Nicknamed "The Dragon", David Pham is a Vietnamese-American professional poker player from California with two WSOP bracelets.
Born in 1967 in South Vietnam, Pham came to the United States at age 17 in search of a better life. After he came to Southern California Pham got a job at the laundry business owned by his cousin - famous professional poker player Men "The Master" Nguyen, from whom Pham also learned poker. Pham and his wife opened and operated a nail salon in Los Angeles while he learned poker from Men “The Master”.
Pham built a solid record of success throughout the 1990s and got to the point where he was able to live just off his poker winnings. His success really picked up in 2000. At his first WSOP he made two final tables and made more than $65,000. Due to his WSOP and many other final tables he made that year in minor tournaments, CardPlayer named him "Player of the Year" for 2000.
In 2001 David won his first WSOP bracelet in the $2,000 S.H.O.E. event, defeating a final table that included Tom McEvoy, Cyndy Violette, John Cernuto, and Paul Darden. He also cashed in the main event, finishing in 44th place. He won his second bracelet at the 2006 WSOP, winning the $2,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em Shootout and earning $240,222.
In February 2003, Pham won the limit hold'em event of the L.A. Poker Classic, earning the $457,320 first prize.
David made his first WPT final table in 2003 during season 1, where he placed 4th and made $ 80,080. During season 3 he made two final tables for $255,000 and $277,014. His fourth final table appearance on the WPT came in 2007 during season 5 at the Reno Poker Challenge, winning $182,260. He made 2 more final tables in the 6th season of the WPT including a 2nd place finish in the Legends of Poker for $800,185 and a 5th place finish for $93,664.
In December 2004, Pham defeated Alan Goehring heads-up to win the $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em event at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic, earning $414,419.
In 2007, he made one final table at the WSOP and two at WPT events. As a result, Pham was named "Player of the Year" by Card Player for the second time.
In March 2008 Pham made his sixth WPT final table at the 2008 World Poker Challenge, where he finished 5th earning $93,664. In November 2008 Pham finished in 4th place at the WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals, earning $240,344.
In January 2008, Pham, finished in 4th place in the $7,800 European Poker Tour's (EPT) PokerStars Caribbean Poker Adventure, winning $600,000.
As of 2009, Pham has 2 WSOP bracelets, 25 WSOP cashes, 14 WPT cashes, an incredible 7 WPT final tables, and total live tournament winnings exceed $8,100,000. Pham plays online at Full Tilt Poker.
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