Event 18: Randall Fernandez Wins the Jeff Conine Poker Classic; Johnny Pham Finishes 2nd

Jeff Conine Charity Poker Classic / Charity Series of Poker 
Structure
Level 22: 125,000/250,000 with an 250,000 big-blind ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 382

TD Tony Burns and MLB All-Star and two-time World Series champion Jeff Conine watch the heads-up battle between Randall Fernandez and Johnny Pham.
Tournament Director Tony Burns and MLB All-Star and two-time World Series champion Jeff Conine watch the heads-up battle between Randall Fernandez and Johnny Pham.

Down to the final two players in the Jeff Conine Charity Poker Classic, and both players knew it was a shove-or-fold situation with the blinds so high. The first 10 hands of heads-up play were decided preflop, and Hand #11 saw the first all-in-and-a-call situation.

Randall Fernandez moved all in from the button, and Johnny Pham called all in from the big blind for about 750,000 with [Jd][10h].

Fernandez turned over [Ks][9c], and Pham would need to improve to stay alive.

The board came [Qc][5c][3c][3d][Jc] — Pham paired his jack on the river, but that same card gave Fernandez a club flush to win the tournament.

Randall Fernandez  –  Winner!  ($5,000 + $5,250 SHRPO Championship seat)
Johnny Pham  –  Eliminated in 2nd Place  ($2,000 + Hard Rock Atlantic City Vacation Package)

2nd Place: Johnny Pham
2nd Place: Johnny Pham

Runner-up Johnny Pham is a tournament director at the bestbet Casino in Jacksonville, Florida. Pham also co-hosts the bestbet Poker Show on 1010XL AM radio, where they discuss poker tips, strategies, and everything trending in the world of poker.

Jeff Conine and Randall Fernandez
Charity Headliner Jeff Conine (left) and Event 18 champion Randall Fernandez

The winner of the Jeff Conine Charity Poker Classic is Randall Fernandez, a 39-year-old self-employed recreational player from right here in Hollywood, Florida. Stay tuned for a recap of this event with more about Fernandez.