Vietnamese woman "defeated" more than 455 opponents, w.inning more than 110 billion VND in the reality show Squid Game

Uyển ĐìnhDec 08, 2023 at 15:49

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By overcoming more than 455 opponents, the 55-year-old woman of Vietnamese origin successfully "carried" 4.56 million USD (more than 110 billion VND). This information quickly attracted international media attention. This is the largest prize in game show history in the world.

Squid Game: The Challenge - a reality show that borrows the format of Squid Game "caused a fever" on social networks after airing on November 22. On December 7, the final episode of Squid Game: The Challenge - a reality show that borrows its appeal from the Korean blockbuster Squid Game, officially aired.

After a series of missions, the program finally found the w.inning player. That is Mai - a 55-year-old woman of Vietnamese origin with shirt number 287 from Fairfax (Virginia, USA).

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Mai Whelan is the lucky person who surpassed the remaining two opponents, Sam Lantz and Phill Cain, in the final game of chance to receive a cash amount of 4.56 million USD (more than 110 billion VND). Specifically, in the deciding part, the last two players must use rock, paper, scissors to choose the key to open the golden box.

Even though it was a game of chance, both Mai and Phill were extremely nervous as the reward was so big in front of them. The two held their breath to judge each other's moves, nervous each time the opponent won a turn and put the key in the lock. In the end, Mai was lucky enough to find the right key and conquer the giant prize.

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She was surprisingly happy and burst into tears hugging her opponent. "Today has proven that anything is possible. Even when you feel disappointed and scared, you have to pick yourself up, become a strong, highly focused person. No matter what fear you have, "Fight it with all your might, you will achieve everything. Tonight proved it. I am the winner," player number 287 shared.

W.inning Squid Game: The Challenge made Mai receive the attention of the media as well as international audiences. According to Esquire , her name is Mai Whelan (55 years old), from Virginia (USA) and is working as a visa reviewer at the Department of Homeland Security. This player shared on the program that she was born in Vietnam, came to America at the age of 8, is now married, has two daughters and a granddaughter.

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Vietnamese woman defeated more than 455 opponents, w.inning more than 110 billion VND in the reality show Squid Game - Photo 4

Mai confided that she had joined the navy and had an unexpected pregnancy at the age of 19, causing her family to disown her. Events in her life made this woman stronger and more determined. In the player profile posted by Netflix, Mai shared that she likes gardening and traveling. If she wins, she wants to find a house for herself to retire.

In episode 9, she recounts her experiences in her first days living in America. "I will never forget the moment I was held at gunpoint in America. That motivated me to become stronger," Mai said.

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According to Netflix information, Mai works as an immigration judge. Before that, she worked in the US Navy. Outside of work, the 55-year-old woman is passionate about gardening and traveling. Mai shares her huge bonus to buy a house after retirement.

Mai's opponents have a lot of survival experience, with Phill Cain (player 451, 27 years old, scuba diving instructor) and Sam Lantz (player 016, artist). The players are all said to be strong in strategy and skills when facing many difficult games in the reality show Squid Game.

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Squid Game: The Challenge is a reality show simulating the global hit movie. The game show imitates everything from the setting, costumes, game rules to the games in the game. Players can explore their personal stories, be ready to betray, and strategize like a real battle for survival.

According to CBC , contestants face pressure no different than in movies because the prize m.oney is too large and the rules of the game are strict. Player 273 Johnson said that in the game Red Light, Green Light, players had to record in subzero weather in England. Even though the opening game only shows for a few minutes, players actually have to record for many hours.

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