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The 2019 WPTDeepStacksBrussels played out at Grand Casino Viage from February 7-10. The €1,200 Main Event attracted a record-breaking field of 584 entriesacross three starting flights and capping four days of high-octane action, Mohamed Abdou (cover image) claimed the title along with a payday worth €118,000.
Abdou displayed solid form on the final table and survived a couple of choppy hands. He eventually came up against Rehman Kassam in the heads-up play where it didn`t take him much time to claim victory. Along with the title, Abdou also a WPTDS season ending package worth €2,000.
“I feel great! I came to Brussels after playing a satellite on Winamax, but I bubbled the package and received €500. So I decided to come and play anyway,” Abdou said. “I’m playing a lot more tournaments this year, and I plan to attend WPT Barcelona next month.”
The attendance at the event bested the previous record of 535 entries in the 2018 WPTDS Brussels that was hosted last year in November.
The best 71 finishers were to take home a share of the €623,128 with a min-cash worth €2,100.
Several notables including WPT Champions Club members Michael Mizrachi, Chino Rheem, Davidi Kitai, and Guillaume Darcourt took a shot at the title but all of them with the exception of Mizrachi (27t h for €3,650) hit the rail empty-handed.
The final day saw 18 survivors coming back in the bid to win the €118,000 top prize. Action saw eliminations galore as eight players hit the rail within the first three levels of play including the likes of Long Nguyen, Thibault Saillard, Lyor Yiflach and Bruno Fernandes.
Mihai Stinca fell out in 13th place (€7,544) with Said El-Yousfi (12th for €9,350), and AbouSy (11th for €9,350) following him to the rail shortly thereafter.
The final table bubble burst after Vincent Gabel’s (10th for €11,700) all-in move with jack-ten found a caller in Fernando Garay who tabled queen-ten for two pair.
Final Table Recap
Despite doubling up twice on the final table, JorisRuijs was the first player to depart in ninth place.
Abdou was in luck as he won a major hand to take over the chip lead.
Gelle Samatar and start-of-day chip leader Kyriakos Papadopoulos were next on the chopping block at eighth and seventh place respectively with Fernando Garay going out next in sixth place after losing two back-to-back hands to Garay.
After losing a crucial pot to Rehman Kassem, Alexandre Reard, who was left with crumbs, lost the last of his chips holding king-four to Abdou’s pocket eights, to settle for a fifth place finish.
Nissim Vaknin’s deep run in the Main Event ended with his king-jack finding an opponent in Abdou’s pocket kings. In the blind-on-blind action, Vaknin shoved all in from the small blind and was called off by Abdou in the big blind. The board bricked Vaknin’s chances and he went on to collecta fourth place payout.
Abdou knocked Thomas Sorre out in third place after he called Sorre’s all in move from the small blind. Sorre was on top with against Abdou’s , but things changed on the runout where Abdou turned a pair, ending Sorre’s title hopes.
partypoker VIP Account Manager Rehman Kassam’s heads-up battle with Abdou lasted only several hands and soon the final hand was dealt. Abdou checked the flop before Kassam led out for 500,000. Abdou moved all in and saw Kassam call for 5 Million.
Kassam was a shoo-in to double up with top pair but the on the turn gave Abdou the upper hand with two pair. Kassam stood up from his seat, awaiting the final card and the river was not the miracle he was hoping for.
Final Table Results (GBP)
Coming up next on the WPTDS rooster is WPT Barcelona that will be held at Casino Barcelona from March 8-17.