David Pham is the man to catch in the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em (Four-Handed) event, which is down to only eight players. Pham bagged up 911,000 chips, an impressive total at the best of times, never mind when one considers he was on the receiving end of plenty of bad beats during the second day’s play.
One such hand saw him get his chips into the middle with on an board against the of Jamie Rosen, only for the river to come to improve Rosen to a bigger full house.
Later in the day, Pham would again fall victim to Rosen and again it would be ace-jack that was the hand in question. Rosen five-bet shoved with and Pham snap-called with a pair of aces and looked set to exact revenge on Rosen for their earlier confrontation. That was until Rosen flopped two jacks to crack Pham’s aces! Rosen would ultimately finish in 15th place, while Pham, as we know, ended as the overnight chip leader.
Pham already has one final table appearance at this year’s World Series of Poker, a fourth place finish in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed event, and is looking to make it final table number two in this short-handed event. With over $8,750,000 in live tournament winnings, Pham is one of the most experienced tournament players in the world and only one player in the final eight of this competition, John Juanda, surpasses his winnings.
Juanda will start the day fifth in chips with a stack of 466,000. The five-time WSOP bracelet winner has more than $15,000,000 in live tournament winnings and is looking to add an additional $309,071 to his already impressive total. Only seven men stand between Juanda and bracelet number six.
Along with the aforementioned Pham and Juanda, the PokerNews Live Reporting team will be joined by Nick Schwarmann, Jared Jaffee, Daniel Park, Jonathan D’Souza, Justin Oliver and Mike DeGilio on Sunday afternoon as Event #38 is played to conclusion.
Which of these gentlemen will walk away with the top prize and a WSOP bracelet? Tune back into PokerNews.com from 1:00pm local time to find out.