Event 9: Kevin Pham Doubles Thru James Sebastiano

$600 Double Black Chip Bounty Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)
Level 20:  6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 85

Kevin Pham
Kevin Pham

Kevin Pham limped from UTG/cutoff, James Sebastiano raised from the big blind, and Pham called.

The flop came Kc3s2d, Sebastiano bet 55,000, Pham raised to 125,000, and Sebastiano three-bet all in for 364,000. Pham tanked for a while before he called all in for 324,000 with Kh10c for a pair of kings.

But Sebastiano turned over AcKs for a pair of kings with a higher kicker, and Pham needed to improve to stay alive.

The turn card was the 9s, and the river card was — the 10d.

Pham spiked a ten on the river to win the pot with two pair, kings and tens, to double up in chips. Sebastiano was knocked all the way down to just three big blinds.

Kevin Pham  –  720,000  (60 bb)
James Sebastiano  –  40,000  (3 bb)

With four players remaining, the average chip stack is around 425,000 (35 big blinds), and the remaining players are guaranteed at least $2,300 each.