Christian Pham Leads Final 27 of World Series of Poker Main Event – PokerNews.com

If Christian Pham’s poker career got turned into a movie, it would probably get panned for being too much of a fairy tale, too hard to believe.

His first incredibly improbable moment came into 2015, when he claims to have accidentally registered for $1,500 2-7 Single Draw at the World Series of Poker when he meant to register for $1,500 Limit Hold’em. All he did was defeat a field of 219 and win a bracelet, overcoming the likes of Mike Leah, Robert Mizrachi and Huck Seed late.

Fast-forward to the 2017 World Series of Poker, and Pham fired in a $575 Main Event qualifier, winning a seat. On Day 5, with his tournament life on the line after bluffing all in on a four-straight board with one pair against a set, Pham needed a six and a six only to chop and survive or it was curtains.

He found the six-ball to avoid joining the payout line. Two days later, he’s the leader of the final 27 players left after Day 6, with a career-best $263,532 locked up and 31,440,000 in the big. That will represent more than 100 big blinds when play resumes for Day 7.

A breathless Pham, sans the bucket hat he can be so often seen wearing at tournaments in and around his native Minnesota, could barely contain his excitement.

“It’s the hope of every poker player, we go to the final table, or we go the top 27, 18 something like that,” he said. “And now, my dream has come true. I’m very happy about that.”

“Now, my dream has come true. I’m very happy about that.”

The key moment for Pham on Day 6 came in a three-be t pot against Superman costume-clad Jonathan Dwek, who accidentally reraised the minimum and wound up

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