Christian Phan Wins World Series of Poker Circuit

by | Published: Saturday, March 8th, 2014

The 2013/2014 World Series of Poker Circuit wrapped up its 15th stop on the schedule with the $1,675 Main Event on Monday at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Christian Pham took home the top prize of $214,322 and a seat in the 2014 National Championship at the tournament that attracted nearly 700 entrants and created a total prize pool of $1,045,000. Pham qualified for the tournament via a $200 satellite.

Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1st Christian Pham $214,332
2nd Jonathan Gaviao $132,622
3rd Yu Sheng Lin $97,273
4th Michael Ma $72,338
5th Andrew Sapiro $54,523
6th Nancy Birnbaum $41,642
7th Ofer Akerman $32,222
8th Jesse Wilke $25,259
9th Chris Lindh $20,053


Fourteen players were still in contention at the beginning of Day 3, meaning five players needed to go before the final table was set. They ended up being William Chao (14th – $13,121), Philip Woerner (13th – $13,121), Ben Keeline(12th – $16,122), Chris Bonita (11th – $16,122), and Joseph Elia (10th – $16,122).

Chris Lindh was the first elimination of the final table in Level 27. He finished Day 1a as a massive chip leader, but fell short in the final round.

Despite knocking out Lindh, Jesse Wilke was the next to go. He was followed by Ofer Akerman in seventh place. In Level 29 Jonathan Gavio, who won the WSOP Circuit Tunica Main Event, opened from the button with 120,000 only to have Nancy Birnbaum, the last woman standing, three-bet all in from the small blind. Gaviao snap-called and Birnbaum was out.

After Andrew Saprio and Michael Ma were eliminated fifth and fourth respectively, a lengthy three-handed battle played out. Things came to a head in Level 31 when a short-stacked Yu Sheng Lin opened for 250,000 on the button and Pham called from the big blind. Lin eventually hit the rails in third place.

Heads-up play lasted just a few hands, with Pham coming out on top. He went home with $214,332, a gold ring, and a seat into the 2014 National Championship.

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