|Born||5 December 1957|
|World Series of Poker|
Main Event finish
|Information accurate as of 25 February 2010.|
Tuan Anh Vu, (born December 5, 1957) better known as "Tommy" or "Tom" Vu is a Vietnamese-American poker player, real estate investor and speaker best remembered as an infomercial personality in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
His late night infomercial featured Vu surrounded by luxury items: mansions, yachts, expensive cars and most visibly, collections of young bikini clad women. He promoted his free 90-minute seminar to learn the same secrets he used to make millions. As a Vietnamese immigrant, he presented himself as the classic "rags to riches" story. His infomercials promoted free seminars that served as advertisements for paid seminars, the most expensive of which was a week-long seminar held only in Orlando, Florida that cost as much as $16,000. Vu's investment theory involved finding "distressed" properties: foreclosures, bankruptcies, divorces, tax liens, and selling them at a profit.
Professional poker career
Vu continues his parallel career as a tournament poker player. As of 2010, he has won more than $1,500,000 in casino poker tournaments, including a second place finish in a no limit Texas hold 'em event at the 2007 World Series of Poker and a 22nd place finish at the 2005 World Series of Poker championship event. His 4 cashes at the WSOP account for $678,633 of his lifetime tournament winnings.
References in popular culture
Vu and his infomercials and seminars have been parodied numerous times, including on the animated show Courage the Cowardly Dog, television shows In Living Color and Saturday Night Live and in the 2013 Michael Bay film Pain and Gain.  Vu was interviewed by Tom Arnold for his HBO comedy special Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth. Vu was also one of the subjects of Renee Tajima-Peña's documentary series about Asian Americans, MY AMERICA...(or Honk if You Love Buddha).
The character of "Johnny Wu" in the 2013 dark comedy Pain & Gain is loosely based on the character.
- Santich, Kate (May 24, 1992). "Tom Vu's Secrets Of Success". Orlando Sentinel.
- "Despite Florida Probe, Real Estate Promoter Tom Vu Still Wows Crowds". Los Angeles Times. February 16, 1992.
- World Series of Poker Tuan (Tommy) Vu information, worldseriesofpoker.com
- Hendon Mob Poker Database: Tuan "Tommy" Vu
- World Series of Poker Earnings, worldseriesofpoker.com
- Chapman, Art (April 5, 1991). "Arnold isn't funny when the Barr is closed". Fort Worth Star Telegram (The News and Courier).
- "ExEAS - MY AMERICA (OR HONK IF YOU LOVE BUDDHA)".
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