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PokerStars World Series of Online Poker (WCOOP) Crowns First British Winner

8/9/2009
Following on from the United Kingdom’s great run of form at this year’s World Series of Poker, another British player has kept up the country’s fantastic recent record by taking down a World Championship of Online Poker event on PokerStars.

The Briton, who plays under the online handle MUSTAFABET, took down the Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max event to secure a first prize of $86,247 and an all-important WCOOP bracelet after besting a field of 2,738 runners that included Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Barry Greenstein.

The victory was certainly a test of endurance for the UK-based player who, playing in a different time zone, did not finish his night’s work until 9.00 in the morning UK time – a full 14 hours after the tournament had kicked off. However, when the final hand did eventually come about, the chips found their way into the middle in no time.

With MUSTAFABET sharing a 4-3-5-3-Q board with his only remaining competitor, Brunswick Dave, an all-in and a call saw both players turn over absolutely huge heads-up hands. Brunswick Dave showed 7-3-J-Q for threes full of queens, but MUSTAFABET had him notched with 5-4-9-5 for a bigger boat with fives full.

The hand ensured that MUSTAFABET picked up his first WCOOP bracelet and finally put the UK on the board for PokerStars’ flagship series, with his victory coming on the back of a solid performance at this year’s Spring Championship of Online Poker, where he also made the final table in the Eight Game event.
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