Last year, Hoai Pham took home over $70,000 for his victory in this event. So far in his title defense, things have been going quite well as he's now up to 8,100 in chips from a starting stack of 3,000. On the following hand, Pham increased his stack after getting an opponent to lay down a pocket pair.
The hand began with a player in early position raising to 300. Pham attacked with a reraise to 600 and the original raiser made the call. The flop came down and the first player checked to Pham. He bet 1,100 and was called.
The turn card added the to the board. The first player checked and Pham bet enough chips to put his opponent all in. The player folded pocket sevens face up, not wanting to tangle with the defending champ.