Christian Pham has amazing day; 27 remain in WSOP main event – ESPN

Christian Pham made two straight flushes and took the chip lead into Day 7 — about as much as a poker player could ever ask for in the biggest poker tournament of the year. 

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There are dozens of cliché sports analogies to be used about Day 7 of the World Series of Poker main event, the day in which the final 27 players fight for the nine most coveted spots of the year.

It’s no longer called the November Nine, because there’s only a two-day break instead of a three-and-a-half-month layover, but the fight is still the same. After Day 6, dreams will come true or be shattered for those final 27 players as they try to make the final table.

After Day 5 of the 2017 World Series of Poker main event, only 85 players remain. Tim Fiorvanti recaps all of the action from a busy day, which included a slew of notable eliminations.

The 2017 World Series of Poker main event is underway in Las Vegas. Miss any of the action? Don’t worry, this file has all of our daily recaps.

After Day 4 of the 2017 World Series of Poker main event started with a stunning stream of eliminations, even for a post-bubble period, moving day saw less than one-third of the 1,084 who started play Friday make it through to Day 5.

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Christian Pham had the kind of Sunday that dreams are made of, and it ended with him holding the overall chip lead at 31.44 million. Valentin Messina (28.59 million), Jack Sinclair (27.535 million) and Ben Lamb (25.685 million) aren’t too far behind.

“I’m so happy about it,” said Pham. “Yesterday, I talked with my brother, [and I said], ‘I hope I

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