Aussie Kamel Wins $598,613 in WSOP Event #75: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

Hassan Kamel, a cheerful Australian player, has secured the grand prize of $598,613 and his first gold bracelet in 2023 World Series of Poker Event #75: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, after an intense, seven-hour-long final day session.

Despite the tournament originally spanning four days, Kamel’s dominant performance concluded the competition prematurely. Among 277 contenders, Kamel started the day ranked third in chips. However, his exceptional strategy and consistency catapulted him to the top, a position he maintained throughout the day, staking a strong claim on the sizeable $2,576,100 prize pool.

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Ryan Hoenig, who came second, took home $369,972. Despite the presence of nine other bracelet winners, none could withstand Kamel’s relentless progress. Notably, the final eight included Omaha specialist Dylan Weisman and Dzmitry Urbanovich, who, despite his numerous deep runs, could not secure his maiden victory at the ongoing 2023 WSOP.

The tournament’s final day commenced with 19 contenders. Early setbacks hit Christopher Vitch and Martin Zamani, despite the former starting the day eighth in chips and the latter leading the leaderboard for a while. In a surprising twist, they were both eliminated, Vitch by Zamani, and Zamani by Anton Smirnov.

Before long, the final two tables formed after the ousting of Dylan Wilkerson, setting the stage for an adrenaline-packed session. Within the subsequent hour, Joao Simao’s journey ended, and the competitors dwindled to 15. More showdowns followed, with Maxx Coleman and Ryan Rapaski making their exits. Naoya Kihara, Patrick Leonard, and Ben Yu put up a valiant effort, but they too were eventually defeated.

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Calen McNeil of Canada, a past WSOP bracelet winner, managed a temporary recovery, only to be eliminated after a contest with Smirnov. Following McNeil’s exit, the final table was unofficially established, and soon Paul Volpe left the competition. By the time the second break arrived, Urbanovich and Long Tran had also been eliminated, and six players remained.

Throughout the tournament, Kamel remained an imposing force, continuously augmenting his towering stack of chips with an aggressive strategy, leaving his opponents waiting for a chance to act. Stephen Deutsch, Dylan Weisman, and Anton Smirnov were the next to leave, and the tournament moved into the dinner break with just three players.

The final leg of the tournament saw John Holley lose his stack, followed by a spirited but futile attempt by Hoenig. Hoenig’s gracious exit marked the end of the event, as he congratulated the deserving Kamel, saying “you played great, man.”

Final Table Results

Result Winner Country Prize
1 Hassan Kamel Australia $598,613
2 Ryan Hoenig United States $369,972
3 John Holley United States $265,156
4 Anton Smirnov Russia $192,562
5 Dylan Weisman United States $141,727
6 Stephen Deutsch United States $105,737
7 Long Tran United States $79,979
8 Dzmitry Urbanovich Poland $61,346

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