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Hani Awad Wins 2016 World Series of Poker $2,500 Mixed Omaha / Stud Eight-or-Better Event

65-Year-Old Tops 394 Player Field To Win $213,186 and First Gold Bracelet


Hani Awad outlasted a field of 394 entries to win the 2016 World Series of Poker $2,500 Omaha eight-or-better and stud eight-or-better mixed event. The 65-year-old cab company owner earned $213,186 and his first gold bracelet for the win. Winning a WSOP title is a story on it’s own, but this victory was extra special in that Awad finished second in this very same event last year, losing heads-up to Konstantin Masiak.

“This means everything," Awad told after the win. "I don’t even care about the money. I just wanted to win the gold bracelet.”

Awad was born in Nazareth, Isreal but now calls Las Vegas home. His mother, who still lives in Israel, underwent a major heart surgery last year shortly after he finished second in this event. He promised her that he would win the event in her name and he did just that.

“I promised her I was going to win it for her,” said Awad. “It was my dream to win this, and it means the world.”

This time around Awad topped a tough final table that included the likes of former owner of Card Player Magazine Denny Axel (4th – $61,888), bracelet winner Michael Chow (5th- $43,717) and 2016 WPT Seminol Hard Rock Poker Showdown runner up Aditya Prasetyo (3th – $89,409).

In the end it came down to a heads-up battle between Awad Fabrice Soulier, a bracelet winner from Avignon, France. Awad took a 3-to-1 chip lead into the final showdown and was able to convert the advantage into the win.

In the final hand a short-stacked Soulier got his chips in on third street playign stud eight-or-better. The boards ran out as follows:

Awad: (9Diamond Suit3Spade Suit)3Club Suit9Club Suit5Club SuitAHeart Suit(10Heart Suit)
Soulier:(ADiamond SuitQDiamond Suit)6Club Suit8Heart Suit8Diamond Suit4Spade Suit(KDiamond Suit)

Awad’s two pair were enough to scoop the pot and send Soulier to the rail as the runner up with $131,762.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Hani Awad $213,186 900
2 Fabrice Soulier $131,762 750
3 Aditya Prasetyo $89,409 600
4 Denny Axel $61,888 450
5 Michael Chow $43,717 375
6 Gleb Kovtunov $31,527 300
7 Per Hildebrand $23,222 225
8 Timothy Burt $17,479 150

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2016 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.