A Minnesota man thought he was entering to play no-limit Texas hold 'em at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. He didn't. Instead, he signed up to play no-limit deuce-to-seven draw lowball by accident, a game he had never played. Guess what: In what generations may call the best example of beginner's luck, he won.
Christian Pham, 40, took home $81,314 after buying in just $1,500, Poker News reported.
"I thought I had registered for the $1,500 limit hold'em," Pham said. "I would've unregistered if I knew what the event was."
Pham said that he was dealt five cards when he got to the table and at that point he knew something was off, since players are only dealt two cards in Texas Hold 'em.
"I said, 'Oh my god!' because in Minnesota they don't have this game," Pham said. This was the first time I played this game, but I tried to learn the game at the table from the people at the table.”
After listening to one man next to him explain some of the rules, he continued learning while going along.
But Pham admitted, "I also got good hands." He soon found himself in the lead and started to think he might actually be able to pull off a win. Then after calling a bluff that landed him 100,000 in chips, he knew he had something going.
"I knew then that this was a big chance for me to win, and I think it was a sign of God. It was a sign, that I was chip leader again," Pham said.
From there he managed to hold his lead until the end, when he was able to cash in for thousands.
Although his winnings were completely by accident, Pham now says he plans to play the same game again. Only next time he'll knowingly register.
"I love it!" Pham said.
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