Hassan Kamel won 2023 World Series of Poker $10,000 pot-limit Omaha eight or better, winning a field of 247 total entries to earn $598,613 and his first gold bracelet.
This was not only Kamel’s first win in the series, but also his first cash in a WSOP event. Prior to this huge win, the Aussie’s highest score was a $22,577 payday earned for finishing 58th in 2019 European Poker Tour Barcelona main event.
In addition to the title and cash, Kamel also secured 1,020 Card player Player of the Year Points and 599 Tour of PokerGO points for the win.
This tournament was set to take place over the course of four days, but the fast and furious action led to an early conclusion after just three days of play inside the Paris and Horseshoe Las Vegas.
The strong turnout saw the top 42 finishers make money, with notable cashes including two-time bracelet winner Chris Vitch (19th), two-time bracelet winner Martin Zamani (18th), Poker World Tour champion Dylan Wilkerson (17th), bracelet winner Maxx Coleman (15th), bracelet winner Naoya Kihara (13th), bracelet winner Patrick Leonard (12th), four-time bracelet winner Ben Yu (11th) and three-time bracelet winner Paul Volpe (9th).
By the time the final table was decided, Kamel had established a good chip lead. In a few minutes, European Poker Tour champion Dzmitry Urbanovich (8th – $61,346) and Long Tran (7th – $79,979) were eliminated to see the field shrink to six contenders.
Kamel then eliminated Stephen Deutsch (6th – $105,737) to further extend his lead. Bracelet winner Dylan Weisman runs in second WSOP the title finished in fifth place. Weisman earned $141,727 for his efforts, boosting his tournament earnings to nearly $1.9 million in the process.
Recent WSOP Fifth-placed millionaire Anton Smirnov moved all-in behind Kamel’s pocket aces. Smirnov flopped two pair, but Kamel made the nut flush to win the pot and eliminate Smirnov in fourth place ($192,562).
By the dinner break, Kamel had more than four times as many chips as the next largest stack. After play resumed, he made a straight against short-stacked John Holley to eliminate him in third place ($265,156).
With that, Kamel entered heads-up play with an over 17:1 lead over Ryan Hoenig. In the final hand, the pair saw a flop of 984. All chips went all-in with Hoenig holding Ak94. Kamel had J654. The 7 turn gave Kamel a high nine and a low straight. The 7 he completed the board and Kamel won, sending Hoenig home with $369,972 for his second-place finish.
Here’s a look at payments and POY extension points awarded at the final table:
|Place||Player||Earnings||POY extension Points||PGT extension Points|
|3||John Holley III||$265,156||680||265|
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Winning photo credit: WSOP / Spenser Looked.