Christian Pham is a professional poker player who has won over $500K playing Texas Hold ‘Em since 2013. It’s safe to say that he knows his way around the game. He loves Texas Hold ‘Em so much that it is the only game he dabbles in. Pham decided to take his Hold ‘Em talents to the mecca of the poker world, the World Series Of Poker in Las Vegas.
With green on the mind, he intended to sign up for one of the No Limit Hold ‘Em events. Instead, he accidentally signed up for something different.
From FOX Twin Cities:
The 40-year-old professional poker player said he intended to play no-limit Texas Hold `em but instead inadvertently signed up for a different game happening the same day: so-called no-limit deuce-to-seven draw lowball. The cost? A $1,500 buy-in.
Deuce-to-seven draw lowball is a game where the goal is to get the worst hand as possible out of the five cards you are given. If you have a pair, you want a pair of twos, not aces. There is also the ability to draw cards. Seems simple. However, Pham had never played this game, so he had no fucking clue what was going on when he was dealt his first hand.
Pham said he didn’t realize his mistake until he was dealt five cards instead of the usual two. He panicked, then observed, leaning on helpful players who advised him what beat what.
If I’m a player at a table at the WSOP, there’s absolutely no chance I’m giving out advice on the game. I want every competitive advantage I can get, which is why when I play Hold ‘Em with the guys at the office, I have to play in front of Dorn because I can bluff him out of most hands. You never know what is going to happen when you throw out advice all willy nilly.
In this case, the advice from other players helped Pham not only get in the money, but he won the thing outright and took home $81,314 and a gold bracelet.
I can only imagine that this was the reaction of the players when they found out they just got beat by a first-timer:
Beginner’s luck, Pham. Don’t let it go to your head..
[via FOX Twin Cities]
Image via YouTube