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Mourad Amokrane Wins 2021 World Series of Poker $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty Event

The French Player Defeated A Field of 860 Entries To Win His First Bracelet and $132,844


The 2021 World Series of Poker $1,500 buy-in pot-limit Omaha bounty event drew a field of 860 entries to build a prize pool of $1,148,100. After three full days of PLO knockout action, it was France’s Mourad Amokrane who came away with the title. Amokrane took home $132,844 in prize money and his first WSOP gold bracelet for the win.

The final day of this action-packed event began with 15 players remaining and Matt Mamiya in the lead, with Amokrane not far behind. Amokrane fell to eighth in chips by the time the field was narrowed to nine, but managed to outlast Nikolay Yusifov (9th – $10,616) to make the official eight-handed final table. He then found a double-up through Kao Chieng Saechao to surge up the leaderboard. Amokrane then picked up pocket aces to eliminate Saechao in eighth place ($13,610).

Jeff GrossJeff Gross was the next to fall, getting all-in with AHeart Suit10Heart Suit10Diamond Suit2Spade Suit against the ASpade SuitKClub SuitQSpade Suit2Heart Suit of Matthew Humphrey. The board gave Humphrey queens and nines to send Gross to the rail with $17,712 for his seventh-place showing. This was his second final-table finish of the series, having placed fifth in the $10,000 PLO eight-or-better championship event for $106,391 just over a week ago.

Dustin Nelson busted Paulo Villena-Porto in sixth place ($23,392), but then was himself the next to be eliminated. Nelson ran into a full house for Amokrane to lose a huge chunk of his stack. The rest went in against Amokrane, who this time had picked up pocket aces. Nelson was unable to come from behind with his flopped pair and straight draw. He earned $31,344 for his fifth-place finish.

Matthew Mlsna got his chips in with a wrap draw against the top set of kings held by Amokrane. The board paired on the river to narrow the field to three. Mlsna cashed for $42,604 as the fourth-place finisher, while Amokrane added to what had already become a sizable lead.

Matthew Humphrey got all-in with top two pair, queens and jacks, which was ahead of Amokrane’s queens and sixes after the flop. Amokrane hit a backdoor nine-high straight though, ending Humphrey’s run in third place ($58,733).

With that Amokrane took an absolutely huge lead into heads-up play against Matt Mayima. It took just one hand for him to close it out. Mayima got the last of his short stack in with JDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit3Club Suit against the QDiamond Suit6Heart Suit4Club Suit3Heart Suit. The board ran out ADiamond Suit2Spade Suit2Heart Suit8Club Suit5Diamond Suit and Amokrane made a wheel on the river to lock up the pot and the title. Mayima earned $82,100 as the runner-up.

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

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Mourad Amokrane $132,844 912
2 Matt Mayima $82,100 760
3 Matthew Humphrey $58,733 608
4 Matthew Mlsna $42,604 456
5 Dustin Nelson $31,344 380
6 Paulo Villena-Porto $23,392 304
7 Jeff Gross $17,712 228
8 Kao Saechao $13,610 152

Winner photo credit: WSOP / Melissa Haereiti.