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David Pham

David Pham
David Pham at the 2004 World Poker Tour's Festa al Lago
Nickname(s) The Dragon
Born February 10, 1967
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 2
Money finish(es) 36
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
44th, 2001
World Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) 7
Money finish(es) 14
European Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) 1
Money finish(es) 1
Information accurate as of 18 November 2009.

David Pham (born February 10, 1967 in South Vietnam), is a Vietnamese-American professional poker player from Bell Gardens, California with two World Series of Poker bracelets who has made seven final tables at the World Poker Tour.

Early life

Pham was born in South Vietnam and fled to the United States at the age of 17 in a boat carrying 145 people of which only 46 survived the journey. Once in the United States, Pham gained employment at his cousin's laundry business. His cousin is the famed professional poker player Men "The Master" Nguyen, from whom Pham would learn poker and continue to do so even after Pham along with his wife had opened a nail salon in Los Angeles, California.


In both 2000 and 2007 Pham was named "Player of the Year" by Card Player.

As of August 2014, his total live tournament winnings exceed $8,800,000. His 36 cashes at the WSOP account for $1,375,519 of those winnings.

World Series of Poker

Pham won a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet in 2001 for the $2.000 S.H.O.E. event, defeating a final table including Tom McEvoy, John Cernuto, Cyndy Violette and Paul Darden. In 2001 he finished in the money for the $10,000 no limit hold'em main event, where he finished in 44th place. In 2006, Pham won his second WSOP bracelet in the $2,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event.

World Series of Poker Bracelets

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2001 $2,000 S.H.O.E. $140,455
2006 $2,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout $240,222

World Poker Tour

In February 2003, Pham won the $5,000 limit hold'em event of the L.A. Poker Classic, outlasting such players as John Phan, Jennifer Harman and Erick Lindgren to take home the $457,320 first prize.

Later, in December 2004, he defeated Alan Goehring heads-up to win the $3,000 no limit hold'em event at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic, earning a payday of $414,419.

On March 28, 2008 Pham made his sixth WPT final table at the 2008 World Poker Challenge, where he finished 5th earning $93,664.

On November 11, 2008 Pham finished in fourth place at the WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals, earning $240,344.

Since the inception of the World Poker Tour (WPT), Pham has made seven final tables, but has yet to win a championship event.

European Poker Tour

In January 2008, Pham finished in fourth place, winning $600,000 at the European Poker Tour's (EPT) PokerStars Caribbean Poker Adventure (formerly an WPT event) after being eliminated at the final table by Bertrand Grospellier, who called Pham all-in with an ace high flush draw on the turn, which was made on the river.