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#412160 - 07/20/11 02:54 PM Belizean Businessman Star, World Series of Poker
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Those of us who don't follow gambling may not be familiar with the event called the World Series of Poker. But for gamblers, that is like the Superbowl: it's got the biggest pot of money, the best players from all over the world and the largest audience in the world.

And tonight - at this hour - a Belizean, Bob Bou-Nahra is in the final 13 - which is nothing short of incredible, since the event started with almost seven thousand competitors at the start of the month. His uncanny ascension to the very top of the global gambling game has elated his friends and fellow players to no end. They've been following his progress very closely via the internet over the weekend - and tonight on TV as the event is on ESPN Two. It's generous publicity for Belize as well as Bou-Nahra has been wearing a Belize hat throughout the event. Speaker of the House Emil Arguelles - himself an avid gambler - who was up in Vegas at the World Series just a few days ago was part of an enthusiastic viewing party for Bou-Nahra in the city this afternoon. He put his friend's accomplishment in context for us:…

Emil Arguelles - Speaker of the House
"The enormity of this is the fact that 7,000 players have started this tournament and BOB is now on the final table which is better than at least 1% of all players who started. In addition this has to be to my knowledge the most sought after prize in gambling anywhere in the world. More so for specifically for the game of poker and the fact that it's the biggest prize for this game in the world. It's to my knowledge first place if Bob were to win would be the largest prize payout for any sport ever won by a Belizean. It is a combination of luck, skill. At this point Bob is near the final 15, so he is practically secured a critical spot and he will at this point probably playing tight and ease his way into the final table."

Jules Vasquez
"How hard are you guys routing for him and are you all sort of living vicariously through his exceptional performance?"

Emil Arguelles - Speaker of the House
"Well most of the people in this room were there a few days ago. We came back for various works - the House sitting on Friday but yes we all are proud that a Belizean with the flag of Belize that everybody can see is there online and live on ESPN."

Jules Vasquez
"How would you critique his performance right now and the prospects for him making it to that elite final 9?"

Emil Arguelles - Speaker of the House
"His performance so far has been impeccable; he has not to my mind made one mistake. He has mix in the correct mixture of bluffing and tight playing and I have no doubt that he will be on the final table in November unless bad luck which can happen happens."

As we noted - at this hour - Bou-Nahra is in the final 13 competitors - the aim is to make it to the final nine - who will play in a final in November.

Just a while ago he had 15.5 million in chips - and was fifth overall - but he just had a bad break and lost about 4 million of those chips.

So he has about eleven million in chips and if he loses now, he'd still take home a payday of $478,000.00 US dollars. If he makes it to the final 9, the minimum guaranteed payout is 782 thousand dollars up to the first prize which is 8.7 million dollars.

Bou-Nahra is the first Belizean to have reached this deep into the competition, the best another has done is to finish 150th…..

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#412168 - 07/20/11 03:01 PM Re: Belizean Businessman Star, World Series of Poker [Re: Marty]
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Belizean poker player at World Series of Poker Hold ‘Em Championship

The World Series of Poker is a big sporting event that requires the ability to play cards, lots of luck and of course a poker face. Event number fifty eight is the No Limit Hold ‘Em Championship taking place in Las Vegas and if you are streaming the video on the wsop.com website you may notice one player wearing a Belize cap. Badih Bounahra, whose family owns the Mirab stores, is one of over six thousand players who signed up to win millions of dollars. Bounahra has just made it into the top five of remaining players. News Five spoke this afternoon to Bounahra’s brother and poker buddy’s who are too happy to keep a poker face since he’s guaranteed to return to Belize with at least half a million dollars in cold cash.

Pierre Bounahra, Brother of Badih Bounahra

Pierre Bounahra

“We started playing poker over here and then we play tournaments and then we went to the world series of poker. This is his seventh year playing world series of poker.”

Jose Sanchez

“Where he is right now; what’s his current ranking?”

Pierre Bounahra

“He is probably ten or eleven out of fourteen.”

Jose Sanchez

“How many people entered this competition?”

Pierre Bounahra

“Six thousand eight hundred and sixty five players.”

Jose Sanchez

“Clearly it’s more than just luck. There has to be some skill.”

Pierre Bounahra

“There is a combination of everything in it.”

Jose Sanchez

“How many chips did he start off with?”

Pierre Bounahra

“Thirty thousand chips.”

Jose Sanchez

“How much he’s at right now?”

Pierre Bounahra

“About nine million seven hundred thousand.”

Jose Sanchez

“What are the odds?”

Pierre Bounahra

“To win it; one in six thousand eight hundred and sixty five.”

Jose Sanchez

“Even with his current ranking, he is clearly gonna go home with some money.”

Pierre Bounahra

“Yes. Well if he gets knocks out right now, it’s probably gonna be half a million U.S. dollars.”

Emil Arguelles, Poker Buddy of Badih Bounahra

Emil Arguelles

“We play every week all of us here. He’s a tight player; no doubt that is why he is where he is here today.”

Jose Sanchez

“And he normally beats all of you or is this just luck in your opinion?”

Emil Arguelles

“He has more luck with the players over there.”

Jose Sanchez

“So being that he gained some of his experience, I’m assuming, winning you and the others, you think he should come back and share some of his winnings.”

Emil Arguelles

“No doubt he will be back sharing his experience but before that I think we will join him in Vegas in November for the final table.”

Jose Sanchez

“How long has this competition been going and how much further can it go?”

Emil Arguelles

“This is the eight day of playing. The entire competition is actually about a month. They have satellites to get into this tournament, but for this main tournament, it’s on the eight day now. The eighth day is the final day and there is the final table which is November fifth.”

Jose Sanchez

“So anyway you take it, he will come out a winner with some cash. Is there an actual time—how many hours per day? When should we see him move on?”

Emil Arguelles

“By midnight Belize time we would know for sure whether he is on the final table. But in terms of hours per day, it’s about twelve hours per day starting from twelve noon to about twelve midnight.”

Jose Sanchez

“I assume that comes with very short breaks?”

Emil Arguelles

“There are intervals every two to three hours—ten to fifteen minutes—but there is one break for dinner that is about two hours at about eight o’clock.”

Jose Sanchez

“Has anybody been able to reach him during these breaks? What has he said if anything?”

Emil Arguelles

“By his choice, no one communicates with him until break and yes he has given us updates and his daughter, Amal, is there with him keeping the family informed.”

The final poker table takes place on November fifth.

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#412234 - 07/21/11 01:58 PM Re: Belizean Businessman Star, World Series of Poker [Re: Marty]
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Bob Bou-Nahra Breaks Through

When we left you last night, Belizean Businessman Bob Bou-Nahra was in the final 15 at the World Series of Poker at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas.

He had already gone further than anyone could have expected, making it from a group of almost seven thousand players from all over the world three weeks ago - down to the final few.

But in his sixth trip to the main event World Series, the 49 year old did not settle for well enough; his mission was to make it to the final nine - the elite of the poker world who will play in the big money final in November.

And this morning at 3:30 am, Belize time - after an epic five and a half hour second round of playing which aired on ESPN 2 - during which he never once took off his "Belize" hat - Bou-Nahra made it - as the tenth competitor folded, leaving the "November Nine" to advance.

Bou-Nahra is in sixth position overall with 19.7 million in chips. His play is described by commentators as solid. When the final starts in November, he will be going up against competition from Germany, the UK, The Ukraine, Ireland, the Czech Republic and the United States.

He's been in Vegas since the end of June and returns home on Friday - after a round of interviews tomorrow. And when he gets home it is expected that he will be approached by sponsors and international media as they build up hype for the November final.

And besides all that, he isn't coming home on "nada."

According to the World Series of Poker website, "Each of the players who made it this far are now guaranteed $782,115 dollars in prize money. In fact, eight of the top nine finishers will become millionaires."

It continues to say that the eventual grand winner, quote "achieves instant fame, fortune and immortality. He will collect a whopping $8,711,956 in prize money."

Now, Bou-nahra is still a long way from there, but his accomplishment cannot be overlooked. While gambling is still frowned upon in many quarters as a less than wholesome diversion - and locally, most of us have no frame of reference for the World Series of Poker - just in terms of media, sustained exposure and hours on television, the World Series is a huge event. Yes. It's only a card game, but a hugely popular one internationally and the stakes and the attention are huge. And, more than that, his local supporters are determined to settle a score with the commentators who glibly opined that Bou Nahra is probably the first Belizean to go to Vegas. The gambling fraternity say they will be there in numbers.

In a lead-up to the final in November, the entire event will now be reduced to episodes which will air weekly on ESPN 2.

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#414107 - 08/18/11 01:41 PM Re: Belizean Businessman Star, World Series of Poker [Re: Marty]
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2011 November Nine Profile: Badih Bounahra

PROFILE
Name: Badih “Bob” Bounahra
Age: 49
Hometown: Belize City, Belize
Online Handle: LEB_BEL

At 49 years old, Badih Bounahra is the elder statesman of the 2011 November Nine. He’s also the first player from Belize to ever reach the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event.

Bounahra was born in Lebanon but now makes his home in Belize City, where he runs the private poker room in the Princess Casino. He’s also a businessman and a father of three, but has still managed to find time to travel the tournament circuit and rack up some nice scores over the years.

In 2008, Bounahra won a $1,020 No Limit Hold’em Second Chance tournament during the PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour’s stop in San Jose, Costa Rica for just over $30,000. He also collected $11,000 for a 2nd place finish in a $1,000 event at the 2009 Ultimate Bet Poker Classic.

His biggest cash will come in November. A minimum payday of $782,115 is up for grabs, and the world champion will pick up $8,711,956. Bounahra sits sixth in chips with 19,700,000 entering the final table and is one of the wild cards remaining as not much is known about his game.

HOW HE GOT THERE:

Day 1: 105,375 chips
Day 2: 35,900
Day 3: 205,500
Day 4: 924,000
Day 5: 640,000
Day 6: 1,860,000
Day 7: 3,835,000
Day 8: 19,700,000

KEY HAND: Like all of his November Nine counterparts, Bounahra won several key pots late in the Main Event. But it was a hand against Phil Collins that put a short-stacked Bounahra back in contention on Day 8.

On a heads-up flop of Js-6d-5c, Bounahra fired a bet of 675,000 into Collins, who thought for a moment before moving all in. Bounahra called off his remaining 4.5 million chips and was in great shape to double up and creep into the top 10 on the leaderboard:

Bounahra: 6c-5h
Collins: Ks-Jh

Bounahra’s two pair was well out in front, and the 10c turn and 4c river were no help to the online legend Collins as Badih survived. Bounahra was at risk again on the final table bubble but his pocket kings held up against the K-Q of John Hewitt, leading to Hewitt’s ultimate demise as the bubble boy of the Main Event final table.

WHY HE CAN WIN: Bounahra was never among the chip leaders of the tournament but still landed safe and sound at the final table with nearly 20 million in chips. His greatest asset going into November may be that he’s a polite, soft-spoken gentleman that didn’t bring any attention to himself during the eight-day event. That could create problems for his tablemates if they’re trying to get a read on Bounahra during a critical moment.

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#416312 - 09/16/11 02:22 PM Re: Belizean Businessman Star, World Series of Poker [Re: Marty]
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Belize Poker King Featured as One of November Nine

Poker King of Belize Badih Bounahra <

Meet the November Nine -- Badih Bounahra - Sixth in chips heading into the 2011 World Series of Poker main event final table is Badih Bounahra. The 49 year-old businessman from Belize is easily the oldest player at a final table full of young pros. Bounahra does have some poker experience, with nearly $60,000 in tournament earnings prior to making the November Nine. Card Player TV caught up with him to learn more; Click on image below to see interview.

Badih Bounahra Belize Poker King

Belize is making its rounds in the international arena, this time at the World Series of Poker Hold ‘Em Championship that is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada. Getting much attention and giving Belize some great publicity is Badih Bounahra who was one of over 6,000 players who signed up for the tournament and now finds himself in the top five or remaining player.

Badih Bounahra’s family owns the Mirab Stores in Belize City. This is Badih’s seventh year of playing at the World Series of Poker. The final poker table takes place on November 5. We wish Bounahra all the best in the tournament. Throughout his live poker play, you can often catch Bounahra wearing a blue Belize baseball cap.

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#419569 - 10/23/11 01:56 PM Re: Belizean Businessman Star, World Series of Poker [Re: Marty]
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Bob Bounahra gets ready for World Series of Poker in Las Vegas

A quick up-date on Bob as he is getting ready to fly to Las Vegas a week from Monday. He is in the finals of the World Series Of Poker which will be broadcast live on Sunday November 6, and for the final 3 players on Tuesday November 8.

This event will be broadcast “live” on ESPN with a 15 minute delay. It is expected that 1.5 million viewers in the USA will tune in and tens of millions throughout the world.

Bob now has a web site www.bobbounahrabelize.com. A friend chatted with him yesterday, and he gets to have 250 supporters at the WSOP, and he has hats and tshirts ready for them!

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#420115 - 10/28/11 01:27 PM Re: Belizean Businessman Star, World Series of Poker [Re: Marty]
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Poker Celebrity Bob Bou-Nahra Gets Ready For The Biggest Game Of His Life

To the rest of the world, he is Badir Bou-Nahra, international poker celebrity, but in Belize, he's just "Bob" - businessman and co-owner of the poker room at the Princess.

But Bob's hit the big time; on Sunday he leaves Belize for Las Vegas to participate in the final of the World Series of Poker. From an original draw of close to seven thousand players he's made it to the final nine in poker's greatest tournament where the winner takes home 8.7 million US dollars.

You may have reservations about gambling - but just in terms of pure exposure, this is the biggest competitive event a Belizean has ever appeared in - and that he is appearing at the most elite level, well that makes it truly a first.

And Bou-Nahra isn't going alone. He's carrying his trusty trademark Belize cap and an entourage of over 200 Belizean supporters. We spoke to him at the Princess Poker Room this afternoon:

Badir Bou-Nahra
"The most important thing is that come November, we're taking a crowd from Belize almost 200 people plus, to support and rally for that, this is the biggest, biggest international gathering that is going to be outside Belize, for a sporting event. I was never nervous in this whole tournament and I am not going to be nervous now so I'm going to play just like it came in July I am going to play it in November."

"Jules, Poker is a fun sport and during the July tournament I was always playing for the next day, the only difference in this final table, we are going to play it for the next player that comes out. So I'll use the same strategy that I used in July."

Jules Vasquez
"Have you been studying the playing habits of the other final seven?"

Badir Bou-Nahra
"I've watched them a lot on TV and I saw a couple of their moves, but basically there is not much you can prepare for a tournament like this, except play your best when your cards are dealt. So if you be calm and cool and pick your spots and pick the players that you can go up against, then you don't have no problem cruising in and getting to where you want to get and accomplish what you want to accomplish, because it's different than other sports. Other sports you're going heads up against one person, but this one you could pick who you want to play against pending on your cards and your position."

"Jules Vasquez all the other eight players didn't get there by chance it is anybody's game and if you play your game the way you are supposed to play, anybody can win, anybody can be ninth place and anybody can be first place."

Jules Vasquez
"What is the situation like in so far as the excitement that its created locally in this big slick poker club?"

Badir Bou-Nahra
"This poker room here has been booming, there is a lot of good poker players in Belize and I've been playing against them and amongst them and I've been learning a lot from them, so I think it will give me a lot of courage."

Jules Vasquez
"In these game that you have been having against your fellow poker players, is it a situation where everybody want to say, 'well I beat Bob'."

Badir Bou-Nahra
"That's exactly what it is and they play their best to do that."

Jules Vasquez
"Will you be clinging to a specific routine, a specific wardrobe?"

Badir Bou-Nahra
"We live the last four days out of the twelve days out of the tournament exactly the same way and most probably, we are going to live hopefully two days the same way in November. So yes I am going to keep the same routine that I did and yes I am going to keep the same clothes and of course most definitely it's going to be the Belize cap, no doubt about that."

Jules Vasquez
"How hard is that choice to make, I could imagine that someone who will have the level of international television exposure as you? You are offered many endorsements to wear different sort of branded hats."

Badir Bou-Nahra
"There is no price for pride."

Jules Vasquez
"So you will........"

Badir Bou-Nahra
"There is no price for pride."

Jules Vasquez
"There is so much talk about the bracelet, the winner's bracelet. Have you seen it?"

Badir Bou-Nahra
"Of course every player have seen it, every player have touched it, everybody has taken a picture with it, and every player has an eye on it."

Jules Vasquez
"Is it something that you fantasize or dream about?"

Badir Bou-Nahra
"It's every poker player's dream to own a World Series bracelet especially the world series of poker main event. That bracelet comes with a lot of extras."

The tournament starts on Sunday, November the sixth at the Rio hotel and Casino in Vegas. It will be aired on Channel 7.

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#420315 - 10/29/11 02:48 PM Re: Belizean Businessman Star, World Series of Poker [Re: Marty]
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Belizean in World Series of Poker Finals

Badih “Bob” Bou-Nahra departs Belize over the weekend for Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. He is among eight other finalists competing to take home the pot of more than eight million US dollars. Locally, excitement has been growing and a large contingent of Belizeans will accompany Bob to the grand event at the Rio Hotel. His first match is on November sixth which will go narrow down to three players. If he wins that round, he will move on to play on November eighth. News Five’s Jose Sanchez had a one on one with Bou-Nahra today.

Badih Bou-Nahra, Finalist, WSOP

“It started first with a couple people going to Las Vegas and playing the World Series of Poker and then as we went deeper, I started using my Belize cap—like in day three or day four—and everybody started to spot Belize, Belize, Belize, Belize and that’s how it started and that Belize cap is the trademark.”

Jose Sanchez

“How many people are going along as part of your entourage?”

Badih Bou-Nahra

Badih Bou-Nahra

“I believe it is over two hundred right now. It might be a little bit more than that.”

Forty-nine year old Badih Bou-Nahra ranks sixth of nine players in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. When sitting at the final table on Sunday November sixth, he will have a chip count of 19,700,000.

Badih Bou-Nahra

“It started in early July and six thousand eight hundred and sixty five players entered the event and now we are down to the final nine, which is the final table.”

Jose Sanchez

“But your poker experience with your poker buddies, are you considered one of the best among them or are they willing to…”

Badih Bou-Nahra

“With my poker buddies, I believe that all of them are either as good as me or better.”

Jose Sanchez

“And they are also out there when you go to play these games?”

Badih Bou-Nahra

“We all go in a group together and we have fun and we play poker and we compete as a country.”

Jose Sanchez

“In terms of the payback, what is the minimum a finalist can receive and what is the ultimate prize?”

Badih Bou-Nahra

“Seven hundred and eighty-two thousand dollars before taxes and eight point seven million dollars before taxes—it is U.S.”

Jose Sanchez

“In articles written of you online, you are referred to as the elder statesman. Why is that?”

Badih Bou-Nahra

“I’m forty-nine years young, which is one in twenty-seven this year.”

Jose Sanchez

“So clearly as you said, you are very young but in terms of the competition, what other countries are we talking about? It sounds like a truly international event.”

Badih Bou-Nahra

“This year, the final table ended up to be an international event. We have six countries besides the United States represented. So everybody is talking about it as a country representation and not a final table and that’s why they are making it so huge.”

Jose Sanchez

“There is something in particular that the winner gets also. I know in golf there is the green jacket. What is it for this poker competition?”

Badih Bou-Nahra

“The bracelet and the ambassador of poker for one year.”

Jose Sanchez

“Ambassador, is there something in particular you must do if whoever wins it?”

Badih Bou-Nahra

“It comes with a million things. There are hundreds and hundreds of things that you need to do over the next year.”

One thing the elder statesman will do is introduce non players to the game. Bob is willing to teach anyone who comes to the Princess Poker room.

Badih Bou-Nahra

“Texas Holdem is a no limit game. No limit games means that at any time all your chips can be in the pot if anybody challenges you. Each player is dealt two cards. There is a choice of betting calling raising or folding. After that there is another three cards which are community cards, there is another round of betting or checking. After that comes the turn, there is another round of betting and then finally comes the river. The best hand is the one that will win out of seven cards—the community cards plus your two cards. Per the book, this is supposed to be the best hand; pocket aces. This is supposed to be the worst hand, seven deuce. For me most of the time, this is my best hand because nobody can put you on that hand except my Belize poker players. You can only lose because it is the best hand. This is the worse hand, and I can only win. My favorite hand is the pocket tens and the luckiest.”

Entering the competition costs thousands of dollars. And even with disposable cash, you have to know when to hold ‘em or when to fold ‘em. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

At this station we will be following poker world series since Bob is among only a handful of Belizeans who have made it big in international competition.

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#420738 - 11/02/11 02:53 PM Re: Belizean Businessman Star, World Series of Poker [Re: Marty]
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From Lincoln Eiley this morning....

Congratulations to my friend Bob Badhi Bou-Nahra of Belize for making it
last night to the Main Event November 6-8 of the World Series of
Poker Tournament in Las Vegas. We wish him all the best of luck
and have made Belize proud. Please watch him on Nov 6-8 for the
finals and support him.

We can tell he is a favorite to take the ring.

See review http://www.wsop.com/

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#420801 - 11/02/11 06:55 PM Re: Belizean Businessman Star, World Series of Poker [Re: Marty]
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