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2017 WSOP Main Event: 27 Players Left - 2015 Bracelet Winner In The Lead!

Tags: 2017 WSOP, Ben Lamb, Christian Pham.
Posted on 17 July 2017 by "T".

A lot has happened since our previous Main Event update last Friday, as over 1000 players have become only 27 players still with the chance of taking down the most highly regarded poker tournament in the world!

Christian Pham's life could easily be made into a intersting poker movie. Back in 2015, he accidentally registered for the the wrong tournament and ended up winning it, overcoming the likes of Mike Leah, Robert Mizrachi and Huck Seed to claim his first gold bracelet! Pham qualified for this year's Main Event through a $575 satellite and now has the world champion title within reach! 

On Day 5, he put his tournament life at risk after bluffing all in on the board 9Diamond7Spade5Heart8Club with 5Diamond3Diamond. His opponent, Josh Tieman, called with 8Diamond8Heart for a set and was only one card away from eliminating Pham, who needed a lucky six on the river for a chop and to stay alive in the tournament. The sun shined down on Pham as the 6Club fell on the river. Pham celebrated while Tieman, who eventually finished in 94th place for a $61k payday, stared in shock at the table.

Two days after the lucky hand, Pham is the chip leader among the 27 surviving players from a starting field of 7,221 entries! No matter what happens next he's set to take home the biggest payday of his poker career (all remaining players are guaranteed at least $263,532 each; Pham's previous best cash was 214,332).

Ben LambThere are a few familiar faces remaining in the 2017 WSOP Main Event, including Frenchman Benjamin Pollak, Dutchman Marcel Luske and Ben Lamb of USA. The latter finished third in the 2011 Main Event for $4 million, however, he's not happy with just being one of the final 27 contenders.

"I don't care about the final table," Lamb said. "I want to win the whole damn thing. I'm going to go home and watch Game of Thrones and then watch a little tape of today.

Play resumes today with 78 minutes left in Level 32 (120,000/240,000/40,000). The plan is to play down from 3 tables to a single table with 9 players on it. The winner of the tournament will take home an incredible $8,150,000!

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9 comments on "2017 WSOP Main Event: 27 Players Left - 2015 Bracelet Winner In The Lead!"

 doubletop77717/07/2017 10:36:20 GMT
WE are getting closer and closer to finding out who is going to be the Main Event champ and it is getting very exciting. I have always enjoyed watching Marcel Luske play and i will be cheering him on
 pochui17/07/2017 16:54:58 GMT
ouch!!! what a suckout with a set of 8's... kinda crushing experience to take back home with you, knowing that you were so close to becoming a millionaire and as a consolation only getting not so coll $61k for your efforts.
 perattin17/07/2017 18:36:41 GMT
Only 27 players with the possibility to end the most prestigious poker tournament in the world, including two Argentines, the "pampa" Salas and my friend Richard Dubini, who until now figure in position 9. I wish you the greatest success On this day in search of that long awaited final table.-
 pajalnick17/07/2017 20:12:22 GMT
Of course it's a long way to make out of only 1000 players only 27 !!! .... the more it will be interesting to know about the name of the champion ... Of course it would be interesting to see how out of 1000 players there is a decrease but ..... ok will follow about End of an event
 Mober17/07/2017 21:01:14 GMT
From 1k down to 27. Quite a clean up there.
All the big names i know of are out, but maybe i havent watched closely lately what is
going on in poker world, with new players taking their places in Smile
It is meant to happen, at some point.
 Gerimantas18/07/2017 07:49:53 GMT
Yes this ben kamb is really kucky oerson I think, he finished 3rd in 2011 world series of poker main event and won fantastic $4 million and now he has a very big chips amount and if plays a bit safe he will be at the final table again.
 Tony_MON7ANA18/07/2017 14:24:13 GMT
I still remember the 2011 WSOP main event final table. I can't believe that it is already six years ago when Ben Lamb finished in 3rd place. He and other notable players will be a force to be reckoned with.
 godoy06/05/2018 23:27:16 GMT
to be among the last 27 in a tournament of this greatness and a dream that one lives in order not to lose a spirits and arrive at the feet and to become a champion there can dream daydream

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