The wild story of two online poker stars who traded the high

There was a time when the name Urindanger inspired fear in even the most hardened high-stakes online pro.

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One of the most successful online poker players of all time, Di “Urindanger” Dang, together with brother Hac “Trex313” Dang, won over $10,000,000 on Full Tilt Poker alone during online poker’s halcyon days.

These days the Urindanger trương mục lies dormant, however, & Di has no plans lớn resurrect it any time soon.Instead Di and Hac moved all-in in a completely different venture: Restaurants.

The brothers opened up a crawfish boil-style joint called Chasin’ Tails in their home page state of Virginia.

It’s no easy feat opening a successful restaurant but Chasin’ Tails has turned inlớn a runaway hit with hundreds of near-perfect Review on Yelp. They"ve already opened two more locations with more on the way.

The Dang Brothers, Chasin" Tails

Di still enjoys the occasional turn at the tables & bought into $25k Pot-Limit Omaha championship at the WSOP. in Las Vegas. caught up with Di for a quiông chồng chat on the break.

Di Dang How much poker bởi you play these days?

Di Dang: I play a little bit on the side sometimes. I just came out lớn the Series because we have a week off from the restaurant.

PL: Do you still play online at all?

No. I don’t play online anymore.

PL: Is that weird? Do you miss it?

There’s good & bad to it. We’re trying to make it in another area now. So it’s a lot different. But of course you miss the days where you win a lot. You also hated the days where you lost a lot.

Overall it’s a probably a good thing I’m not playing anymore.

PL: How’s the restaurant business?

It’s going pretty well. We have sầu three restaurants now & we’re going to lớn have two more by the over of the year.

The Chasin" Tails ownership group.

It’s a lot busier & more hands on than we thought it would be originally. We just wanted to lớn open, figure out a way khổng lồ get people in there & then sit bachồng & relax. It has not worked out that way.

We’re all very hands on.

PL: What was it lượt thích transitioning from professional poker to running a restaurant?

I think a lot of the skills from poker really helped, to be completely honest.

You learn so much from playing poker. You have sầu khổng lồ have discipline, you have to lớn study & stay on top of your game, there are just so many things. A lot of people wouldn’t expect that the lessons you learn from it would carry on inlớn running a restaurant.

It’s really cool khổng lồ see the work we put inlớn poker actually help payoff in the restaurant as well.

PL: How does success in poker compare lớn seeing the great nhận xét for the restaurant?

Stacks on stacks... of crawfish.

It’s the same exact feeling. When we initially got some bad reviews we were really down on ourselves. It’s the same as taking a bad beat in poker. It just hurts a lot.

The good thing about running a restaurant is that you also get an extra reward that you don’t get in poker as much. We get to lớn see a lot of people’s lives improve sầu & stuff like that.

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Poker is more of a predatory pursuit. Everytoàn thân is just trying to win as much money as possible.

In restaurants we’re trying khổng lồ make it inkhổng lồ a team or a family thing. You feel like you’re bringing a little more value lớn the world.

PL: Do you feel lượt thích you got out of poker at just the right time?

Hac Dang back in the 2014 WSOPhường Main Event.

Yeah, honestly, I think that poker is on the decline. That’s probably why we got out but there are still good games.

A lot of my friends that are still in the game tell me about all these games and sometimes I’ll get the itch and want lớn go khổng lồ Macau & play with them or Shangnhì or wherever the biggest games are now.

But at the end of the day I think it’s for the best because it’s not going khổng lồ last forever. Everyone is getting so good now. Everyone is playing closer lớn perfect. There’s not as much of an edge anymore.

There are lot more bad days now.

PL: If a young poker player came up lớn & asked whether they should pursue poker full-time would you encourage them to lớn go a different direction?

I think so. All you have sầu left is a lot of sharks beating on each other. There’s not as much dead money as before. I don’t think it’s as profitable.

Some people will still make it though. Even if they started out tomorrow because they have the right work ethic, bankroll management, discipline & all that.

Generally it takes a lot more khổng lồ make it now. I would say most people wouldn’t make it now whereas bachồng in the day I was always pushing all my friends inlớn poker. I would teach them. It was so easy.

PL: All that said, bởi you still have fun when you play? Is it refreshing to lớn sit down at the poker table again?

Yeah. I’m jittery from not playing so long. I’m a lot more nervous now. This is a $25,000 tournament, which is a really big sự kiện, but baông xã in the day we played really high. We bought inkhổng lồ Macau for $250,000 one time.

A good day at the restaurant we work for eight hours and make like $5,000. That’s a pretty good day at our new restaurant.

This tournament feels like so much money now after being out of it for awhile. There’s a lot more pressure.

PL: Do you notice the màn chơi of play being much higher?

Di "Urindanger" Dang and Jens "Jeans89" Kyllonen in the $25k PLO

Definitely. There are not nearly as many people throwing their money away. I think the best players study a lot, watch videos và run simulations. We didn’t have sầu that lượt thích 6-7 years ago.

They are much more GTO . That’s the right word.

PL: I noticed you had Jens “Jeans89” Kyllonen on your left in the tournament today. Have you played hyên online before?

Oh wow. I didn’t know that was Jeans. I played with him a lot back in the day. He was one of the guys that played high-stakes a lot. That guy, he’s really good. I rethành viên he never had a losing month. I have a lot admiration for his game.

PL: Does your brother Hac still play at all?

He plays sometimes. He’s lượt thích me. He’s in the restaurant a lot now. Sometimes he’ll travel khổng lồ Canada và play a little bit but for the most part we are getting out of poker.

PL: Are you guys pretty hands-on with the restaurant on a day-to-day basis?

Yeah we’re pretty hands-on. A lot of times you’ll see Hac in the baông chồng scrubbing dishes. I’m not kidding. As well as taking out the trash, bussing tables và whatever needs lớn be done.

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That’s really good because it sets a good example for everyone else. We’re in the restaurant every day.That’s where our new lives are going.

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