PokerStars Festival Bucharest: Action hand sees four reduced to heads-up on final table


What a hand we've just witnessed here at the final table of the PokerStars Festival Main Event. It saw the deep-stacked table of four reduced down to just two players, with the winner scooping almost 8 million chips and surging into a huge chip lead heads-up.

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Here's how it went down:

With blinds at 50,000/100,000, Anil Olgun Ozdemir opened the action to 250,000 under-the-gun. It was flat-called by Daniel Nietrzebka on the button and folded to Fahredin Mustafov in the big blind. He annouced "All in", putting his remaining 2,485,000 chips in the middle.

After a few moments, Ozdemir re-shoved, putting Nietrzebka in an uncomfortable spot. But it turned out to be an easy decision for Nietrzebka, who snapped it off.

The cards?

Anil Ozdemir: J♦J♣
Fahredin Mustafov: A♥T♠
Daniel Nietrzebka:K♠K♦

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Wait for it...

"The Jack is coming, I'm not even worried" was the first thing that came from Ozdemir.

And, remarkably, he was right.

The dealer laid out Q♠J♠2♠, to give the chip-leader a set. But with the spade heavy board, it was still looking dangerous for Ozdemir, with Nietrzebka holding the K♠.

The dealer knocked the table before revealing the turn card...

"YES" shouted Nietrzebka as the 5♠ hit the turn to give him a made flush.

But were his celebrations premature? He needed to avoid the board pairing to scoop the pot, and quickly realised that the odds weren't as good as he thought. "NO FULL HOUSE" he added, before the dealer moved to lay out the river card.

And then it came...

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The 2♥ landed on the felt to give Ozdemir the full-house and scoop the entire lot. He ran over to his rail to celebrate as the remaining players stood up to leave the table.

With just 3-big blinds more than Mustafov (4th), Nietrzebka finished in third for €57,600.

"So, so sick. FML." said Mustafov as he stepped away from the table.

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Unlucky boys

It means we're now heads up here in the Main Event, with Sam Grafton on 5,635,000 chips and 16,445,000. Stay tuned to see how it plays out here and which of these two will be crowned the winner...

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Grafton and Ozdemir heads-up in the Main

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Dan Jones
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