Tuan Lam is a professional poker player who hails from Vietnam in South East Asia. He was born on the 1st of January, 1966 when the country was at war with the United States of America. As a result, his entire childhood was ravaged with financial difficulties and hardships in the face of the economic downturn that the country faced due to the war and he grew up amidst all these difficulties. However, he wanted to escape from all the war time devastation ever since he was a little kid and as a result, he immigrated to Canada when he was 19 years old and he took up residence there. He began to play poker while he was staying in Toronto and learned all the skills and everything that are necessary to becoming a successful player. Before turning into a professional poker player, however, Tuan Lam worked as a manual labor for a heavy utilities company and earned his livelihood for many years like that.
Then, as he began to learn to play poker and showed immense skill in the game, he decided to quit his job and turn professional and once he did turn professional, there was no looking back for him. He shocked and amazed all those who were present by reaching the final table in the World Series of Poker event in 2007 and although he did not win the title, he was able to garner quite some fans and won his first pot of money at the event. It was then that Lam realized that he could build a career by playing poker and thus, he found a way to escape the financial hardships that had plagued him since his childhood. He has so far had three cash-ins in his career and his career earnings till date is a staggering $ 4,851,424, which is a huge bounty for someone who has been playing poker professionally for only three years now. He currently resides in Mississauga, in Ontario, Canada where he has built a house with the earnings from the tournaments and lives with his wife and two children.
The way Tuan Lam, after being born in a war ravaged country and facing all the difficulties that one could imagine has built up a career from scratch could be a motivation for hundreds of young people in many parts of the world and they could also learn to dream big.