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Christian Pham Wins $1,500 2-7 Lowball Event at 2015 World Series of Poker

Pham Pockets $81,314 For The Victory


The $1,500 no-limit deuce to seven draw lowball event at the 2015 World Series of Poker attracted a field of 217 players, creating a total prize pool of $295,650. After three days of poker, it was St. Paul, Minnesota poker pro Christian Pham who emerged with the win, his first bracelet and the $81,314.

What makes Pham’s victory even more incredible is the fact that he wasn’t even supposed to play in the event. He put up the $1,500 buy-in hoping to play in a no-limit hold’em tournament, but he had stated the wrong event number and was registered to play no-limit deuce to seven instead. It wasn’t until the cards started to come out that he realized his mistake.

“They had started dealing already, so I couldn’t do anything,” Pham explained. “If they had not started dealing, I would have told the floorman and asked to be unregistered. We don’t have this game in Minnesota. I learned the game at the table. I was figuring out what to do as I went along, and I also got lots of good cards. That helped, too.”

Pham had never played the game before, but for the first few levels he sat back and watched, learning the ins and outs of the game. By the end of day 1, he was the chip leader. He ended the second day on top of the leader board as well. By the end of the third, he was a WSOP bracelet winner.

Other notables who made the money in this event included Ray Henson (26th), Jon Turner (25th), Mohsin Charania (22nd), Dan Smith (20th), Frank Kassela (14th), Eric Wasserson (13th), Owen Crowe (11th), Jorryt Van Hoof (10th), Robert Mizrachi (9th), Mike Leah (7th), Huck Seed (5th) and Matthew Smith (3rd).

Here is a look at the final table results.

Finish Player Name Prize POY Points
1 Christian Pham $81,314 360
2 Daniel Ospina $50,260 300
3 Matthew Smith $33,163 240
4 Andrey Zhigalov $22,634 180
5 Huck Seed $15,852 150
6 Aleksandr Denisov $11,385 120
7 Mike Leah $8,381 90
8 David Matthews $6,320 60

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2015 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.