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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 to Thursday, June 23, 2016

Event #36: $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $896,350
  • Entries: 394
  • Remaining: 0
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06/24/16 03:16:07 AM PDT


Hani Awad is the newest member of poker’s gold bracelet club.


The high stakes recreational poker player now residing in Las Vegas won the $2,500 buy-in Mixed Omaha/Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split tournament.  The competition was played over three days and nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas.


Awad, age 65, collected $213,186 in prize money, making this the biggest win of his career.  He now has ten WSOP cashes and more than $600,000 in career winnings.  However, that’s just part of the story.


Incredibly, Awad finished second in this same event last year, losing heads-up to Konstantin Maslak, from Russia.  This time, Awad reversed the final outcome defeating a tough and widely-popular poker pro from France – Fabrice Soulier.


Awad’s victory even took on an almost supernatural undertone.  Following his runner-up finish in this same tournament last year, he learned that his 93-year-old mother living back in his native Israel was undergoing open heart surgery.  She survived the procedure, and to honor his mother who continues to live near Nazareth, which is Awad’s birthplace, he vowed to come back to this same event again this year and win it for her.

That, he did.


“I promised her I was going to win it for her,” Awad said.  “It was my dream to win this, and it means the world.”


Fifty years ago, Awad immigrated to the United States and settled down in Las Vegas.  He’s been a witness to the city’s colorful history, including the neon lights and some of the darker chapters, as well.  One of Awad’s relatives was Elvis Presley’s doctor.  His brother is one of the city’s most famous attorneys.  He also worked at Binion’s Horseshoe as a poker dealer way back in the 1970’s. 


Awad has played with just about every big name in poker, including the late Stu Ungar. 


“When I first moved here, I lived in the same building as Ungar – at the Regency,” Awad said.  “I played with all the people you know – Ungar, Seymour (Leibowitz) – all of them.  I have been gambling for over 50 years in Las Vegas, I still play all the action games.  I am in the Bellagio for those games.”


In his formative years as a Las Vegas resident, Awad saw the area was going to boom, and like any great poker player thinking ahead, he began investing in real estate.  Later, he eventually purchased ownership of Lucky Cap, which is a local taxi company. 


That said, it wasn’t luck that gave Awad his first victory at the WSOP.  This achievement came from skill and hard work, and most of all – perseverance.


Awad won his well-deserved victory by coming out on top at a final table which included a solid lineup of pros, sprinkled with a few amateurs.  The final moment of triumph came when Awad scooped the final pot of the tournament against Fabrice Soulier who finished as the runner up.  The French poker player’s consolation prize amounted to $131,762.


This tourney attracted 394 entrants which created a prize pool totaling $896,350.  The top 60 finishers collected prize money.


Aside from the winner, here’s a brief report of the other top finishers who made the final table:


Second Place:  Fabrice Soulier, from Paris, France finished as the runner up.  He hoped to repeat his win from 2011 ($10,000 buy-in HORSE).  He added another $131,762 to his poker winnings, which placed him close to $2.2 million at the WSOP.  Soulier now has 31 cashes – including 1 first, 2 seconds, 1 fourth, and 4 sevenths.


Third Place:  Aditya Prasetyo, from Cambridge, MA came in third.  He’s a former business analyst-turned poker pro.  He also used to be a highly rated chess player.  This marked Prasetyo’s 13th time to cash in a WSOP tournament. His payout came to $89,409.  Prasetyo has also accumulated three WSOP Circuit gold ring victories.


Fourth Place:  Denny Axel, the former owner of Card Player Magazine and a longtime poker player and sports bettor, enjoyed his deepest WSOP finish in 21 years with this impressive finish.  This marked his fourth time to make a final table at the series.  Axel, known by serious NFL bettors for his season-wins futures, will have an additional $61,888 in his bankroll.


Fifth Place:  Michael Chow, from Las Vegas, NV came in fifth.   This marked his 25th time to cash at the series, which paid $43,717.  Chow’s WSOP earnings to date now total close to $900,000.


Sixth Place:  Gleb Kovtunov, from the Ukraine, ended up as the sixth-place finisher.  He’s now cashed seven times overall and five occasions at this year’s series after collecting $31,527 for his deepest run yet.


Seventh Place:  Per Hildebrand, from Marsta, Sweden came in seventh place.  Just days after coming off a sixth-place finish in the $10K Omaha High-Low Split Championship, the Swede made another final table.  This was his ninth time to cash at the WSOP, which paid $23,222.


Eighth Place:  Timothy Burt, from Diberville, MS rounded out the final table and came in eighth place.  He’s a former Army veteran who served two tours of duty in Iraq.  This marked Burt’s 13th time to cash in a WSOP.  He collected $17,479.  Burt has also won three gold rings on the WSOP Circuit.
06/23/16 10:58:00 PM PDT

Hani Awad, the Latest Bracelet Winner

Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better

Hani Awad:    / [3c,9c,5,Ah] /  
Fabrice Soulier:    /      /  

After a bring in, a complete, and a raise, Fabrice Soulier is all-in on third street. 

"Do you have anything?" Soulier asks Awad. Awad shakes his head and turns up his cards. "Every time you say you have nothing you have a pair!" 

Awad makes two pair on fourth street, putting Soulier in a deep hole, but Soulier also makes a pair of eights. Neither player improves on fifth, or sixth street. Awad shows his   on seventh to show Soulier that he is still live. Soulier, peeps his card, then gets out of his seat to shake Awad's hand. The dealer reveals the   and that's it. Awad takes the pot, the prize money, and the bracelet. Soulier is eliminated in second place and will collect $131,762 for his efforts. 

Congratulations to Hani Awad - Event #36: $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Champion ($213,186). A remarkable feat considering he took second in this event just one year ago.

Fabrice Soulier - Eliminated in Second Place for $131,762

Runner-Up Fabrice Soulier

A full recap of Event #36 will be posted soon. 

06/23/16 10:48:54 PM PDT

Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better

Hani Awad:    /      /  
Fabrice Soulier:    /      /  

Fabrice Soulier brings in with the [7h.] Hani Awad completes and Soulier calls. On fourth, Soulier bets and Awad calls. On fifth, Soulier moves all in for less than the big bet, and Awad calls. The two turn up their cards. Soulier has a flush draw, while Awad has a pair of kings.

Soulier makes his flush on sixth, but it's not over, as Awad picks up trip kings. He can still take the high with a board pair or a king. On seventh, Soulier draws a  , not improving his hand. Awad sweats his card then slams the   down on the table. He makes quads and is able to save half the pot from going to Soulier. Soulier locks up the low and the two chop the pot. 

Hani Awad - 4,495,000 (28 BB)
Fabrice Soulier - 405,000 (2 BB)

06/23/16 10:42:44 PM PDT

Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better

Hani Awad:     /     -
Fabrice Soulier:     /     -

Hani Awad brings in with the  . Fabrice Soulier raises. Awad calls. On fourth street Soulier bets, and Awad calls. On fifth street, Soulier slows down with a check. Awad bets and Soulier tosses his cards away. 

Hani Awad - 4,460,000 (28 BB)
Fabrice Soulier - 440,000 (3 BB)

06/23/16 10:38:27 PM PDT

Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better

From the button Hani Awad raises and Fabrice Soulier calls from the big blind. 

The flop is     and Soulier checks to Awad. Awad bets. Soulier puts in a check-raise, and Awad calls. 

The turn is the   and Soulier checks again. Awad bets. This time, Soulier just calls. 

On the   river, Soulier checks a third time. Awad bets and Soulier calls. Awad turns up      for a set and a low, and that is good to scoop the pot. 

"Are you kidding me?" Soulier says to no one in particular. 

Hani Awad - 4,260,000 (26 BB)
Fabrice Soulier - 640,000 (4 BB)

06/23/16 10:20:13 PM PDT

Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better

Fabrice Soulier raises from the button. Hani Awad calls

The flop is    . Awad bets and Soulier calls.

Both players check the   turn.

The river is the  . Awad checks, Soulier bets, then Awad calls.

Soulier turns over      for a full house and Awad sends his hand to the muck.

Fabrice Soulier - 1,700,000 (10 BB)
Hani Awad - 3,200,000 (20 BB)

06/23/16 10:15:34 PM PDT

Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better

Fabrice Soulier:     /      /  
Hani Awad:     /      /  

Hani Awad has the bring in and Fabrice Soulier completes. Awad calls.

Both players check fourth street. Awad checks fifth street, Soulier bets, and Awad calls.

On sixth street, Soulier checks, Awad bets, and Soulier calls.

Soulier bets seventh street, Awad calls, and Soulier shows     for a 75 low and the nut flush.

Fabrice Soulier: - 1,000,000 (6 BB)
Hanu Awad - 3,900,000 (24 BB)

06/23/16 10:10:26 PM PDT
Game Antes Bring-in or Small Blind Completion 
or Big Blind
Omaha 8
- 40,000 80,000 80,000/160,000
Stud 8
20,000 20,000 80,000/160,000
06/23/16 10:08:00 PM PDT
Level:28  Limits:80,000/160,000  
06/23/16 10:05:59 PM PDT

Fabrice Soulier

Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better 

From the button, Fabrice Soulier calls. Hani Awad checks his big blind. The flop comes     and both players check to see the   on the turn. On the turn, Awad checks to Soulier. Soulier bets and Awad calls. On the   river, Hani Awad leads, Soulier two bets all in, and Awad calls. 

Soulier shows      for a full house. Awad flashes [Ac,6h,19s,8h] for trip sixes with an ace kicker and Soulier takes the pot. 

Fabrice Soulier - 775,000 (6 BB)
Hani Awad - 4,125,000 (34 BB)

06/23/16 10:04:51 PM PDT

Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better

Fabrice Soulier:     /      /  
Hani Awad:     /      /  

Hani Awad has the bring in with the  . Soulier completes and Awad calls. On fourth street, Soulier bets and Awad calls. On fifth, Soulier bets and Awad calls again. On sixth, Awad picks up the betting lead when he catches an ace. He bets and Soulier calls. On seventh, Awad bets once more and Soulier calls. Awad shows     for aces up and Soulier frustratedly mucks his hand. 

Hani Awad - 4,350,000 (36 BB)
Fabrice Soulier - 550,000 (4 BB)

06/23/16 09:57:31 PM PDT

Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better 

The board reads       and Hani Awad bets. Fabrice Soulier calls from the button.

Soulier shows      to Awad's      and two pair scoops the pot.

Fabrice Soulier - 1,100,000 (9 BB)
Hani Awad - 3,900,000 (32 BB)

06/23/16 09:52:26 PM PDT

Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better

Hani Awad raises from the button, Fabrice Soulier reraises, and Awad calls.

The flop is    . Soulier bets and Awad calls.

The turn is the  . Soulier checks, Awad bets,and Soulier is all-in for a total of 390,000.

Soulier has      for three jacks and a nut low draw. Awad has      for kings up.

The river is the  , making a full house for Soulier. He scoops the pot to double up.

Fabrice Soulier - 780,000 (6 BB)
Hani Awad - 4,100,000 (34 BB)

06/23/16 09:36:57 PM PDT

Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better

From the button, Hani Awad raises. Fabrice Soulier calls from the big blind. The flop comes     and Soulier checks. Awad bets and Soulier calls. The turn is the  . Soulier decides to lead out and Awad calls. The river is the  . After a check from Soulier, Awad bets, and Soulier calls. 

Awad shows      for a straight and a low and it's good enough. Soulier mucks his hand as Awad extends his lead. 

"One day you'll stop catching cards," Soulier says to Awad as he pitches his cards into the muck.

Hani Awad - 4,100,000 (34 BB)
Fabrice Soulier - 850,000 (7 BB)

06/23/16 09:31:46 PM PDT

Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better

Fabrice Souler raises from the button and Hani Awad calls from the big blind. The flop comes    . Awad bets. Soulier calls. 

The turn is the   and Awad slows down with a check. Soulier bets and Awad calls. The river is the   and Awad checks again. Soulier bets and Awad calls. Soulier shows      for aces full and that's good enough to take down the pot with a full house. 

Fabrice Soulier - 1,550,000 (12 BB)
Hani Awad - 3,400,000 (28 BB)

06/23/16 09:25:48 PM PDT

Hani Awad and Fabrice Soulier are heads-up for the bracelet in Event #36.

Hani Awad- 3,600,000 (30 BB)
Fabrice Soulier - 1,300,000 (10 BB)

06/23/16 09:22:09 PM PDT

Aditya Prasetyo

Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better

Hani Awad:     /      /   
Aditya Prasetyo:     /      /   

On one of the first hands after the level begins, Aditya Prasetyo is all-in on fifth street with a pair of kings showing against Hani Awad's ace.

Awad shows    for his down cards. Prasetyo has   , three low cards to go with his kings.

Awad's ace pairs on sixth street, while Prasetyo also gets an ace, giving him some outs to a low.

Awad peels his river card and shows the  . Prasetyo takes his time to look at the last card. A voice on the rail calls for a king. It is paint, but it's the  , denying Prasetyo even half the pot. Awad's aces give him the hand.

Hani Awad - 3,600,000 (30 BB)
Aditya Prasetyo - Eliminated in 3rd Place ($89,409)
06/23/16 09:01:55 PM PDT
Game Antes Bring-in or Small Blind Completion 
or Big Blind
Omaha 8
- 30,000 60,000 60,000/120,000
Stud 8
20,000 60,000 60,000/120,000
06/23/16 09:01:50 PM PDT
Level:27  Limits:60,000/120,000  
06/23/16 08:41:48 PM PDT
Players have agreed to shorten the dinner break to 20 minutes. Play will resume at approximately 9 p.m.