Sami Bechahed, a French poker dealer, on Sunday claimed the title at the PokerStars North American Poker Tour Las Vegas Main Event at Resorts World. Beating a field of 1,095 players in the $1,650 buy-in tournament, Bechahed secured a substantial win of $268,945.
Reflecting on his victory, Bechahed acknowledged the skill of his opponents, especially at the final table. “I was the second least experienced player at the final table. So, I had to be cautious, patient, and it paid off,” he stated post-win.
Having moved from Europe to the U.S. to join his wife, who is currently nine months pregnant, Bechahed’s win in Las Vegas adds to his growing success in poker. He previously won the World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw main event in 2022, taking home $274,916. His career earnings now exceed $1.1 million.
The NAPT Las Vegas main event, the first since 2011, attracted a large turnout with 1,095 entries. The event’s prize pool reached $1,609,650, surpassing the $1.5 million guarantee. Among the notable players were Parker Talbot, Scott Ball, David Jackson, and Ryan Leng.
The final day saw Bechahed leading in chips, with Spanish player Sergio Aido close behind. Early action included Sandeep Pallampati’s exit in seventh place, earning $42,060. Nick Schulman, a four-time bracelet winner, was eliminated next by Bechahed, boosting Schulman’s career earnings to over $17.1 million.
Five-handed play saw intense competition, ending with Aido’s exit in fifth place ($71,080). Bechahed then eliminated Ping Liu in fourth place ($92,410) and David Coleman in third place ($120,130), setting up a heads-up battle with Jonathan Borenstein. Bechahed swiftly clinched the title, leaving Borenstein in second place with a prize of $168,175.
Final Table Results
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