WSOP Player Profile – Badih Bou-Nahra
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Badih “Bob” Bounahra was originally from Lebanon, and stopped off for a while in Fort Lauderdale before making his home in Belize.
Badih is the only non-professional poker player in the field and runs a wholesale greengrocery business in Belize City. Badih has never cashed in a World Series of Poker Main Event before, and only previous major live tournament win was a side event at the LAPT in 2008 for $30,000.
How Badih Reached the Final Table
Badih had a sensational Day 8 of the World Series of Poker Main Event back in July. Starting the final day in 21st place of the 22 remaining players, he doubled up early against Phil Collins after flopping two pairs against Collins top pair, rivered a flush to take almost 4 million chips off of Ben Lamb and crippled “bubble boy” John Hewitt when his K♥ K♠ held up against Hewitt´s K♣ Q♠. Using some unconventional betting strategies, Badih increased his stack to 19,700,000 and will be in sixth position at the WSOP November Nine Final Table of when play re-commences on Sunday.
What´s Badih Been Doing Since?
Not a lot it would seem. Badih has not been seen on the live circuit since July (he has a business to run after all) and has only made a few appearances online. He failed to cash in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker and is still trying to qualify for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. We guess that when he finally succeeds, he will be the home player rather than somebody who has to travel 4,300Km to get to Las Vegas.
Badih´s Chances of Success
Despite Badih´s age and extensive cash game experience, it is unlikely he will survive into Tuesday´s climax of the event. In his favour, he is an unpredictable player who is difficult to read, but seated between the larger stacks of Matt Giannetti and Eoghan O´Dea might prove his downfall if he tries to “surprise” the table with some of the betting techniques that saw him through to the final table. We wish Badih luck, but think that some of the other players will be a bit better prepared for him this time around.