WSOP 2018

$1,100 Open

Level Info

Level 42
Blinds 6,000,000 / 12,000,000
Ante 0

Players Info

Prize Pool 1,194,070 CAD
$1,100 Open
Day 3 completed

Karim-Olivier Kamal Wins the partypoker MILLIONS North America $1,100 Open for $210,000

MartianNews • Level 42: 6,000,000-12,000,000, 0 ante
Karim-Olivier Kamal
Karim-Olivier Kamal

A long and grueling 13-hour day of poker has finally come to an end, with Karim-Olivier Kamal winning the partypoker MILLIONS North America $1,100 Open. Kamal defeated Kauvsegan Ehamparam in an extensive heads-up battle to capture the trophy and the $210,000 first place prize.

Kamal makes his home at the Playground Poker Club with all of his cashes coming there dating back to 2015. With a total of over $31,000 in career earnings, his previous largest cash came in 2016 for a total of C$26,638. This marks his biggest cash to date and his first ever major tournament win.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (CAD)Prize (USD)
1Karim-Olivier KamalCanada$210,000$163,004
2Kauvsegan EhamparamCanada$133,920$103,950
3Chris MoormanUnited Kingdom$88,000$68,299
4Aaron DuczakCanada$58,000$45,015
5Alexander LynskeyAustralia$40,000$31,045
6Martin JacobsonSweden$28,000$21,732
7Ryan YuCanada$20,000$15,523
8Alexander HartungGermany$15,000$11,641
9Sebastien Drolet-PoitrasCanada$12,000$9,313

The day began with 68 runners but the field size quickly dwindled, with the short stacks hitting the rail. Some of the big names to be eliminated early include Griffin Benger (66th - $4,000), Kevin Rivest (65th - $4,000), Phizer Jordan (45th - $4,750), Mohsin Charania (21th - $6,500), and Dejuante Alexander (15th - $7,750).

Kamal entered as the chip leader when the unofficial final table began. He was closely followed by the two favorites Martin Jacobson and Chris Moorman.

Final Table Summary

Just a couple of hands into the final table, Alexander Hartung shoved with his open-ended straight draw and was called by Moormans set of fours. Hartung missed his draw and was eliminated in eighth place. The final seven players played for over 90-minutes before Ryan Yu became the next to fall. His pocket threes were defeated by Kamal's ace-five.

Jacobson held one of the largest stacks during the final table but his flopped two-pair was soon counterfeited by Ehampara. He then got all of his chips in the middle preflop with pocket kings but his opponent, Kamal, made a four-card flush to eliminate Jacobson. Moments later, Alexander Lynskey put his short stack to the test but ran into the kings of Kamal. Lynskey flopped a flush draw but bricked off the turn and the river, going home in fifth place.

Martin Jacobson
2014 WSOP Main Event winner Martin Jacobson finished in 6th place (C$28,000)

That left the final four players to duke it out and in a blind versus blind situation, Aaron Duczak found himself at risk against the chip leader. Kamal's pocket nines eliminated Duczak in fourth place, as he took a massive chip lead into three-handed play. Moorman was the next short stack and as the blinds went around the table, the British pro saw his stack fall to less than seven big blinds. Moorman shipped all in with queen-high and was snapped off by Ehampara's pocket kings. Moorman flopped an eight but could not improve enough on the turn and river to avoid elimination.

When heads-up play began, Kamal held a 4-1 chip lead over Ehampara. Over the course of 90 minutes, the two stack sized hardly changed. It wasn't until the last level of the night that Kamal really started to apply pressure to his opponent. In the last hand of the tournament, Kamal open-shoved all in and Ehampara called off his last 130 million chips. Kamal flopped a pair of tens and Ehampara's two overcards failed to connect with the board, as Kamal was crowned the champion.

This brings an end to the $1,100 Open event, but continue to follow along with the PokerNews live reporting team for continuous coverage at the Playground Poker Club.

Tags: Aaron DuczakAlexander HartungAlexander LynskeyChris MoormanDejuante AlexanderGriffin BengerKarim-Olivier KamalKauvsegan EhamparamKevin RivestMartin JacobsonRyan Yu

Kauvsegan Ehamparam Eliminated in 2nd Place ($133,920)

ajlamers • Level 42: 6,000,000-12,000,000, 0 ante

Karim-olivier Kamal dwindled his heads-up opponent, Kauvsegan Ehamparam, down to just over 10 big blinds after some consistent raising. Finally, Kamal shoved all in on the button and Ehamparam called after looking at his cards.

Karim-olivier Kamal: {10-Hearts}{8-Spades}
Kauvsegan Ehamparam: {a-Hearts}{j-Clubs}

The flop came {7-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{10-Clubs} and Kamal hit a pair of tens to take the lead. The turn was the {2-Spades} and the river brought the {9-Clubs}. Kamal's pair of tens held up to eliminate Ehamparam in second place.

Karim-Olivier Kamal ca 1,231,000,000 228,000,000
Kauvsegan Ehamparam ca Busted

Tags: Karim-Olivier KamalKauvsegan Ehamparam

Level:
42
Blinds:
6,000,000/12,000,000
Ante:
0

Kamal Pulling Away

MartianNews • Level 41: 5,000,000-10,000,000, 0 ante

Karim-Olivier Kamal bet 25.0 million from the button and Kauvsegan Ehamparam called from the big blind. The flop came down {5-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{5-Hearts} and both players checked.

The turn came the {k-Spades} and Ehamparam checked to Kamal who bet 25.0 million. Ehamparam folded to Kamal who now has over 1.0 billion in chips.

Karim-Olivier Kamal ca 1,003,000,000 147,000,000
Kauvsegan Ehamparam ca 228,000,000 -147,000,000

Tags: Kauvsegan EhamparamKarim-Olivier Kamal

Level:
41
Blinds:
5,000,000/10,000,000
Ante:
0

Ehamparam Starting to Climb

MartianNews • Level 40: 4,000,000-8,000,000, 8,000,000 ante

Karim-olivier Kamal raised to 20.0 million from the button and Kauvsegan Ehamparam called from the big blind. The flop came down {q-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} and both players checked. The turn came the {a-Hearts} and Ehamparam check-called a bet of 30.0 million from Kamal.

The {j-Spades} fell on the river and Ehamparam checked to Kamal who then bet 80,000,000. Ehamparam raised all in to 205,000,000 and Kamal waited a few moments before folding.

Karim-Olivier Kamal ca 856,000,000 -145,000,000
Kauvsegan Ehamparam ca 375,000,000 153,000,000

Tags: Karim-Olivier KamalKauvsegan Ehamparam

Level:
40
Blinds:
4,000,000/8,000,000
Ante:
8,000,000

Chris Moorman Eliminated in 3rd Place ($88,000)

MartianNews • Level 39: 3,500,000-7,000,000, 7,000,000 ante
Chris Moorman
Chris Moorman

Chris Moorman shoved his last 45.0 million all in from the button and Kauvsegan Ehamparam snap called from the big blind. The players rolled over their hands and Moorman was at risk.

Kauvsegan Ehamparam: {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}
Chris Moorman: {q-Hearts}{8-Hearts}

The flop came {7-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{7-Spades} and Moorman would need to hit an eight or a backdoor flush to keep his tournament life alive. The {9-Diamonds} on the turn and {9-Spades} on the river did not help Moorman, as Ehamparam's kings took down the pot and the secured a top-two finish.

Karim-Olivier Kamal ca 956,000,000 6,000,000
Kauvsegan Ehamparam ca 275,000,000 32,000,000
Chris Moorman gb Busted

Tags: Chris MoormanKauvsegan Ehamparam