Man enters the wrong poker game — still wins $80K
A Minnesota man won a world series poker event and prize money of $80, 000, despite entering the competition by mistake.
A poker player in Las Vegas has won a World Series tournament after entering in error. The 40-year-old from St. Paul, Minnesota, had intended to play in the Texas hold 'em event, but got his wires crossed when enrolling — and ended up having to play in a no-limit deuce to seven lowball draw tournament. With an initial outlay of $1,500 for the entry fee, and no possibility of late withdrawal, it seemed at first instance an error that could have turned out to be very costly. But that is not how events transpired. In fact, quite the opposite. Despite not knowing the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of this particular variant of Poker, Christian Pham fortuitously succeeded in winning the event. In doing so he pocketed a substantial prize pot of $81,314, and won in convincing fashion, ending each day of the event as chip leader. Speaking to WSOP.com, he said, "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." Pham beat 219 other players to the title, one of 68 that are held as part of the Poker World Series, which spans 51 days. But he had to rely on the generosity of fellow competitors, who explained the rules to him at the table as he played. Pham is an experienced poker player, but had no knowledge in this branch of the game. An immigrant from Vietnam, he arrived in the U.S. 15 years ago, and participated in his first cash poker game in 2008. In 2014 he qualified for the World Series of Poker's circuit main event, and won the gold ring along with $214,332.