25 March 2018 (Tulsa, Ok.) - Mazen Abdallah is a retired attorney. He just won the $3,250 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller at the Hard Rock Tulsa WSOP Circuit stop to take home $31,500 and his first WSOP gold circuit ring in his first-ever tournament.
"I've always wanted to play a WSOP tournament, I just never had the time," Abdallah said.
He figured the smaller field would be more suitable to his playstyle, but he's also looking forward.
"It's always been a goal to play the WSOP Main Event and I'm going to to that this year," he said, "I got the ring now, maybe I can go get the bracelet."
Abdallah beat a field of 21 players over the past two days. He eventually busted Cody Stos in second after Stos doubled a few times during heads up play. Finally, Abdallah's pocket fours held up and he finished the tournament on top and claimed the win.
Play started with eight players returning from Day 1 and three other players who bought in today. With only three players making the money, the likes of Jason Gooch, Kevin Eyster, and Michael Wang fell and Will Berry bubbled -- finishing fourth after losing an all in to Abdallah.
Abdallah had a little extra incentive he says, thanks to a prop bet with a friend. He didn't want to talk too much about the bet, but he did reveal that he won the bet. Congratulations to Abdallah on his WSOP circuit ring and on winning the bet.