2021 World Series of Poker Europe 888poker WPTDS London Online
Event #71: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha
Days:
123

Event Info

Buy-in $1,500
Prize Pool $1,148,100
Players 860

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 100,000 / 200,000
Ante 200,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
Event #71: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha
Day 3 Completed

Mourad Amokrane Dominates the Final Table On His Way to Winning Event #71: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha

dsalituro • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Mourad Amokrane
Mourad Amokrane

The later stages of a World Series of Poker event are usually filled with high drama and suspense. Mourad Amokrane of France ensured there wouldn’t be any today on his way to winning Event #71: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha.

Amokrane eliminated Matt Mamiya on the first hand of heads-up play to cap off one of the most dominant final table performances in recent memory. He earned $132,844 and his first WSOP gold bracelet for outlasting the field of 860 players.

“I have no words. I look at all the poker shows on TV. I know all the famous players and getting a WSOP bracelet is something unbelievable for me. I don’t realize it,” he said.

"It's just a beautiful feeling. My wife is calling from France right now. She was not sleeping all night to follow the updates."

Amokrane is an optician, selling eyeglasses in the suburbs of Paris. He only arrived in Las Vegas a few days before the tournament as the European travel ban was lifted. His first goal was to try to win a seat in the Main Event. Failing to do that, he jumped right into the Omaha event, his favorite game.

“I’m not a professional player. I have a daily job and going to Vegas is my way to relax and enjoy my hobby,” he said.

Day 3 Action

He proceeded to put on a show. Amokrane was the chip leader after Day 1 and came into Day 3 second in chips out of 15 remaining. After eliminating both Ryan Terpstra and Ronald Larsen on the same hand, hitting quads on the river to crack Larsen’s full house, he took a massive chip lead into the ten-handed unofficial final table.

Amokrane’s seemingly magical run to the bracelet, though, wouldn’t be without adversity. He doubled up Kao Chieng Saechao and Dustin Nelson to start the final table. After holding a stack of 7,800,000, he dropped below 1,000,000.

He began his comeback by doubling up through Saechao, spiking a straight on the river holding {a-Clubs}{k-}{q-Clubs}{j-Spades} on a board of {10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{4-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{8-Spades}. He then finished off the talkative Saechao in eighth place with a pair of aces.

Jeff Gross and Paulo Villena would fall next as Amokrane took firm control of the final table. He held more than half the chips with five players remaining. He eliminated Nelson in fifth place with a pair of aces and Matthew Mlsna in fourth with a set of kings.

During three-handed play, Amokrane had a chip lead of 18,100,000 while Mamiya and Matthew Humphrey had 3,400,000 combined. Amokrane rivered a straight on the river to knock out Humphrey in third and took a 60-1 chip lead over Mamiya into heads-up.

It wouldn’t take long. On the first hand, Mamiya went all in for 350,000 and Amokrane called with {q-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{3-Hearts}. Mamiya made a pair of eights on the turn with the board showing {2-Spades}{2-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}, but the {5-Diamonds} on the river gave Amokrane another straight, the knockout, and the bracelet.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Mourad AmokraneFrance$132,844
2Matt MamiyaUnited States$82,100
3Matthew HumphreyUnited States$58,733
4Matthew MlsnaUnited States$42,604
5Dustin NelsonUnited States$31,344
6Paulo VillenaSpain$23,392
7Jeff GrossUnited States$17,712
8Kao Chieng SaechaoUnited States$13,610
9Nikolay YosifovBulgaria$10,616

“I was really ready for this final day,” he said. “I had some difficult moments at the beginning of the final table. I lost a lot of chips, but I had really good reads all day and my state of mind was just serenity. I was just waiting for the good spots and I was patient. I just followed all my reads and all went well.”

Amokrane is the third Frenchman to win a bracelet at the 2021 WSOP, joining Alexandre Reard and Jean-Luc Adam. He had never cashed in a WSOP event before and estimates he picked up around 40 bounties during the tournament.

He also has the bracelet and ensured “La Marseillaise” will once again play in the Brasilia Room when Amokrane takes his spot of honor following a victory well deserved.

Tags: Dustin NelsonJeff GrossKao Chieng SaechaoMatt MamiyaMatthew HumphreyMatthew MlsnaMourad AmokraneNikolay YosifovPaulo VillenaRonald LarsenRyan Terpstra

Matt Mamiya Eliminated in 2nd Place ($82,100)

dsalituro • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Matt Mamiya
Matt Mamiya

On the first hand of heads-up play, Matt Mamiya moved all in for 350,000 and Mourad Amokrane called.

Matt Mamiya: {j-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}
Mourad Amokrane: {q-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{3-Hearts}

Mamiya held the lead with a pair of eights through the turn on a board of {2-Spades}{2-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}, but the {5-Diamonds} on the river improved Amokrane to a straight and won him the WSOP bracelet.

Stay tuned for a full recap of the tournament.

Mourad Amokrane FR
Mourad Amokrane
FR 21,500,000 350,000
Matt Mamiya US
Matt Mamiya
US Busted

Tags: Matt MamiyaMourad Amokrane

Matthew Humphrey Eliminated in 3rd Place ($58,733)

dsalituro • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Matthew Humphrey
Matthew Humphrey

Mourad Amokrane raised to 700,000 and Matthew Humphrey defended his big blind. The flop came {6-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{j-Clubs} and Humphrey got his last 1,200,000 in the middle.

Matthew Humphrey: {q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{9-Spades}
Mourad Amokrane: {q-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{6-Spades}

Humphrey was ahead with top two pair as the {9-Clubs} fell on the turn. The {5-Diamonds} on the river improved Amokrane to a straight and sent Humphrey to the rail in third place.

Amokrane and Matt Mamiya are now preparing for the start of heads-up play.

Mourad Amokrane FR
Mourad Amokrane
FR 21,150,000 3,020,000
Matt Mamiya US
Matt Mamiya
US 350,000 -580,000
Matthew Humphrey US
Matthew Humphrey
US Busted

Tags: Matt MamiyaMatthew HumphreyMourad Amokrane

Matthew Mlsna Eliminated in 4th Place ($42,604)

dsalituro • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Matthew Mlsna
Matthew Mlsna

Mourad Amokrane raised to 570,000 from the button and Matthew Mlsna defended. The flop came {7-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{4-Clubs}, Mlsna potted, Amokrane raised, and Mlsna called all in for around 1,500,000.

Matthew Mlsna: {9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{6-Spades}{5-Clubs}
Mourad Amokrane: {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{3-Hearts}

Amokrane had flopped a set of kings, while Mlsna was chasing a straight. The {10-Hearts}{7-Spades} turn and river improved Amokrane to a full house as Mlsna was eliminated.

Mourad Amokrane FR
Mourad Amokrane
FR 17,800,000 2,370,000
Matthew Mlsna us
Matthew Mlsna
us Busted

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Triple Up for Mamiya

gaellej • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

Matt Mamiya open-shoved for his last 540,000 and it was called by Mourad Amokrane on the button and Matthew Mlsna in the big blind. The flop revealed {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{7-Spades} and Amokrane sent 600,000 in the middle. Mlsna took a minute and let it go.

Matt Mamiya: {7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}
Mourad Amokrane: {9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{3-Clubs}

Mamiya had a set of sevens and the rest of the board didn't change anything with the {2-Clubs} and the {3-Diamonds} to give him the triple up. Mlsna said to the table he would have hit the straight.

Mourad Amokrane FR
Mourad Amokrane
FR 15,430,000 230,000
Matthew Mlsna us
Matthew Mlsna
us 3,550,000 -1,400,000
Matt Mamiya US
Matt Mamiya
US 1,900,000 700,000

Tags: Matthew MlsnaMourad AmokraneMatt Mamiya

Humphrey Finds Another Much-Needed Double

dsalituro • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

Matthew Humphrey had fallen to 300,000 and got them in the middle after Mourad Amokrane raised preflop.

Matthew Humphrey: {a-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{7-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}
Mourad Amokrane: {q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{4-Spades}{2-Hearts}

Humphrey made a pair of aces on the {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{6-Clubs} flop and Amokrane didn't improve beyond a pair of nines as the board ran out {9-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}.

Mourad Amokrane FR
Mourad Amokrane
FR 15,200,000 1,800,000
Matthew Humphrey US
Matthew Humphrey
US 1,200,000 300,000

Tags: Matthew HumphreyMourad Amokrane

Small Double Up for Humphrey

gaellej • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

All the chips went in the middle preflop between Matthew Humphrey, who was all in for a remaining stack around 400,000, and Mourad Amokrane, who had made the call in the big blind:

Matthew Humphrey: {a-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}
Mourad Amokrane:{k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{6-Clubs}

The board brought {q-Spades}{4-Hearts}{2-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{6-Spades} and Humphrey got the double up with a straight.

Mourad Amokrane FR
Mourad Amokrane
FR 13,400,000 -100,000
Matthew Humphrey US
Matthew Humphrey
US 900,000 -150,000

Tags: Matthew HumphreyMourad Amokrane

Mlsna Gets No Takers

dsalituro • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

Matt Mamiya limped in from under the gun before Mourad Amokrane raised to 480,000. Matthew Mlsna called in the big blind, as did Mamiya.

All three players checked the {q-Clubs}{3-Spades}{10-Spades} flop. The turn came the {4-Diamonds} and Mlsna led out for 450,000. Mamiya quickly folded, as did Amokrane as Mlsna showed two tens for the flopped set.

Mourad Amokrane FR
Mourad Amokrane
FR 13,500,000 -300,000
Matthew Mlsna us
Matthew Mlsna
us 4,950,000 850,000
Matt Mamiya US
Matt Mamiya
US 1,200,000 -1,350,000

Tags: Matthew MlsnaMourad AmokraneMatt Mamiya