The World Series of Poker Event #25, $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low has come to an end and it was the British John Kabbaj who came out on top and won his second bracelet along with $267,327. The victory came after three days and 28 levels of play, after having beaten some big tournament names on the final table.
Amongst the players on the final table were Erik Seidel, Tom Schneider and Mike Leah, who have all won around $1.4 million or more in tournament poker over the years. But the duel wouldn't be between Kabbaj and any of the before mentioned stars, but instead he ended heads up against Thomas Keller, who to date had around $1.2 million in tournament cashes.
The two players battled it out heads up for a little over an hour, before reaching the final hand of the day. At this point, Keller lost a big pot before and is very short stacked due to that, having only around 2.5 big blinds left. Blinds at this point is 50,000/100,000 with an ante of 10,000.
In the final hand, where the game is O8, Kabbaj completes the blind to 50,000 and then calls Keller's three bet to 100,000. The two players then made a single bet on every turn until fifth, where Keller ultimately was put all-in for his last 35,000 chips. The two players flips around their cards and
Kabbaj shows: ArJk/9k7rQk7k/6h
Keller shows: 2r3k/3rJs9r5s/8K
And Keller lost the heads up battle and finishes in second place for $165,177, while Kabbaj can start the celebration of his second bracelet and another $267,327 in tournament winnings. You can see the full final table payouts below:
- John Kabbaj - $267,327
- Thomas Keller - $165,177
- Christopher McHugh - $105,000
- Terrence Hastoo - $75,713
- Joe Tehan - $55,451
- Erik Seidel - $41,230
- Mike Leah - $31,115
- Tom Schneider - $23,833