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Kammar Andries Wins 2018 WSOP Circuit Coconut Creek Main Event

Physical Therapist Defeats 827-Entry Field To Win $241,898


Kammar Andries has won the first-ever World Series of Poker Circuit Seminole Coconut Creek $1,675 no-limit hold’em main event, defeating field of 827 total entries to win $241,898 and his first WSOPC gold ring.

“In my dreams, I just wanted to win a ring, honestly,” Andries told WSOP reporters after it was all over.

Andries is a 40-year-old physical therapist with a practice in Orlando. He picked up the game roughly 15 years ago when he moved to New York from Guyana. This series was the first time he had played in eight months.

“Usually I just come in for one tournament and leave,” said Andries.

Andries made a few cashes during the early events at the WSOPC series at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, but nearly skipped the main event. After a losing session in a private cash game, he got in his car to drive home to Orlando. But along the way, he grew tired and decided to pull off to the side of the road to rest. He woke up the following morning feeling much better and decided to play the main event after all, and the rest was history.

Andries came into the final day in fifth chip position with 15 players remaining. 2015 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open main event winner Brian Altman began the day with the lead, and he was still in great shape by the time the field had been narrowed to just three contenders. At that point he got involved in arguably the pivotal hand of the tournament. Altman raised to 225,000 on the button and Andries three-bet to 750,000 out of the small blind. Mike Linster folded his big blind and Altman made it 1,450,000 to go. Andries moved all-in for 5,595,000 and Altman snap-called with the QSpade SuitQHeart Suit only to get shown Andries’ KSpade SuitKClub Suit. The QClub Suit7Club Suit4Heart Suit looked like a disaster for Andries, but the KDiamond Suit on the turn gave him the higher set and the 2Diamond Suit on the river secured the pot for him, giving him a massive lead and leaving Altman with less than ten big blinds. He was eliminated soon after in third place ($110,107).

Andries was able to convert his lead of roughly 2-to-1 over 2013 WPT bestbet Open champion Mike Linster into a win, ultimately making two pair with 10Club Suit3Diamond Suit against Linster’s pocket sixes to win the final pot and secure the title. Linster earned $149,480 for his runner-up showing.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Kammar Andries $241,898 912
2 Michael Linster $149,480 760
3 Brian Altman $110,107 608
4 Jason Hill $82,171 456
5 Lavann Williams $62,124 380
6 Dafney Adisson $47,573 304
7 Michael Foley $36,892 228
8 Kevin Schaffel $28,966 152
9 David Gunas $23,024 76