|Born||5 December 1957|
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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 2017, he has won more than $1,975,000 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 10 cashes at the WSOP account for over $850,000 of his lifetime tournament winnings.
References in popular culture
Vu and his infomercials and seminars have been parodied numerous times, including on the animated series Courage the Cowardly Dog, King of the Hill, Beavis and Butt-head and Family Guy, TV sketch shows In Living Color and Saturday Night Live, the 1995 Troma film Blondes Have More Guns, Martin Scorsese's film The Wolf of Wall Street and in the 2013 Michael Bay film Pain & 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). On March 24, 2017, Bill Maher used a clip of Vu from one of his old infomercials during a New Rule segment on his show Real Time with Bill Maher.
- Santich, Kate (24 May 1992). "Tom Vu's Secrets Of Success". Orlando Sentinel.
- Shiver Jr., Jube (16 February 1992). "Despite Florida Probe, Real Estate Promoter Tom Vu Still Wows Crowds". Los Angeles Times.
- World Series of Poker Tuan (Tommy) Vu information
- Hendon Mob Poker Database: Tuan "Tommy" Vu
- Righi, Len (5 April 1991). "No Laughing Matter Arnold, Emo Specials Are Disappointing". The Morning Call.
- "ExEAS - MY AMERICA (OR HONK IF YOU LOVE BUDDHA)".
- "New Rule: Trump and the Long Con". Real Time with Bill Maher. March 24, 2017.
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