Former Pro Boxer Said El Harrak wins WSOPC Main Event for $147,4351 year ago
Former professional boxer Said El Harrak landed a knockout poker blow this week when he took down the WSOP Circuit event at the Bicycle Casino for a $147,435.
El Harrak boasted a 12-4-2 (W-L-D) record when he hung up his gloves three years ago, using his final ring paycheck to launch his poker career.
The Super-welterweight fighter from Santa Clarita - known as The Messenger during his boxing career - showed his prowess at the tables in California by winning the $1700 ring event, topping a field of 487 entries to take the biggest cash of his career.
Moroccan-born El Harrak explained that for him, the psychological element of boxing has helped his poker game, telling reporters:
“Boxing is about reading your opponent. I feel like I can pick up on tells and betting patterns. I like the psychological act of the game.”
The final table of nine was set up just the right for the 32-year old, El Harrak explaining:
“The two players that I wanted sitting on my right, were on my right. So I got very lucky with that. I wanted to knock one of them out.”
Holding the final table chip lead, El Harrak did exactly that, seeing off Brock Wilson in 5th spot and running all the way to the title after defeating Ronnie Tate heads-up.
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