David 'Dragon' Pham Wins WSOP Event #12: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

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After a long and hard-fought heads-up battle, David 'Dragon' Pham has earned his third World Series of Poker bracelet in Event #12: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. He defeated a tough competitor in Jordan Young, and pocketed $391,960 for his efforts on Thursday night.

The final table lasted about seven hours and 40 minutes and took a total of 230 hands. Heads-up play made up the bulk of that, ending in 130 hands and three hours of play. This event attracted a total of 1,739 entries for a total prize pool of $2,347,650, paying out 262 spots.

In the final hand, Pham shipped it in from the button and Young called after looking at one card - an ace. Pham tabled king-nine and Young slowly peeled a seven as his kicker. The board appeared to be safe for Young, but a king came on the river and it was all over. Young earned himself $242,160 for his deep run. Young came in to heads-up play with a very large lead, but Pham chipped away and eventually closed it out.

Pham has amassed just shy of $10,000,000 in earnings after this win, including WSOP bracelets from 2001 in the $2,100 S.H.O.E. event, in 2006 in the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout and today's event, 11 years later. Pham has 33 recorded wins, along with a myriad of final tables. He also now has 25 six-figure cashes, with his largest coming from his runner-up finish in the 2007 Legends of Poker $9,700 Main Event for $800,185.

When asked what it felt like to win after so many years, Pham responded, "Of course the money comes first, but winning a bracelet means so much! It took me 10 years to win again." His rail, along with Young's, was loud and supportive and stood by him for the majority of the day.

Event #12 Final Table Results

PlacePlayer NameCountryPrize (USD)
1David PhamUnited States$391,960
2Jordan YoungUnited States$242,160
3Roman KorenevRussia$174,559
4Melissa GillettAustralia$127,180
5Kevin TrettinUnited States$93,667
6Nathan PflugerUnited States$69,741
7Billy RodgersUnited States$52,503
8Huihan WuUnited States$39,969
9Aditya AgarwalIndia$30,774

Final Table Action

Marquis Mccain (10th place - $23,964) was the first elimination from the final table after he lost a race situation to Melissa Gillett. Not far behind him was Aditya Agarwal (9th place - $30,774). Agarwal lost most of his chips once reaching the final table and was unable to hang on to a short stack. The eliminations were coming quickly as Huihan Wu (8th place - $39,969) was next to fall when he ran into Roman Korenev's set of threes.

Billy Rodgers (7th place - $52,503) came across a cooler situation when his ace-king of clubs wasn't good enough to beat Pham's pocket aces. After the dinner break, Nathan Pfluger (6th place - $69,741) ran his pocket pair of sixes into an over pair of Young and could not catch a set. In one of the biggest hands early on, Kevin Trettin (5th place - $93,667) turned a full house but his opponent, Young, would river a bigger full house sending him to the rail.

Just a few hands later, Gillett (4th place - $127,180) the principal from Australia, lost a big hand and was left with only one big blind. She would get her remaining chips in against two players but was unable to find any help. The remaining three players were still fairly deep but it would be Roman Korenev (3rd place - $174,559) getting all of his chips in the middle in a dominated position vs Pham. Both players flopped top pair but Pham held the better kicker eliminating Korenev and setting up an epic heads-up match between Pham and Young.

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