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Veteran poker pro David “The Dragon” Pham won the World Series of Poker Circuit Bicycle Hotel and Casino $1,650 Main Event on home turf last week.

The 51-year-old Bell Gardens-based pro took down a $216,790 first-place prize, getting the best of a 705-entry field that turned up at The Bike, which helped create a $1,057,500 prize pool.

Earlier this month, Pham moved past the $10 million mark in career live tournament earnings when he won the 2018 Wynn Spring Classic $1,600 Championship Event in Las Vegas for $240,254.

“I’ve had a great last 10 days,” Pham told WSOP Circuit staff. “I’m feeling great, and I played very comfortable. Even now, up in my mind, I know I’m going to be right there.”

Born in Vietnam, Pham has called both Bell Gardens and Cerritos, California home.

Three WSOP bracelets, one ring

Pham is the owner of three WSOP bracelets. He won the last one in 2017 in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event. His first bracelet win came in 2001 in a $2,000 Limit S.H.O.E. event. Pham collected his second WSOP bracelet winning the 2006 WSOP $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout.

Although Pham previously made the final table of the 2005 $10,000 Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Poker WSOP Circuit Championship Event and 2007 $ 5,000 Caesars Palace WSOP Circuit Event in Las Vegas, last week’s victory represented his first ever WSOP Circuit gold ring win.

Despite having earned $10,430,623 in tournaments throughout his professional career, Pham has never booked a seven-figure score. His biggest career score remains the $800,185 he won finishing second to the legendary Dan Harrington in the 2007 World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Championship Event. That event was also held at the Bicycle Hotel and Casino in Bell Gardens.

Seven WPT final tables

Pham has made six other WPT final tables, although he has never won a WPT title.

At the height of the poker boom, Pham regular played online poker and was sponsored by Full Tilt Poker.

The WSOP Circuit has moved across the country and is now wrapping up a stop at Harrah’s Atlantic City. Next up on the tour are stops at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa in Oklahoma and Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

The tour will not return to California before wrapping up at Harrah’s New Orleans in May.

Marty Derbyshire
Marty Derbyshire - Martin Derbyshire is a veteran of the world of poker and gambling, having worked as a reporter, producer, and editor in the industry for more than a decade. He has traveled the globe interviewing high-profile personalities and contributes to a number of publications, including USPoker.com, PlayCA.com, and PlayNJ.com.