Hundreds of thousands of players have arrived to Las Vegas Nevada to take part in the 2015 World Series of Poker. This year’s series features 68 tournament events and each day, a new tournament begins, with thousands of players competing. Christian Pham from Minnesota arrived to the WSOP late last week to take part in a specific event. After signing up, Pham realized he was competing in the wrong tournament, but ended up outlasting the field and taking down the first place win.
Pham wanted to compete in the No Limit Texas Hold’em event with a $1,500 buy-in but ended up registering for the No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball tournament. 219 players were in the mix and Pham soon realized his mistake. The game at hand is completely different from hold’em and Pham shouldn’t have had a chance, but he ended up earning a gold bracelet after being the last player standing.
In No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball, the goal of the game is to have the lowest poker hand with no straights or a flush. When a player has a pair, it is better to have a low pair. You have the option to draw cards as well, all of which is not a factor to hold’em.
Pham realized he was in the wrong event when instead of the standard 2 cardsof hold’em, he was dealt 5 cards. He began to panic but soon observed the game and took advice from helpful players who showed him what hands beat what. After the first day, Pham used the info he had learned from fellow players as well as study that first night to learn more about the game. In the end, the player says it was his betting and chip managing skills that helped him move forward in the tournament.
After the win, Pham now has a gold WSOP bracelet and $81,314 for his efforts. Players who helped Pham along the way could not believe he ended up being the tournament winner, especially after knowing nothing of the game.