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World Series of Poker -- Rami Boukai Wins Event No. 10

Boukai Earns $244,862 In Half Hold'em, Half Omaha Event


Rami BoukaiRami Boukai is no stranger to grueling competition. For years Boukai competed in mixed martial arts and at one point in his career, was just a few seconds shy of choking out famed WEC fighter Urijah Faber. But Boukai decided to trade the octagon for the felt and playing as “arbianight” online, he has quickly proven to be one of the better up-and-coming players in the game.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, Boukai took his poker career one step further by taking down his first World Series of Poker bracelet, winning event no. 10 (Pot-Limit Hold’em/ Omaha). Boukai was a major part of a 13-hour final day and came out on top to bank $244,862, the biggest score of his career.

The tournament attracted 453 players and paid out the final 45. Notables that made the money included Markus Lehmann, Daniel Negreanu, Jeff Williams, Fabrice Soulier, Bertrand Grospellier, Amnon Fillipi, Hoyt Corkins, David Sklansky, Tony Cousineau, Jamie Rosen, Surinder Sunar, Amit Makhija and Hevad Khan.

Joining Boukai at the final table was runner-up Najib Bennani, pot-limit Omaha genius Ben “MilkyBarKid” Grundy, L.A. Poker Classic Main Event winner Cornel Cimpan and Daniel “amichaikk” Makowsky.

Here are the final table results:

1. Rami Boukai — $244,862
2. Najib Bennani — $151,335
3. Ben Grundy — $99,574
4. Cornel Cimpan — $69,546
5. Daniel Makowsky — $51,313
6. Paul Parker — $39,904
7. Pawel Andrzejewski — $32,653
8. John Kabbaj — $28,006
9. Sigi Stockinger — $25,151

Here are the elimination hands according to’s live updates:

Sigi Stockinger Eliminated in Ninth Place ($25,151)

On a flop of AHeart Suit7Spade Suit5Diamond Suit Sigi Stockinger bet the pot (24,000). Daniel Makowsky made the call. The turn was dealt QDiamond Suit and Stockinger bet 80,000. Makowsky raised, forcing Stockinger to call all in. Thier cards:

Stockinger: ASpade SuitKClub SuitKHeart Suit8Club Suit
Makowsky: AClub SuitQClub Suit10Heart Suit4Club Suit

River: 7Heart Suit

Stockinger was eliminated in ninth place and Makowsky grew his stack to 602,000.

John Kabbaj

John Kabbaj Eliminated in Eighth Place ($28,006)

John Kabbaj limped under the gun and Rami Boukai called. Cornel Cimpan raised to 66,000 from the button. Kabbaj called and Boukai mucked. The flop was dealt 8Spade Suit5Spade Suit3Heart Suit and Kabbaj bet the pot. Cimpan raised and Kabbaj made the all-in call. Their cards:

Kabbaj: AClub SuitJClub Suit7Spade Suit4Spade Suit
Cimpan:ASpade SuitAHeart SuitKHeart SuitQSpade Suit

Turn and River: 9Spade SuitJDiamond Suit

Cimpan won the hand to take the chip lead and Kabbaj was eliminated in eighth place.

Daniel MakowskyPawel Andrzejewski Eliminated in Seventh place ($32,653)

Rami Boukai limped in from under the gun, Pawel Andrzejewski raised to 70,000 from late position and Boukai called. The flop came 10Club Suit4Heart Suit3Club Suit, and Andrzejewski moved all in. Boukai called and both players turned over their cards.

Andrzejewski: ASpade SuitAHeart SuitADiamond Suit8Club Suit
Boukai: 10Heart Suit8Spade Suit7Diamond Suit6Diamond Suit

Andrzejewski got it in good with the overpair, Boukai was behind with just top pair. The turn was the 7Heart Suit, giving Boukai two pair and now Andrzejewski’s tournament life is on the line. The river was the 2Heart Suit, and Pawel Andrzejewski was eliminated

Paul Parker Eliminated in Sixth Place ($39,904)

Paul Parker raised to 84,000 from under the gun and Rami Boukai min-raised. Parker then called all in and showed AClub Suit 6Heart Suit but was dominated by Boukai’s ADiamond Suit KHeart Suit.

The board ran out 10Heart Suit 8Club Suit 7Club Suit 4Diamond Suit 7Heart Suit and Parker was eliminated in sixth place.

Cornel CimpanDaniel Makowsky Eliminated in Fifth Place ($51,313)

Daniel Makowsky raised to 140,000 and Najib Bennani reraised the pot, putting Makowsky all in.

Makowsky obliged with a call and showed AHeart Suit JClub Suit which was racing against Bennani’s pocket eights.

The board ran out KHeart Suit3Diamond Suit2Diamond Suit7Heart SuitKDiamond Suit and Makowsky was eliminated.

Cornel Cimpan Eliminated in Fourth Place ($69,546)

Ben GrundyNajib Bennani completed from the small blind and Cornel Cimpan raised to 150,000. Bennani then called and both players saw a flop of JClub Suit7Diamond Suit5Spade Suit. Bennani put Cimpan all in and he made the call.

Cimpan showed AClub SuitADiamond Suit7Heart Suit3Diamond Suit for an over pair with a back door flush draw and Bennani showed 8Club Suit6Club Suit5Club Suit5Heart Suit for bottom set and an open-ended straight draw.

The turn and river came 2Heart Suit4Club Suit and Bennani’s straight sent Cimpan to the rail in fourth place.

Ben Grundy Eliminated in Third Place ($99,574)

Najib Bennani raised to 125,000 and Ben Grundy reraised the pot from the small blind, making it 425,000. Bennani put Grundy’s last 40,000 all in and Grundy called with AClub SuitASpade SuitADiamond Suit7Spade Suit. Bennani showed KDiamond SuitQSpade SuitJDiamond Suit4Spade Suit and the board ran out 10Club Suit7Club Suit5Heart SuitJClub SuitKHeart Suit, giving him two pair and busting Grundy in third place.

Najib BennaniRami Boukai Wins Event No. 10 ($244,862) Najib Bennani Eliminated in Second Place ($151,335)

It didn’t take long after Ben Grundy’s elimination for the two remaining players to mix it up. Najib Bennani raised on the button and Rami Boukai reraised the size of the pot, putting Bennani all in.

Bennani called and showed QHeart SuitJDiamond Suit and was relieved to be racing against Boukai’s 9Club Suit9Spade Suit.

The flop came out AClub SuitKHeart SuitQSpade Suit and Bennani took the lead, but the turn was the 9Diamond Suit and Boukai was right back on top. The river was the ADiamond Suit and Bennani was eliminated, earning $151,335.

Boukai earned the biggest cash of his career with $244,862 and picked up his first career bracelet.