French rapper Abdelkrim Brahmi-Benalla has claimed an EPT trophy and scored a solid €13,420 cash in event #7, the €330 men’s event. It was an all-France final table with the exception of Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki who bust out in 7th for €1,680. Horecki has come close to EPT victory in the past, narrowly losing out to Roberto Romanello in Prague.
If a list is put together of poker playing rappers then Brahmi will still have plenty of work to do if he’s to catch up with his friend and countryman Bruno ‘Kool Shen’ Lopes, who finished fourth at EPT Madrid last season for €140,000. Lopes is up to $755,973 for live tournament winnings.
Abdelkrim Brahmi-Benalla a.k.a. Rim’K is a 34-year-old rapper and is a member of the group 113 alongside Mokobé and AP, as well as the super-group music collective Mafia K-1 Fry. He also has a group called Maghreb United, according to the BBC.
EPT9 Deauville, event #7
Date: 4 February 2013
Game: NLHE mens event
Prize pool: €45,504
1. Abdelkrim Brahmi, France, €13,420
2. Eddy Slim Laquittant, France, €7,620
3. Sandrine Zeitoun, France, €4,440
4. Eshed Hadaya, Israel, €3,320
5. Florent Leprovost, France, €2,730
6. Jean Vasseur, France, €2,140
7. Marcin Horecki, Poland, Team Pokerstars Pro, €1,680
8. Yuriy Kudrynskyy, France, €1,230
9. Marco Apicella, France, €950
10. Stephan Chouffan, France, €950
11. Mykola Chornyi, Ukraine, €860
12. Petar Kochev, Bulgaria, €860
13. Bartlomiej Kowalowka, Poland, €770
14. Tomeu Gomila, Spain, €770
15. Michele Pasquale, France, €680
16. Thierry Gogniat, France, €680
17. Rustem Ganeev, Russia, €601
18. Giorgi Kitessashvili, Georgia, €601
19. Eric Duchene, France, €601
20. Micha Hoedemaker, Netherlands, €601
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Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.