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The Dutch player has 168,700 – a total gained partly in a monster pot in Level 9 when he turned a full house against Ryanne van der Wiele and Kees van Brugge. Van Brugge folded a full house of his own on the river and Strijbis soared up the chip counts, a position in which he stayed for the rest of the day.
There were a whole bunch of Dutch players in the field, including EPT champions Noah Boeken and Peter de Korver, along with 2016 WPT Tournament of Champions winner Farid Yachou. He fired two bullets but failed to reach Day 2; he may still be back today as the tournament allows unlimited re-entries. Day 1a survivors can also play Day 1B and then carry forward their best stack – Finnish pro Juha Helppi might be up for this after bagging up just 800 chips. He told tournament staff that he: “Doesn’t want to see those 800 chips on Day 2.”
The WPT Amsterdam €3,300 Main Event starts May 9 and features two starting flights, with one re-entry per flight. The schedule also features a two-day €6,000 High Roller (May 8-9) plus several other great tournaments such as a €750 Pot-Limit Omaha, €550 Crazy Pineapple and €2k NL Turbo.
This is the WPT’s third consecutive visit to the Netherlands. The WPTDeepstacks tour is making its European debut here and the new WPTDeepStacks European Player of the Year will earn a package that includes a custom trophy, €15k of buy-ins for WPT Main Tour events in Europe and €5k WPTDeepStacks Europe sponsorship package. The WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam series champion will also earn a seat into the season-ending WPTDeepStacks event in Europe, plus €500 for travel expenses.
Holland Casino is located in the heart of Amsterdam, between the Leidse square entertainment district and the museum district. Holland Casino Amsterdam boasts 40 poker tables, 37 live-gaming tables, state-of-the-art slot and video machines, lively bars, and celebrated restaurants.