Hakim Zoufri Wins 2017 WSOPC Rotterdam High RollerAugust 30, 2017 2:28 pm
Hakim Zoufri has won the €3,500 WSOP International Circuit Rotterdam High Roller, after besting a field of 65 players over two days on his way to claiming the title, and a first place prize of €69,888. As a result, the Dutch player now joins a line up of past winners of the tournament, which includes such players as Ole Schemion, Noah Boeken, Ruben Visser, Ram Vaswani, and Robert Mizrachi.
Hakim Zoufri finished Day 1 of the event with just one big blind, before opting to buy back in for an additional 25,000 chips. That was a fortunate decision, indeed, as he was subsequently able to eventually progress all the way through to the final table where each of the players was guaranteed at least €27,349 for their hard-fought efforts. In the meantime, amongst the notable pros failing to reach one of the event’s seven money spots was Finlands’s Juha Helppi and the UK’s Charlie Carrel.
Zoufri faced a tough final table, though, which included Govert Metaal, as well as Dutch TV host Alberto Stegeman. Nevertheless, Zoufri (5-5) eliminated Stegeman (A-Q) in 6th, before later making a flush to dispatch Govert Metaal to the rail in 3rd for a €28,636 payday.
The last phase of the tournament between Hakim Zoufri and Freek Scholten subsequently got underway, and following half an hour of back and forth, the heads-up reached its ultimate conclusion with Scholten (10-4) three-bet bluffing preflop, before going all-in on a K-5-3-Q-9 board. Zoufri opted to make the call holding Q-10, and just like that Scholten was consigned to a runner-up finish worth €43,189, while top honors went to Hakim Zoufri.
Following his victory, Zoufri now boasts $512,367 in live earnings, with his biggest score coming only last November after taking down the €4,250 Master Classics of Poker for €275,608 ($294,660).
Final Table Results:
1: Hakim Zoufri €69,888 ($83,671)
2: Freek Scholten €43,189 ($51,707)
3: Govert Metaal €28,636 ($34,284)
4: Niko Mykkanen €20,277 ($24,276)
5: Kees van Brugge €15,262 ($18,272)
6: Alberto Stegeman €12,174 ($14,568)
7: Firoz Mangroe €10,260 ($12,278)