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Said El Yousfi Wins WSOP Global Casino Championship

Poker player from Morocco Said El-Yousfi just took first place in the 2016 WSOP Global Casino Championship after besting 126 other competitors, taking his first ever gold bracelet and big a cash prize. El-Yousfi doesn’t have much experience in the live tournament scene, which makes this win even more monumental. He was able to enter this tournament thanks to winning the Casino Championship at the Casino de Marrakech where he earned his ring. He ended up walking away with the WSOP bracelet and the $343,256 cash prize, as well as qualifying for the $1 million guaranteed event.

Global Casino Championship Final Table

He was a relatively unknown player, viewed as a poker amateur by most, but his performance during the final table left many wondering how he did it. El-Yousfi was chip leader coming into the final day of the tournament, where he managed to beat the remaining six players at the table. It was not an easy feat to accomplish, as his opponents were tough, but ultimately won with a Nine of clubsNine of HeartsSeven of DiamondsSeven of Hearts with an Ace of Spades kicker, beating Yasin Ahmady for first place.

Place Player Prize
1 Said El-Yousfi $343,256
2 Yasin Ahmady $212,150
3 Joshua Turner $150,851
4 Joe Kuether $109,192
5 Sean Small $80,483
6 Cody Pack $60,427
7 Alexander Rocha $46,231
8 Brian Green $36,054
9 Blake Whittington $28,673


Winning First WSOP Tournament

You can imagine El-Yousfi’s happiness when he took that last hand and become the champion. Popping up only a few times over the years to play in live tournaments, he would be considered a big underdog during the Global Casino Championship. In his own words,

“I feel wonderful. It’s fantastic. It’s like the cherry on the cake. Now I have the bracelet and a ring.”

He may be on track to getting, even more, money and recognition for his poker skills, as he qualified for a seat at the $1 million guaranteed event.