David Pham

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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His nickname is "The Dragon" because he has the worst breath in history.

It smells like a steaming pile of compost!

bad_dog76 on April 21, 2008

Originally Posted by unregistered
Pham comes in 2nd for PotY. Sorry virgil, no he hasn't. Daniel just clinched it by winning the last WTP tourney of the season with over 300 people. he won 1.8 mill and he clinched player of the year award. besides, other vietnamese players cipher thier chips off to this dude, so even if he had won it would not have been legit.
where do you get the ciphering of chips? He is an extremely good player, so don't just go making shit up. Do all the white players cipher chips? I remember andy block making some comment like that in Tunica a couple of years ago because 3 handed he was against 2 vietnamese players. It was bull since the tourney had hundreds of white players to start the tourney with. The vietnamese players were a minority in Tunica. Sometimes I wonder if some of the pro's soft play each other when they have stakes in each other. As a matter of fact I have had white poker players warn me of certain teams of white players. Anyway, David is very good at reading his oppenents. I saw him lay down qq once against Ron Rose's kk preflp at a tourney in the L. A. Poker Classic. And if you ever play single table satellites, you will find David playing the 1000 buy in without other vietnamese players to dump chips to him and he does very well.

viper on November 14, 2005

Hyper aggressive but man, the kid SMACKS of tells.
But he wins, and that's what matters. I can't image he does too well in higher level ring games.
His style of play is strong when in tournaments and people are afraid of 'going home' so he can snatch a lot of pots with big bets.

gulfport on September 22, 2005

He used his money to open up five nail salons in our mall. When will the madness end!

englishcat on August 4, 2005

He lives in my neighborhood. We used to own 3 cats and a dog, now all our pets are gone.

Joe Croce on August 1, 2005

ok player????????? he is one of the top pros in the world, stop watching TV and go to vegas and you will see he is more then an ok player, stick to your fake money account on pokerroom

eat me on July 21, 2005

ok player

Unregistered on July 10, 2005

Yeah i no i was a bit to premuture in my statement hadn't banked on Negreanu winning the last event!.But please tell me your not one of daniel internet groupies!

virgil on December 19, 2004

Pham comes in 2nd for PotY. Sorry virgil, no he hasn't. Daniel just clinched it by winning the last WTP tourney of the season with over 300 people. he won 1.8 mill and he clinched player of the year award. besides, other vietnamese players cipher thier chips off to this dude, so even if he had won it would not have been legit.

unregistered on December 18, 2004

This guy has won player of the year.He beat Negreanu and Juanda.

virgil on December 12, 2004

i need a picture or something

Unregistered on December 10, 2004

Stop crampin my style!

Hon Le on November 18, 2004

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