David Pham is not content to have just won the 2007 Player of the Year Award, his second Player of the Year award. He wants to do it again by continuing to play excellent poker and winning whenever he plays. David Pham took another step in the right direction after finishing in second place at Event #11 of the LA Poker Classic, $1,000 No Limit Holdem.
In January, David “The Dragon” finished in fourth place at the EPT Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure. The result was disappointing for Pham, who had gone into the final table with the chip lead, but could not hang on for a victory or even heads-up play. Instead, the title went to Bertrand Grospellier. David Pham still earned a lot of points for the Cardplayer Player of the Year race, points that he just added to with his most recent final table appearance. These newly acquired points put The Dragon into the current top ten, but with 11 months still to play, the current standings are not worth very much.
There were 265 players competing in Event #11, forming a prize pool of $257,00. David Pham would take $43,000 home with him after losing to Thu Nguyen in heads-up play. Nguyen would earn $72,000 for his victory.
David is now in ninth place in the Player of the Year race. Men “The Master” Nguyen, one of the other two players who holds multiple Player of the Year awards is in seventh place. The current leader is the 18-year old Canadian, Michael McDonald, who days ago won the EPT Dortmund event.