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Sam Khouiss Finshes 12th In WSOP $10k Omaha Hi/Lo World Championship

Posted at 17:21 2009-06-10
If you ever did a roll call when a tournament series came calling, Sam Khouiss would always be the first player to tick off.

Around since the early days of coffee-shop cardrooms and old-school mixed games around Australia, Khouiss has been one of the most successful tournament and cash game players this country has ever boasted.

Currently he has six WSOP cashes to his name, including two this year, to take his lifetime earnings to over the US$600,000 mark; and following the form he is in, it could keep climbing. After capturing fifth at the recent PokerStars ANZPT Melbourne Feature Event he journeyed across the Pacific ocean to take 29th in the Event 5 - $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event before taking his seat in one of the toughest fields every assembled in the Event 18 - $10,000 World Championship Omaha Hi/Lo 8-or-better.

179 of the strongest Omaha Hi/Lo players including Andy Bloch, Ted Forrest, Howard Lederer, Doyle Brunson, Annie Duke, Scott Clements and Daniel Negreanu all sat down to battle it out, but nothing would stop Khouiss. Khouiss finished Day 1 in the top twenty of the 129 remaining.

Day two would see Khouiss draw a tough table, but in his normal gritty demeanour and play, Khouiss would tough it out to finish in fourth position overall with seventeen to return on day three. With another cash in the bag and a guaranteed US$26,000 Khouiss continued to fight hard sitting on the right of chip leader John Monnette and the left of Alex Kravchenko.

Khouiss took out Kravchenko early before having Daniel Negreanu moved to his right as a replacement. Negreanu doubled early through him, and then halved him a few hands later to see Khouiss start to slip down the chip counts to the disappointment of the Aussie’s sweating back home.

The end of Khouiss’ run would come when his {Ad}{Ac}{2c}{4c} was out-flopped by two opponents after all the money went in preflop as they chopped up the pot with a flopped two-pair and no low hand for either three of the players.

For Khouiss he would add another WSOP cash to his poker CV, taking home US$39,709 for his 12th placing after an incredible run in yet another WSOP event for the US summer. Congratulations to Sam Khouiss for the rest of the series as well as to all the Aussies battling it out on the felt!

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