Minnesota man wins World Series of Poker event – by mistake

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A St. Paul man won a World Series of Poker event last week after mistakenly signing up for a game he had never played before.

Christian Pham, of St. Paul, Minnesota, won the Las Vegas tournament's coveted gold bracelet and $81,314 after accidentally registering for the $1,500 no-limit deuce to seven game, not realizing what he'd done until the cards were dealt, Card Player says.

“They had started dealing already, so I couldn’t do anything,” Pham explained to Card Player. “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.”

Some players he was sitting near also helped him understand the game, Poker News says. He ended up rising to the top of more than 200 players, including some notable professionals, to become the chip leader after the first two days and eventually being named the winner.

"I didn't understand much of the game, but enough, and in the future for sure I will register for this game. I love it," Pham told Poker News.

Pham moved to Minnesota from Vietnam 15 years ago, playing his first cash poker game in 2008, The Associated Press says, but he didn't view it as a way to make money and gave it up until 2012.

In 2014, he won the gold ring and $214,332 at no-limit hold 'em event in Las Vegas, his World Series of Poker player profile says.

That's when he decided the game could be good to him and he'd keep playing, the AP notes.

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