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The partypoker MILLIONS North America’s C$1,100 Open crowned a champion in Canadian player Karim-Olivier Kamal (cover image) who defeated fellow countryman Kauvsegan Ehamparam in a long and grueling heads-up match to lift the trophy. With this win, Kamal picked up a C$210,000 payday – his biggest tournament score till date.
The event saw a huge field of 1,231 entries (586 entries on Day 1A and 645 entries on Day 1B) and 143 places among them made it in the money.
Notables who managed to make it in the money but failed to reach the final table included Dejuante Alexander (15th place for C$7,750), Mohsin Charania (21st place for C$6,500), Jeffrey Sarwer (36th place for C$5,500), Phizer Jordan (45th place for C$4,750), Kevin Rivest (65th place for C$4,000), Griffin Benger (66th place for C$4,000), and Richard Dubini (122nd place for C$3,000).
Final Table Recap
Kamal started the eight-handed final table in command as the chip leader but had top pros Martin Jacobson and Chris Moorman close behind him.
The first elimination took just a few hands coming and it was Alexander Hartung, who was busted by Chris Moorman.
The final seven then traded chips for over 90-minutes before Ryan Yu took the big hit and exited as his pocket threes were cracked by Kamal’s ace-five.
Sweden-based pro and 2014 WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson was going strong as one of the bigger stacks on the final table but got crippled in a massive hand against Kauvsegan Ehamparam. He finally shoved with kings and got called by Kamal who hit a flush on the board that sent Jacobson packing in sixth place.
Shortly thereafter, Alexander Lynskey jammed his short stack only to run into the pocket kings of Kamal and with that the former exited in fifth place.
Four handed, Aaron Duczak was made to leave by chip leader Kamal’s pocket nines and up next, Chris Moorman, who was now one of the shorter stacks, saw his stack fall to less than seven big blinds. He shoved with Qx 8x and Ehamparam woke up with pocket kings to make an easy call and take out Moorman.
With that, the heads-up between Kamal and Ehamparam began with the former starting with a humongous 4-1 chip.
The heads-up duel went on for over 90-minutes, and in what became the deciding hand, Kamal open-shoved with and Ehampara called off with . Kamal flopped a pair on the board to win the title.
Final Table Results (CAD)
1. Karim-Olivier Kamal – $210,000
2. Kauvsegan Ehamparam – $133,920
3. Chris Moorman – $88,000
4. Aaron Duczak – $58,000
5. Alexander Lynskey – $40,000
6. Martin Jacobson – $28,000
7. Ryan Yu – $20,000
8. Alexander Hartung – $15,000
9. Sebastien Drolet-Poitras – $12,000
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