WSOP Hit and Run: Pham Accidentally Wins Event #23; Monster Stack Begins

Craig Klinski : June 12th, 2015


Christian Pham becomes an unlikely bracelet winner in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 2-7 Draw Lowball while the first half of the Monster Stack gets underway to confusion from some players. It’s all there in today’s Hit and Run.

WSOP roundup

Three new bracelet winners were crowned on Thursday bringing the total to 23 completed events. Four more events resume today and the Monster Stack begins. We’ll make you are well informed with today’s PTP’s Daily WSOP Roundup.

Event #20: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Final Report
Ben Zamani took down his first bracelet by winning Event #20, enough for $460,640. Second place finisher, Natasha Barbour, who battled but self-destructed, came in 2nd place and won $284,911. This is Zamani’s second cash of the year, putting him up to 50th on the WSOP 2015 Player of the Year standings.

Event #21: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship Final Report
Event ended on Wednesday with Daneil Alaei taking down his fifth braclet.

Event #22: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Final Report
Sam Greenwood became the first Canadian to win a bracelet this year when he bested Cole Jackson and 20 others on Day 3 for a $318,977 prize.

Event #23: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 2-7 Draw Lowball Final Report
For a third day, Christian Pham held his dominance to take down the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 2-7 Draw. Most surprising about his win is that he entered the event on accident, thinking he had registered for a No Limit Hold’em tournament. Pham must have learned the game quick, as held the lead for much of the event. PTP’s own Alex Weldon asks why is this event so friendly to newbies?

Event #24: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E Updates
Day 2 saw the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E event trimmed down from 772 to 31 players. At the end of the day Mike Watson held the lead with 634,000 chips, 33k ahead of 2nd place Arash Ghaneian. Phil Hellmuth (51,000) and Ted Forrest (95,000) are among the notables that remain. Action picks up at 1 PM PT. This one is slated to be live streamed from

Event #25: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed Updates
Tyler Cornell is the chip leader after Day 2, who will goes into Day 3 battling it out with 22 others. Cornell has 1,409,000 chips, followed closely behind Dan O’Brien’s 1,328,000. Other notables include Shaun Deeb with 844,000 and Joseph Cheong with 559,000. Event #25 resumes today at 2 PM PT.

Event 26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Updates
Mo Khan leads a field that played into the money in Day 1. Starting with 1,293 entrants the day ended with 129 remaining. Among the leaders are John Racener (71,000 chips), Allen Kessler (36,800) and Greg Merson (15,400). The cards are dealt again at 1 PM PT.

Event 27: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Updates
Last year’s 10-Game Mix Six Handed bracelet winner Bryn Kenny has the lead after Day 1 and will fight it out against 51 others that include Andre Akkari in second with 117,000 in chips, Brian Hastings (112,600), Justin Smith (112,600) and Daniel Negreanu (104,700) who is in 5th. Other notables include Huck Seed, David Chiu and David Singer. Day 2 begins at 2 PM PT.

Starting Today:
Event #28A: MONSTER STACK $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Updates – The second half of the field gets underway at 10 AM PT.

WSOP Quick Hitters

–We congratulate Sam Greenwood on winning Event #22, but there are probably eight too many shirtless dudes in this pic (possibly NSFW).
–Has Re-Entry become the new normal? Confusion abounds about the Monster Stack.
–Interesting interview with Shaun Deeb, conducted by ESPN.
–In case you have missed it, a schedule of WSOP streaming action is available here.

Non-WSOP Quick Hitters

–New Jersey online gaming revenue rising.
–Pennsylvania recently held an online gambling hearing this week about SB 900. Serious concerns are emerging for online poker supporters.
–Massachusetts just conducted a study of online gambling. Their findings – only 2% of residents gamble online.

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