$2.5k PL Mixed - Chicken Dinnarrr!
The $2,500 Mixed Pot Limit Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha tournament has finished. Rami Boukai ended up on top after beating second place finisher Najid Bennani into submission.
Boukai, was at one point in his life considering a career in mixed martial arts fighting. He holds a lifetime 2-1 fight record.
Luckily for him, he decided to hand out beatings in a different manner and chose a career playing poker instead.
Known for years online as "arbianknight", Boukai was a fixture all the way back to the early Party Poker days when he was playing the biggest cash games they offered.
He has shown he can hang in the cash games, but tonight he has proven that he has what it takes to hang in live tournaments as well.
Boukai took home a handsome $244,862 to go along with his shiny new bracelet.
Najib Bennani raised it from the button to 125,000. Ben Grundy took one look at his hand and pushed in his entire stack. Rami Boukai folded and it was back to Bennani who tanked it.
"Come on, put me out of my misery. I've got the funniest hand," Grundy said. Bennani decided to make the call.
"This is all I've got," Grundy said and flipped over A♣ A♦ A♣ 7♥.
"You don't even have a suit," said the always helpful Boukai.
Bennani turned up K♦ J♦ Q♠ 4♠. The flop was a Grundy Friendly 7♣ 5♥ T♣. The J♣ turn brought a few 'oh no's' from the peanut gallery.
Grundy leaned into the table to see what the river would bring. It was the K♥! Bennani had made two pair to beat Grundy's aces. Grundy stared in disbelief for a moment before separating himself from the table. Someone was there to escort him to the pay out line.
"Do I really have to do it now," sighed Grundy.
Rami Boukai didn't waste time in grounding and pounding on Bennani. Just a few minutes into the match Boukai had already ground down Bennani to a 3-1 chip deficit.
Surprisingly the final hand came in the Pot Limit Hold'em rotation. Most of the big hands throughout this event were during the PLO rounds.
It all started when Bennani made a pot sized raise from the button. Boukai reraised pot and Bennani called. Bennani must have been pleased to see Boukai turn over pocket nines. He was fortunate to be in a coin flip situation with his Q♥ J♦.
Bennani was even more thrilled when he flopped a queen. A brutal 9♦ on the turn had Bennani singing a different tune. A devastating and cruel board for Bennani, the double up was dangled right in front of his face before being snatched away.
Najib Bennani didn't win a bracelet but he did win himself $151,335.
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