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United Airlines Doctor David Dao, a Pro Poker Player; ‘Made a Killing’ at World Series of Poker

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Dr. David Dao, the passenger who was forced off a United Airlines flight at O’Harre international Airport on Monday was a successful professional poker player 10 years ago. Meanwhile, the man’s medical license was suspended in Kentucky.

David Dao of Elizabethtown, Kentucky embarked on his professional poker journey in July 2006. This was one year after his medical license was revoked due to multiple convictions for illegally subscribing painkillers.

Dao was physically removed from the United flight by security officials. His mouth was bloodied because of the incident.

Dao killed it at Poker

In his poker career, Dao assembled a total of $234,664 in winnings. The doctor mainly played no-limit Texas Hold-em during that span, as shown on his profile page in WSOP.

Dao, in his first-ever appearance on the pro circuit, took 15th place at an event at Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino. Hence, the man 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. However, 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.

Meanwhile, in almost 11 years of playing professional poker, 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.

Dao breaks silence over incident

Dr. David Dao’s attorney released a statement to CNBC on Tuesday. The statement mentioned that Dao and his family are very appreciative of the outpouring of prayers, concern and support.

“Currently, they are only focused on Dr. Dao’s medical care and treatment,” Stephen L. Golan, Chicago attorney stated. Meanwhile, United Airlines issued multiple statements on Tuesday after footage of the incident went viral on social media. CEO Oscar Munoz called the event upsetting and offered his apology in a statement tweeted by United.

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