The largest-ever WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event came to a close at Grand Casino site Brussels Viage last evening with Mohamed Abdou emerging as the victor from a 584-person area to claim the EUR118,000 first-place reward and also the accompanying EUR2,000 WPT Season-Ending Package.
Abdou remained the last guy standing after a lengthy Day 3 of the competition and a brief heads-up against Rehman Kassam.
Before last night, the new WPTDeepStacks champ had simply under $40,000 in real-time event revenues. Most just recently, he finished 6th in a EUR450 No-Limit Hold ’em competition that happened as part of the WPTDeepStacks Deauville festival. The occasion happened last December as well as saw Abdou collect EUR3,305 in prize money.
Discussing his biggest online poker win, Abdou told WPT staff last evening that it felt excellent to scoop WPTDeepStacks title. The player took place to claim that he pertained to Brussels after playing a Winamax satellite. He actually gurgled the WPTDS bundle and also got EUR500, however determined to take the journey to Brussels anyhow. Of his plans, Abdou stated that he would certainly be playing a great deal a lot more tournaments and that he would attend the upcoming WPT Barcelona festival.
How Action Unfolded on Day 3
The final day of the event began with 18 players down from a record-breaking field of 584 participants. Greek player Kyriakos Papadopoulos led the pack of finalists into Day 3 with a pile of 2.66 million. Abdou began the day with the second-largest pile of 1.985 million.
It was a lengthy day at the host casino as every person left was considering the top reward and also was battling fiercely for it. By the time the official nine-handed final table was set, both Papadopoulos as well as Abdou had shed a few of their momentum and quite some chips. The start-of-the-day chip leader was down to simply 1.2 million at that point.
The Greek player left the tournament not long after. He was removed in seventh-place for a prize money of EUR19,000. As for Abdou, he took care of to recoup his foothold as well as to put himself in a better position to attack the top.
Ultimately, Abdou faced Rehman Kassam heads-up. It was a short fight that did not really include any significant battles. Both players battled it out for half a hr before they put all contribute play at the facility of the table to finish everything.
On what ended up being the last hand in play, the flop went out [4s] [Qs] [9d] to see Kassam wager 500,000 right into the 1 million pot. Abdou pushed and Kassam called for 5 million. Abdou tabled [Qc] [7c], while Kassam turned over [Qh] [10c] The board provided a [7d] on the turn. The river card was no great for Kassam and the gamer, who makes a living as a VIP Account Manager at partypoker, had to settle for EUR79,000 as the WPTDeepStacks Brussels Centerpiece runner-up.