Celebrity chef and restauranteur David Chang was a contestant on the most recent season of ABC’s popular gameshow Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Chang went on the show to try to raise money for his charity, Southern Smoke Foundation, which is a crisis relief organization benefitting food and beverage industry workers who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chang ended up making a run to the final question, at which point he had a choice of taking the $500,000 he had already won or essentially risking it all to go for the $1 million top prize. If he were to go for it and answer incorrectly, he would only walk away with $32,000.
“I’m a gambling man, and shame on me if this is wrong, but I’m doing this because having a million dollars right now, in this moment, is a game-changer for many families,” said Chang while debating going for it.
Check out a video clip of the final moments, posted by the official Who Wants To Be A Millionaire account:
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Professional poker player and coach Kevin Rabichow took to social media after to praise Chang’s approach to the decision.
“He jokes many times in this clip (and on Twitter, afterwards) about his gambling problem paying off, but really he does all the right things that are so easy to get wrong in a game show!” said Rabichow in a Twitter post. “Notice when Kimmel quotes that in 20 years no celebrity has won $1 million on this show. Chang immediately asks how many of them got the final question wrong. He recognizes that almost nobody would risk losing $468,000 if they were unsure of the answer. But he trusts his lifeline!”
“Additionally, he says the game plan coming into this show was to go for $1m. The top prize is not only a donation for the hospitality industry but also the added recognition and attention they will get from the excitement of winning,” Rabichow said later in the thread. “He sees that he’s playing for more than $1 million.”
According to a 2014 tweet from longtime World Series of Poker broadcaster Lon McEachern, Chang is a “big poker fan, and a decent player too.”