Tomas Fara Comes Back From One Big Blind To Win WSOP Europe Gold

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Tomas Fara
Tomas Fara takes gold at WSOP Europe, winning the €1,100 Turbo Bounty event (photo: WSOP)

Tomas Fara struck gold on Saturday when he won the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe €1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter event. Fara topped the field of 377 entries at WSOP Europe to score a first-place prize of €59,904 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Fara entered the final table in pretty solid position on the leaderboard, where he ranked third in chips entering the final nine. Things quickly got better for him when he took out Giorgiy Skhulukhiya in ninth place, but then a series of lost pots had Fara sitting on just a single big blind with five players left. In what was a comeback for the ages, Fara stormed back into contention before he knocked out David Elyashar in fourth, Manig Loeser in third place, and then, finally, Nisad Muratovic in second place.

€1,100 Turbo Bounty Final Table Results

1st: Tomas Fara – €59,904
2nd: Nisad Muratovic – €37,004
3rd: Manig Loeser – €24,949
4th: David Elyashar – €17,172
5th: Anson Tsang – €12,071
6th: Arturs Scerbaks – €8,670
7th: Phil Hui – €6,366
8th: Julian Selinger – €4,781
9th: Giorgiy Skhulukhiya – €3,674

The one-day event was a fast-paced affair and it involved some key players in the WSOP Player of the Year race going deep. Shaun Deeb fell in 13th place, earning €2,329, and Phil Hui reached the final table before busting in seventh for €6,366.

After Fara was knocked down to a single big blind, he won a series of double ups to get back to nearly 2 million in chips. Fara watched Muratovic take out Anson Tsang in fifth place before he took out Elyashar in fourth place, doing so with pocket fives and flopping a set.

Three-handed action saw Fara, Muratovic, and Loeser trade plenty of blows, but then Fara knocked out Loeser in third place to enter heads-up play with more than double the chips of Muratovic. When he busted Loeser, Fara did so with the Ah2h against Loeser’s QdJc.

With the blinds at 125,000-250,000 with a 250,000 big blind ante, there were less than 40 big blinds on the table between the final two players. That led to a quick heads-up match with Fara coming out on top. In the end, it was Fara’s KhQs against Muratovic’s Th8c. The final board ran out JhJd2s5d3h to give Fara the victory.