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The Dragon Catches Fire

David “Dragon” Pham Wins His
Second WSOP Gold Bracelet

Vietnamese-born poker champ collects $240,222 top prize in
No-Limit Hold’em Shootout
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The Dragon Catches Fire

David “Dragon” Pham Wins His Second WSOP
Gold Bracelet

Vietnamese-born poker champ collects $240,222 top prize in No-Limit
Hold’em Shootout


Las Vegas, NV – If America is the “land of opportunity,” then poker is the
amphitheater for fast-track success.  The green felt provides equal
opportunity for just about everyone to become rich and famous.  Things
which are important to the rest of society – such as race, religion, age, sex,
education, language skills, family ties, personal background, and job title –
have absolutely no bearing on who wins or loses at the poker table.  Indeed,
poker is the most “democratic” of all games.  Short, tall, skinny, fat, black,
white, male, female – none of these things matter when the cards are dealt.   
David “Dragon” Pham arrived in the United States at the age of 17.  During
the mid-1980s, he was one of many Vietnamese immigrants who left
everything behind in search of a better life.  They crammed into small
lifeboats which floated around the South China Sea for days, before being
rescued and brought to the United States.  Pham eventually settled down in
the Los Angeles area and worked a number of low-wage jobs before being
introduced to the game of poker by his cousin.  Pham’s cousin had won
several major poker tournaments and was quite well-known within the local
Vietnamese-American community.  He even shared some of his prize money
with family members.  The cousin’s name was Men “the Master” Nguyen.
Pham started playing poker about ten years ago, and tutored by his mentor
“the Master,” he gradually improved his game.  Before long, Pham was one of
the best tournament players in poker.  Pham got so good so fast, that he
won Card Player magazine’s “Player of the Year” in 2002.  Pham was
anointed as “the Dragon,” an odd nickname considering that Pham is one of
the calmest and most polite poker players on the tournament circuit.  Prior to
this year, Pham won his only WSOP gold bracelet back in 2001, in the S.H.O.
E. championship, a contest of four different games.  
At the 2006 World Series of Poker, presented by Milwaukee’s Best Light,
Pham was one of 600 players who paid $2,000 each to enter the No-Limit
Hold’em Shootout.  It took two days to eliminate 590 competitors.  That left
ten players to return for the third day to compete for the championship.  
Since the finale was a shootout format, this meant every player at the final
table arrived with the exact same number of chips.  Although there were
some tough competitors amongst the final ten, David Pham had to like his
chances in this field.  He was the only previous WSOP gold bracelet winner of
the final ten players.  
The bust-outs started fast.  Jeff Heiberg went out in tenth place and received
$16,380.  
Adam Kagin went out next when his ace in the pocket paired on the turn, but
lost to two-pair on the river.  Ninth place paid $21,840.
Dustin “Neverwin” Wolf was the next player to exit.  The Los Angeles-based
pro, well-known to many online poker players, went out with queen-jack
suited against an ace-king.  Wolf, who finished 32nd in the main event last
year, took eighth-place on this occasion.  He received $27,300.
David “Gunslinger” Bach was eliminated when his pocket queens were shot
down by pocket kings.  Bach, who holds a college degree in psychology from
the University of Georgia, tried to figure out the meaning of a seventh-place
finish, which paid $32,760.
Jason DeWitt has been playing poker for only two years.  This was his first
WSOP appearance.  DeWitt went out in sixth place when his pocket fours
were steamrolled by a higher pair.  DeWitt received $38,220.  
Chad Layne was the next player ejected.  The insurance broker from Las
Vegas cashed out for $43,680 when his ace-ten was topped by pocket jacks.  
Layne ended up fifth.
Reno Williamson went out next.  The manager of a pipe fitting company,
Williamson was drilled into a fourth-place finish.  Williamson tried to steal
from the button on his final hand of the night, got called, and then lost the
hand.  Fourth place paid $49,140.
Roland De Wolfe was the only non-American to play at the final table.  The
English writer turned poker pro took a tough beat when his ace-seven was
edged out by David Pham’s ace-eight after an ace flopped.  The higher kicker
played and De Wolfe was sent away to howl about his fate.  For third place,
De Wolf received $65,520.
When heads-up play began, David Pham enjoyed a dominating 6 to 1 chip
lead over Charles Sewell.  It didn’t take long for the end to come.  The final
hand of the tournament was dealt when Sewell moved all-in holding ace-
eight.  Pham called with pocket jacks.  The board didn’t help either player, so
Pham’s jacks held up.  Pham took the final pot.  
As the runner up, Charles Sewell received $124,488.  Prior to the event,
Sewell joked that his Las Vegas trip had been a complete disaster.  First, the
resident of Okalahoma City was involved in a serious car wreck.  Then, a
short time later, Sewell was run over by a taxi cab.  Perhaps the hundred
grand-plus in prize money he won at the World Series made up for what has
been a harrowing experience, thus far.
David “Dragon” Pham has also seen and experienced more than his fair
share of personal hardships.  Years ago, Pham started off with nothing, and
through sheer talent and ambition, he became a highly-successful poker
player.  By winning, Pham collected $240,222 in prize money and received his
second WSOP gold bracelet.     


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