WCOOP 2017: Fahredin "FeriBo" Mustafov finishes first in #80-H ($215 NLHE, 8-Max)

By the end of Event #80-H, a $215 buy-in, eight-handed no-limit hold'em tournament, Fahredin "FeriBo" Mustafov of Bulgaria was in control.

The one-time Sunday Million winner had a big lead entering the final table, and kept adding to it as players fell away, carrying a big 4.5-to-1 chip advantage to heads-up play.

The finish was a little more taxing, with an opponent surviving multiple all-ins to prolong things almost two hours more. But finally Mustafov prevailed, winning the title and a handsome $117,260.19 first prize.


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Fahredin "FeriBo" Mustafov

This event was a monster -- 4,105 total entries, with 2,887 uniques and 1,218 re-entries. The prize pool of $821,000 was way over the $500K guarantee, and the top 511 finishers each got a piece of the pie.

After one day of play they'd whittled all of the way down to just 111 players, with Stephen "woody1234321" Woodhead the biggest-stacked among them.

Just a little over two hours into the final day on Monday they were already down to 16, with Woodhead hanging on with a short stack and iNFOcALL leading the counts.

hguo was the next out in 16th, earning $2,831.38. kurtWSOP (15th), CharlesTY. (14th), and Stephen "woody1234321" Woodhead (13th) followed, picking up $3,972.08 apiece.

blackaces93 then fell in 12th -- not that long after having finished third in Event #77-H ($1,050 NLHE) for a six-figure score earlier in the day -- then tiss1 (11th) and crismoneybkr (10th) were each knocked out with those three all picking up $5,572.29.

The final nine were reseated around a single not-quite-officially-final table. Soon after that Woodstock37 ran pocket jacks into TanTanSWE's pocket aces to finish ninth for $7,817.15, and with that the official eight-handed final table began.

As mentioned, Fahredin "FeriBo" Mustafov was sitting comfortably atop the counts, well ahead of nearest challengers Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams and Galio Olio.


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Seat 1: salta44 (Argentina) -- 10,809,047
Seat 2: Fahredin "FeriBo" Mustafov (Bulgaria) -- 47,857,693
Seat 3: Galio Olio (South Korea) -- 29,274,943
Seat 4: iNFOcALL (Sweden) -- 15,593,050
Seat 5: kdrAS (Brazil) -- 13,279,359
Seat 7: TanTanSWE (Sweden) -- 34,585,181
Seat 8: Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams (Canada) -- 31,856,542
Seat 9: Mr.Kruges (Canada) -- 21,994,185

They'd just crossed the day's three-hour mark and it was the second hand of the final table when Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams raised, Mr.Kruges three-bet, salta44 shoved all in and only Mr.Kruges called. It was Q♠Q♥ for salta44 but Mr.Kruges had A♠A♥, and after the 7♣7♦A♦ flop and a nine on the turn salta44 was quickly out in eighth.

A short while later chip leader Fahredin "FeriBo" Mustafov opened from under the gun for 2.5x to 1.5 million. Bu then Galio Olio had slipped to a little over 9.7 million and three-bet shoved that stack from the next seat over, and everyone else folded. Mustafov called, showing J♦J♥ against Galio Olio's K♦T♣, and after a Q♦A♠5♣3♥5♣ runout Galio Olio was done in seventh.

About 10 minutes later Mustafov made another 2.5x UTG raise to 1.5 million, and this time iNFOcALL called from next position. Mustafov led with bets on both the 9♥K♠A♣ flop and 9♦ turn, earning calls both times. The river then brought the 2♥ and an all-in shove from Mustafov, and iNFOcALL called with the just over 10.4 million left.

iNFOcALL had A♥Q♦ for aces and nines, but Mustafov showed J♠9♠ for trip nines and iNFOcALL was down in sixth.

Mustafov continued to build on his lead, pushing up over 80 million (more than twice anyone else). Then a hand arose that saw TanTanSWE limp in from the small blind, Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams raise to 2.1 million from the BB, TanTanSWE reraise to 6.4 million, Adams shove all in, and TanTanSWE call with the 19.3 million left.

TanTanSWE had 8♦8♣ versus Adams's A♥K♥, and the A♣7♥Q♠ flop swiftly swung the edge in favor of Adams. The turn was the 3♣ and river the A♦, giving Adams trips and ending TanTanSWE's run in fifth.

They were only a little over a half-hour into the final table and soon would come yet another knockout to keep up the rapid pace of eliminations.

The hand began with kdrAS min-raising to 140,000 from the button and Mr.Kruges calling from the big blind. The coordinated Q♦9♦T♣ flop then inspired a lot of action, with Mr. Kruges check-raising kdrAS's continuation bet, kdrAS responding with an all-in push for 17.7 million, and Mr. Kruges calling.

kdrAS had Q♥J♠ for top pair and a straight draw while Mr.Kruges had J♣8♣ for an already-made queen-high straight. The turn was the A♥ and river the 6♠, and kdrAS was sent railward in fourth.

Things slowed down a bit from there. Deep-stacked three-handed play lasted another 45 minutes before Fahredin "FeriBo" Mustafov open-shoved from the small blind and Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams called all in with the almost 26.7 million he had left after posting the 1.2M big blind.

Mustafov had 8♦6♦ while Adams had a huge preflop edge with Q♣Q♠ -- 78.7 percent, according to the all-in calculator. But the 3♦5♦K♣ flop came Mustafov a flush draw, then the T♦ completed it, reducing Adams's equity to zero and stopping his run in third.


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Mustafov had a big advantage to start heads-up with 168,352,100 to Mr.Kruges's 36,897,900, but the stacks were still very deep -- 140 BBs to 31 BBs.

Mr.Kruges proved as difficult to finish off as the villain in his avatar -- Freddy Krueger of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. In fact, over the next hour-and-a-half Mr.Kruges would survive no less than five all-ins.

WCOOP-80-H-mrkruges.jpgThe first double came when Mr.Kruges made a straight on the river and was able to call a FeriBo all-in river bluff. Then came a chopped pot when both players were dealt ace-king and got it all in pre.

Then came three double-ups for Mr.Kruges -- one with pocket fives versus ace-deuce, another with pocket eights against king-ten, then a third with ace-jack against king-ten.

After the last one, Mustafov was down to about 108.8 million versus the 96.3 million of Mr.Kruges. The changed circumstance inspired Mr.Kruges to take to the chat box.

Mr.Kruges: deal?
FeriBo: play play

From there FeriBo took control, gradually whittling Mr.Kruges down under 25 million as the blinds increased to 1M/2M. Then -- close to two hours into their battle -- Mustafov open-pushed from the button and Mr.Kruges called in a snap.

Mr.Kruges: 6♥6♦
FeriBo: 5♠4♠

It looked good for Mr.Kruges to rise from the ashes once more, especially after the A♥K♥J♥ flop gave Mr.Kruges a flush draw to go along with the better pair.

Then came the turn... the 5♦. And the river... the 4♣!

Runner-runner two pair for FeriBo, and it was finally over -- Mustafov had won!

Congratulations to Fahredin "FeriBo" Mustafov who dominated the final table, then managed to endure a gritty heads-up challenge to win Event #80-H and a big $117K first prize.


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Fahredin "FeriBo" Mustafov

WCOOP-80-H: $215 NLHE (8-Max)
Entries: 4,105 (2,887 entries, 1,218 re-entries)
Prize pool: $821,000
Places paid: 511

1. Fahredin "FeriBo" Mustafov (Bulgaria) $117,260.19
2. Mr.Kruges (Canada) $83,585.51
3. Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams (Canada) $59,582.59
4. kdrAS (Brazil) $42,472.46
5. TanTanSWE (Sweden) $30,275.85
6. iNFOcALL (Sweden) $21,581.62
7. Galio Olio (South Korea) $15,384.06
8. salta44 (Argentina) $10,966.26


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