Versatile NLHE expert proves that online cash games are a viable training ground for live tournaments.
David Yan's Biography
David Yan, aka omgclaydol, has worked his way up through the poker ranks to become one of the most promising young players in the game. The New Zealand native was first introduced to the game by friends during grade school and started out playing micro-stakes home games.
In time, one of David's home game buddies started to find success online and it inspired him to try to improve his own game. He started with a small deposit and began playing $1 sit-and-go's, $2NL and $5NL cash games. He began to grow his bankroll and realized the game had great profit potential.
In 2011, David began attending the University of Auckland to study Commerce and the Arts. His college career would last a single year as he decided to take a year off to pursue a career in poker. That decision would prove to be extremely profitable.
David first began to make international poker headlines in 2013 after making the final table of the Aussie Millions Main Event. He ultimately finished sixth and earned $232,254. Later that year, David finished third at the APPT London Main Event, earning $119,912.
David came close to winning his first WSOP bracelet in 2014 when he finished runner-up in the A$ 25,000 High Roller at the WSOP Asia Pacific. He earned $314,669 for that finish, the largest score thus far in his career.
David continued his success in high roller events in 2015, including a 5th place finish in the EPT Prague €25,000 High Roller. That score added an additional $167,000 to his bankroll.
Most recently, David took down an A$ 1,150 NL Six-Max preliminary event at Aussie Millions for just over $80,000. He currently has over $1.58 million in live tournament earnings. That puts him 2nd on New Zealand’s All-Time Money List.
David also has over $829,000 in online tournament earnings with his best finish coming in the Sunday 500 back in May 2013. He took down the event and $88,544 in prize money.
When not grinding live and online poker tournaments, David can be found dominating Zoom Poker. He regularly plays four to eight Zoom tables at a time at either $200 NL or $500 NL.
David also brings his talents to Ivey League. He hopes to teach players how to win at tournaments and cash games. David believes that one of his best coaching qualities is the ability to explain concepts in a clear and concise manner.