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Rozvadov’s Dutch Classics Opening Event Nearly Doubles Guaranteed Prize Pool to €10,887

Poker events are what makes a player’s life more riveting and brings the spark of excitement to it. Large interest was demonstrated towards the grand start of the Dutch Classics poker festival at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, the Czech Republic, which granted Jan Henderikus Halsema the first place and €2,319 following a two-way deal between him and the runner-up player.

Surprises are what life is all about and as it turns out, the poker festival which is currently in progress at King’s Casino might be full of them. Setting the mood in the right tone, the first event of the rich schedule transformed the casino venue in an unexpected way. Players’ interest towards participation in the Opening Event managed to surprise everyone as there were some 146 individuals registering for poker action.

Action Commences at King’s Casino

They claimed their spots at the poker tables with their joint efforts they managed to almost double the originally set guaranteed prize pool. Coming with a buy-in of some €70 this is one of the more affordable events throughout the Dutch Festival. It could be recalled that prior to the start of the event organizers had announced a prize pool of €6,000 in total, but as it turns out players managed to reach some €10,887. Each of the participants would commence their run towards the top positions on the leader board with starting chip stacks of some 15,000.

This was not the deepest ones available during this festival, but would still provide them with the freedom to operate with them and make brave choices. Levels amounted to some 25 minutes, giving players enough time to consider their next move without slowing down the tempo too much. Only the top 20 positions on the official rank list of the tournament were eligible to a cash payout and this affected the overall motivation across the player pool.

Players were willing to make it to the money bubble since the minimum payout reached some €142. The first player who left his poker table with cash was Steven Van Kollenburg from the Netherlands. Once poker action reached its final stages, players became even more determined to make it all the way to the top, which was visible by their brave moves. The fourth position on the official leader board of the tournament was claimed by Hans Bernhard Moenius from neighboring Germany who received some €969 for his deep run in the event.

The third position was occupied by another Dutch player Matthieu Habets making himself at home with a bagful of €1,176. This is how the battle reached its heads-up duel between Halsema and a player registered under the nickname labi. The two of them arranged a deal among themselves which saw the original consolation prize of €1,780 being increased to €2,072. In the meantime, the winner’s previously announced prize of €2,611 was reduced to only €2,319.

Main Event Takes Thursday by Storm

Thursday afternoon brings yet another opportunity for players to win big in Rozvadov, though a Satellite event to the Main Event first starting flight. Buy-in for it would amount to some €40 providing them with the chance to win a seat at Main Event Day 1A at an affordable price. Players would then reunite once again for the official start of Day 1A, featuring a buy-in of €195.

Next week would bring one of the more exciting poker offerings – World Series of Poker Circuit Events 2018, commencing on 20th September and going all the way to 8th October. Players would have the chance to win some of the 15 WSOP Gold Rings sprinkled throughout the festival, further boosted by the €2 million in guaranteed prize pools.

 Author: Benjamin Barry

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