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Rami Boukai Wins His Second World Series of Poker Gold Bracelet

The Poker Pro Defeated 612 EntriesIn The $1,500 Eight-Game Mix Event To Win $177,294


Rami Boukai is no stranger to fighting it out for a title. Boukai was a mixed martial arts fighter before trading in MMA for a career as a poker pro. Boukai secured his second World Series of Poker gold bracelet by taking down the 2019 WSOP $1,500 eight-game mix event, defeating a field of 612 entries. He took home $177,294 for the win.

The event was only scheduled to last three days, but an extra day was needed when play was halted a little after 2:00 a.m. local time, with both Boukai and John Evans still in contention.

Boukai had scored the first knockout of the six-handed final table, winning a preflop race in no-limit hold’em with ASpade SuitKHeart Suit against the JSpade SuitJClub Suit. Boukai hit a king on the flop and held from there to send Rubinstein packing with $24,292.

Boukai’s next victim was Allen Kessler. The man known to many as “The Chainsaw” got his last chips in preflop with ASpade Suit2Heart Suit and got called by Boukai out of the big blind holding QClub Suit8Spade Suit. The board came down QHeart Suit7Club Suit3Diamond Suit4Spade Suit6Spade Suit and Boukai made a pair of queens to lock up the pot. Kessler took home $24,292.

Philip Long won this event in 2018, and came incredibly close to defending his title this year. His run came to an end in Omaha eight-or-better. With a flop of ASpade Suit10Diamond Suit9Diamond Suit, Long put his last chips in with AClub SuitKSpade SuitKDiamond Suit10Club Suit for top two pair. John Evans called him with 4Heart Suit4Diamond Suit3Heart Suit2Spade Suit. The turn was the 6Heart Suit to give Evans a low draw. The 4Spade Suit on the river gave him the scoop, with a set and the nut low. Long was awarded $49,531 as the fourth-place finisher.

Chris Klodnicki quest for his second career bracelet ended in deuce-to-seven triple draw, when he ran into the 8-6-5-3-2 of Boukai. Klodnicki ended up with ace high after missing his draws and was eliminated in third place ($72,933). Not long after that hand ended, play was stopped for the evening.

Boukai took roughly a 3-to-1 lead into heads-up play against Evans when play resumed on the unscheduled fourth day. He was able to extend that advantage to more than a 10-to-1 lead buy the time the final hand was dealt. In limit hold’em, Evans limped in form the button with 7Spade Suit4Diamond Suit and Boukai checked his option holding QHeart Suit5Spade Suit. The flopd came down 5Diamond Suit4Spade Suit3Club Suit and Boukai bet. Evans raised and Boukai called. The KSpade Suit on the turn saw the rest of the chips go in. Evans was in need of help, but the 10Heart Suit on the river didn’t bring any. Evans was knocked out in second place, earning $109,553 as the runner-up finisher.

Boukai was awarded 840 "Card Player Player of the Year ": as the champion. This was his first POY-qualified score of the year, but it alone was enough to see him climb into 251st place in the 2019 POY race standings, which are sponsored by Global Poker.

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

Place Player Winnings (USD) POY Points
1 Rami Boukai $177,294 840
2 John Evans $109,553 700
3 Chris Klodnicki $72,933 560
4 Philip Long $49,531 420
5 Allen Kessler $34,329 350
6 Donny Rubinstein $24,292 280

For more coverage from the summer series, check out the 2019 WSOP landing page, complete with a full schedule, results, news, player interviews, and event recaps.