginning Tang didn’t start out with big dreams, he hoped that he might make a simple living out of playing £1/£1 no-limit cash games. Later he learned about tournament poker. Danny Trang plays online poker at GGNetwork, PokerSuperAgent.com offers access to GGNetwork through SnailPoker – Contact us to open an account and start playing!
Starting out, Tang went to an event which had a guaranteed prize pool of £150,000 and he became fascinated. In May of 2016, Tang kicked the door open at the WPT National UK achieving a second place and clearing a sum of $130,263. It was like a dream come true for him. He hadn’t even fantasized about that kind of money before. After the big score he decided, „OK, I’m going to take this seriously now“
He requested Charlie Carrel, who at the time was the one of the biggest names in poker, to take him under his wing. Carrel accepted without hesitation.
I think not enough amateurs or new professionals invest enough money into getting better and studying or even finding a coach,“ spoke Tang „All they wanna do is just keep playing, playing and hopefully get better but it doesn’t work like that. If this is what you’re going to do, it’s like paying for add-on courses like you would for any industry to try to get better. It’s the same in the poker world.“
Tang wasn’t finished. One evening after seeing Hong Kong’s Winfred Yu, president and CEO of Poker King Club in Macau, he knew that he had to get in touch with him. He planned to mingle with the poker community to advertise himself to Yu and obtain a sponsorship contract. „That’s the main reason why I went back to Asia and met a lot of different Asian friends and a lot of them actually play poker,“ spoke Tang „I would never have guessed how big the poker market is in Asia. And that was probably the best decision I’ve ever made in my entire life. Because honestly it changed my entire career.“
So all of the sudden, I found myself in the middle of the European community and the Asian community, and I get along with both sides“
At the hot off the press Barcelona EPT stage, the two worlds collided at the finales. His two buddies were the last men standing and competing against one-another for the title. One of them was Andy Chan (the eventual winner) from Hong Kong, one of his closest friends, and the other was Tang’s old-time partner from the U.K. Terence Etim (the runner-up). Chan from Hong Kong cleared €111,820/$123,793 and Tang’s other buddy Terence Etim walked away with €69,610/$77,064.
I was friend with like the whole rail, the Chinese side and the U.K. side and I loved it,“ commented Tang afterwards.
In the recent years after pulling off his big WPT triumph, Tang has been intensely firing up the poker world. His Hendon Mob profile outlines his persistent pace of climbing the ladders to the highest ranks. The succeeding of 2016 was just the start. The next year he aclaimed more success and brought home twice as much prize money than the year before. He brought in his following two six-figure prize pools. In the October of 2017 he came third at the ACOP Macau 10K High Roller bringing home $131K and elegantly finished the year winning the PokerStars Championship 10K in Prague and leaving with $449K
The year after in 2018, Tang supplemented his bank account with another $945K from 31 different tournaments of which three were six-figure scores. At the annual WSOP tournament in the beginning of summer he cleared $230K finishing at the 31st place. He took no vacations and continued from Las Vegas to Barcelona to place 13th in the €5,300 EPT Barcelona Main Event and banking $103K, topping the year off with the €10K EPT Praegue High Roller in December, for another $224K
In the subsequent year he rose besides the super high rollers and frequently proved his place among the best of the best. This year he is already making headlines by having already won three of his largest scores of his career along with two seven-figure scores and the highlight of his career so far: bringing home a WSOP bracelet in the $50,000 "Final Fifty" High Roller. "Obviously I'm at the peak of my career and in terms of like, Player of the Year rankings, GPI rankings, I've never been higher. I'm super honored to be in the position I'm in but fortunately and unfortunately I feel like poker is not the only part of my life." commented Tang after his biggest moment.
Tang, having been in a long-term relationship pictures himself traveling less and less for tournaments down the road. He ponders upon settling down and starting a family. "We're thinking about taking the next step of our relationship and I'm sure as a boyfriend and as a husband, if I get married, that I'll have to be responsible and probably end up traveling less for the circuit — which is a shame because I'm peaking as well but you gotta do what you gotta do," he said. "But I think I'll still be at a lot of the bigger stops like WSOP, Barcelona, the PSPC they just announced so I think I'll be here."
Tang is optimistic about his future and hopes to be able to bring his family with him and play only the biggest events instead of sweating at every tournament like he is at the moment. Tang, having lost his father as a child is very appreciative of his mother who has supported him for all his life.
"She's just like, 'Make sure you're drinking a lot of water.' 'Make sure you get enough sleep.' 'Make sure you hide your emotions, don't let your opponent read you.' I'm like, 'Mom, I'm a professional poker player, I'm gonna be having a poker face a lot of the time.' But she doesn't understand, she just cares for me you know, she just wants to make sure I'm okay."
Tang also has a very supportive brother who is always rooting for him even though he’s occupied with his own family with a newborn baby.
"I'm a terrible uncle," Tang admitted. "The baby is like 17 or 18 months now and I've only seen the baby three times. It's awful but you gotta sacrifice to be successful in my opinion." Now, being the latest ambassador for an online poker site Natural8 (GGNetwork), Tang has displayed himself well and made a place for himself in the high stakes of the poker world, loving every moment at the top.