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United Passenger David Dao Won Thousands on Pro Poker Tour

David Dao looks on as he plays poker during the World Series of Poker. (PokerNews)

The passenger who was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight embarked on a successful professional poker career over 10 years ago.

David Dao of Elizabethtown, Kentucky joined the professional poker circuit in July 2006 one year after his medical license was suspended in Kentucky for illegally prescribing painkillers.

Dao was physically removed from a United flight by security officials and his mouth was bloodied as a result.

Attorney Stephen L. Golan of Golan Christie Taglia released a statement on behalf of the Dao family. It said that his client remained hospitalized for his injuries in Chicago as of April 11. The family is “appreciative” of the support they have received since the incident occurred April 9.

In his poker career, Dao has amassed total winnings of $234,664, his player profile showed. He’s primarily played no-limit Texas Hold-em during that span.

In his first-ever appearance on the pro circuit, Dao took 15th place at an event at Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino. The buy-in was $200 and he walked away with $326 in winnings.

The most Dao ever won in a World Series of Poker tournament was $117,744 when he placed second during an event at Harrah’s Tunica in Mississippi in 2009.

The buy-in at the tournament was $5,150 and it was won by Kai Landry.

On the final hand of the tournament, Dao was called all-in by Landry. Dao had a royal flush draw on the board and needed a diamond to win the hand. But the final card was a Six of Spades, and Landry went home as the victor.

Dao also played in the 39th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event Championship in 2008 at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The tournament had a $10,000 buy-in, and Dao took 453rd place. He won his second-highest prize to date in the tournament, traveling back to Kentucky with $27,020.

In Event 59 at the 2012 World Series of Poker, Dao took 410th place and won $1,830. The buy-in for the tournament was $1,000 and it was won by Dominik Nitsche, who pocketed $654,797.

In the almost 11 years he’s been playing poker professionally, Dao has participated in 17 tournaments.

The most recent one he took part in was in January at the Horseshoe Tunica Hotel and Casino. The tournament had a $365 buy-in and Dao took 11th place, taking home $1,191 in winnings.

Prior to that, Dao played in the 47th Annual World Series of Poker In June 2016 at Rio Casino. With a buy-in of $888, Dao took 30th place and won $19,947.

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5 comments

  1. The US airport staff is not going to be suing for $$$ kazillions, so they’re not on notice. This guy is! Now I don’t even believe his mouth was bloodied. It wasn’t bloodied when he was being pulled down the aisle. Barely, if anything, but the photos make it look like he was pretty beat up.Probably some red dye he had in his pocket or ketchup packets. What’s this guy’s immigration status? You couldn’t even understand him. INVESTIGATION PLEASE!

  2. Is this the same Dr. Dao, or a different Dr. Dao who is also a poker player. I’m really confused by all the mix-up.

    “This Doctor from the plane, and the one convicted of drug offences, are not the same man, they have misidentified him as Dr. David Anh Duy Dao. Dr. David Thanh Duc Dao is his actual name and it should be known that this man is innocent of the allegations.”

    • “Dr. Dao’s entry into the World Series Of Poker circuit happened one year after his medical license was supposedly suspended due to him allegedly trading prescription drugs for sex. “