Christian Pham, a 40-year-old resident of Minnesota, emerged as the champion of a World Series of Poker (WSOP) event of Thursday.

Interestingly, he had never intended to take part in that tournament, but ended up as one of the participants by mistake. When he realized that he had accidentally gotten into the wrong tournament, it was too late. He was left with no other option, but to play … and win. Finally, he took home a WSOP gold bracelet and the first-place prize of $81,314.

The Independent.co.uk reports that Pham actually wanted to take part in another tournament, the No Limit Texas Hold’em. Instead, he accidentally registered for the No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball, which was being played on the same day.

PokerStars.com defines No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball as “a form of draw poker, sometimes referred to as ‘Kansas City Lowball.’ Lowball games reward the best low hand, making it the opposite of games like Hold’em and Stud, in which the highest hand wins.”

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Pham, however, decided to take it as a challenge. He asked his fellow players to explain the game’s rules to him and ended up winning the event. He said later that he considers it a “sign of God.”

Pham later told Poker News that he was shocked when he realized that he had made a mistake. He said: “When I got to the table, and when I got dealt five cards. I realized that something was wrong. I said ‘Oh my god!’ because in Minnesota we don’t have this game. 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.”

He finished as the chip leader of not only the first, but also the second day. When the event concluded, he got a new shiny World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet and a large first-place prize.

Pham will never forget the fact that he won the game in spite of never having heard of it before. As he told Poker News later, he just got lucky although he did not understand most of game. He said that he now loves the game and will surely register for it again.

Considering the fact that he has won over $80k as well as the WSOP gold bracelet while playing the variant, it isn’t surprising that he now loves it and would like to play it again.

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