The largest-ever WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event came to a close at Grand Casino Brussels Viage last night with Mohamed Abdou emerging as the victor from a 584-person field to claim the €118,000 first-place prize and the accompanying €2,000 WPT Season-Ending Package.
Abdou remained the last man standing after a long Day 3 of the tournament and a short heads-up against Rehman Kassam.
Prior to last night, the brand-new WPTDeepStacks champion had just under $40,000 in live tournament earnings. Most recently, he finished 6th in a €450 No-Limit Hold’em tournament that took place as part of the WPTDeepStacks Deauville festival. The event took place last December and saw Abdou collect €3,305 in prize money.
Commenting on his biggest poker win, Abdou told WPT staff last night that it felt great to scoop WPTDeepStacks title. The player went on to say that he came to Brussels after playing a Winamax satellite. He actually bubbled the WPTDS package and received €500, but decided to take the trip to Brussels anyway. Of his plans, Abdou said that he would be playing 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 tournament kicked off with 18 players down from a record-breaking field of 584 entrants. Greek player Kyriakos Papadopoulos led the pack of finalists into Day 3 with a stack of 2.66 million. Abdou started the day with the second-largest stack of 1.985 million.
It was a long day at the host casino as everyone left was eyeing the top prize and was fighting fiercely for it. By the time the official nine-handed final table was set, both Papadopoulos and Abdou had lost some of their momentum and quite some chips. The start-of-the-day chip leader was down to just 1.2 million at that point.
The Greek player left the tournament not long after. He was eliminated in seventh-place for a cash prize of €19,000. As for Abdou, he managed to recover his foothold and to place himself in a better position to attack the top.
Eventually, Abdou faced Rehman Kassam heads-up. It was a short battle that did not really involve any major confrontations. The two players battled it out for half an hour before they put all chips in play at the center of the table to end it all.
On what turned out to be the final hand in play, the flop ran out [4s][Qs][9d] to see Kassam bet 500,000 into the 1 million pot. Abdou shoved and Kassam called for 5 million. Abdou tabled [Qc][7c], while Kassam turned over [Qh][10c]. The board delivered a [7d] on the turn. The river card was no good for Kassam and the player, who makes a living as a VIP Account Manager at partypoker, had to settle for €79,000 as the WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event runner-up.