Main Event
Main Event
Day 4 Completed

Hakim Zoufri and Fabio Sperling Return for Additional Day in 2016 MCOP Main Event

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Hakim Zoufri leads the 2016 MCOP Main Event
Hakim Zoufri leads the 2016 MCOP Main Event

The final table of the 2016 Master Classics of Poker Main Event in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, saw nine players take their seats to battle for the €275,608-first place prize. The final table, that started extremely deep after a relatively short Day 3, was meant to play down to a winner. In the end, that didn't come to be as two players remained when the government-owned casino had to close at 3 am.

While Juha Helppi started out as the chipleader and Charlie Carrel headlined the event after making two final tables earlier this festival, they didn't get close to the title and busted well before the final hand was played. After a, hopefully, good night rest, Hakim Zoufri (photo) and Fabio Sperling return to the casino on Saturday for the heads up part of the event.

 PlayerCountryChip Count
 Hakim ZoufriNetherlands5,670,000
 Fabio SperlingGermany5,000,000
1  €275,608
2  €184,820
3Ivan ArbatskyKazachstan€128,147
4Juha HelppiFinland€92,057
5Stefan FabianRomania€68,514
6Samuli SipilaFinland€52,584
7Michiel BroskyNetherlands€41,447
8Rashed ZadeNetherlands€33,411
9Charlie CarrelUnited Kingdom€27,349
Juha Helppi, Hakim Zoufri, Samuli Sipila, Ivan Arbatsky and Stefan Fabian

What was supposed to be the final day of the 2016 MCOP Main Event started out with nine players still in contention for the first place prize and the MCOP plate, the coveted trophy unique to Holland's biggest annual poker tournament.

The first bust out would reshape the final table and be of influence on its outcome in a tremendous way. A cooler between Charlie Carrel with the ace-king and Fabio Sperling holding pocket queens, resulted in Carrel departing first while Sperling got rid of a very dangerous neighbor and a much bigger stack.

Short stack Rashed Zade was next to go as he reshoved ace-king into Ivan Arbatsky who had raised and then called with pocket sixes. The coin flip was won by the man from Kazakhstan while the hometown player departed in eight place.

Another Dutch player would be next to go as Michiel Brosky exited in seventh place. He found himself on the wrong end of a cooler as he too reshipped ace-king, but walked straight into the aces of, again, Ivan Arbatsky.

Samuli Sipila, who had started the final table as the shortest stack but had now laddered considerably, too went under with ace-king. He got it in against the queen-ten of Hakim Zoufri and the latter made a straight on the river to send the Fin home.

The only Romanian player, Stefan Fabian, had his head on the chopping block next. He was one of the shorter stacks when he was shoved on by Ivan Arbatsky. Fabian looked down on ace-king and quickly called. Arbatsky had ten-six suited and hit a six on the flop to send Fabian packing.

Spotting a pattern there wasn't hard; everyone could see that ace-king wasn't doing any good today. Nonetheless, Juha Helppi went with it anyway and would regret it soon enough. Ace-king proved fatal once again as Helppi walked his top hand into the queens of Fabio Sterling to go out in fourth place. Helppi, who had started the final table as chipleader after stone bubbling the event last year, still seemed unfazed by it all when he walked to the payout desk to collect his €92,057.

With three players remaining, Fabio Sperling had a massive advantage over both his opponents but play was anything but shallow with both of the shorter stacks still 30 big blinds deep. Ivan Arbatsky, the man from Kazachstan who had, to much applaus of the three rows deep rail, picked a local song as his introduction tune, couldn't hold on to them. Slowly but surely he started losing chips, bleeding parts of his stack in a lot of small pots. In, again, a cooler he pushed with queens over Zoufri's raise only to find Sperling repush behind him with ace-queen. If Zoufri had called, it could've been all over in one final hand, but the last standing Dutchman opted to fold his eights instead of going with them. Arbatsky found himself in good position to double up, but an ace on the flop spoiled it for him and he made his exit in third place.

The two remaining players battled for a little over an hour before the casino had to close. By the time the chips went in the bags, Hakim Zoufri had overtaken Fabio Sperling as chipleader after one big bluff and multiple smaller pots.

The two return to Holland Casino Amsterdam at 4 pm local time to face each other with the cheque worth €275,608 in between them. They're already guaranteed €184,820, something that might help to find them a good night of sleep. returns to the battleground tomorrow, so check back then to find out who has taken down the most prestigious event in The Netherlands as the Main Event of the 25th anniversary Master Classics of Poker concludes.

€275,608, a unique MCOP plate and a set of Skullcandy headphones awaits the champion
Hakim Zoufri nl
Hakim Zoufri
nl 5,670,000 760,000
Fabio Sperling de
Fabio Sperling
de 5,000,000 -760,000

Tags: Charlie CarrelFabio SperlingHakim ZoufriIvan ArbatskyJuha HelppiMichiel BroskyRashed ZadeSamuli SipilaStefan Fabian

Zoufri Flops Top Two

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Fabio Sperling made it 220,000 from the button with {Q-Hearts}{10-Spades} and Hakim Zoufri three-bet with {9-Spades}{8-Hearts} to 615,000. Sperling called and the flop came {7-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}. Zoufri, with top two pair, fired 720,000 and Sperling folded after some hefty tanking.

Fabio Sperling de
Fabio Sperling
de 6,120,000 -565,000
Hakim Zoufri nl
Hakim Zoufri
nl 4,550,000 565,000

Tags: Fabio SperlingHakim Zoufri


Play Back Underway

Webjoker • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

The casino closes in a little over half an hour. If play hasn't finished by then, the two remaining players return tomorrow for an additional day.

Ivan Arbatsky Eliminated in 3rd Place (€128,147)

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Ivan Arbatsky
Ivan Arbatsky

Hakim Zoufri found {8-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} on the button and raised to 180,000. Ivan Arbatsky woke up with {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} in the small blind and shoved for 1,155,000. Fabio Sperling in the big blind over shoved for 5,495,000 with {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades} and Zoufri folded reluctantly.

The flop came {9-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}, making Arbatsky the heavy favorite.

With the {J-Clubs} on the turn, Arbatsky was down to a single out. He didn't hit as the river came the {7-Clubs} and Ivan Arbatsky made his exit in third place, good for €128,147.

Hakim Zoufri and Fabio Sperling are now heads up with €184,820 locked up, but gunning for that €275,608-first place prize.

Fabio Sperling de
Fabio Sperling
de 6,860,000 855,000
Hakim Zoufri nl
Hakim Zoufri
nl 3,810,000 410,000
Ivan Arbatsky KZ
Ivan Arbatsky
KZ Busted

Tags: Fabio SperlingHakim ZoufriIvan Arbatsky