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Master Classics of Poker Kicks Off Nov. 15

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  • Four Dutch players have won the MCOP Main Event this decade. Will the trophy be kept on home soil once again?

The Master Classics of Poker (MCOP) is one of the longest-running live poker tournament series. Last year, the festival doubled its event schedule to include more than two dozen events to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

This year's schedule is equally as big for its 26th edition taking place at the Holland Casino Amsterdam from Nov. 15-25.

The highlight of the poker festival is, of course, the MCOP €4,300 Main Event. Last year, local Dutch player Hakim Zoufri won the event for €275,608 after outlasting a field of 356 entrants.

Hakim Zoufri
Hakim Zoufri

That marked the fourth time this decade the trophy was kept on home soil as David Boyaciyan (2011 - €382,200), Noah Boeken (2013 - €306,821) and Ruben Visser (2014 - €306,821) also notched recent victories in the Main Event.

Main Event

This year's Main Event should prove to be equally exciting. The tournament is a deep-stacked affair with players starting out with 30,000 in chips. Blind levels increase every 60 minutes during the first two opening flights on Nov. 17 and Nov. 21 and every 20 minutes during a turbo-flight on Nov. 21.

Players bagging chips will combine for Day 2 on Nov. 22 and the tournament will play through Nov. 24 until a winner is crowned. Starting on Day 3, blinds go up to 75 minutes, providing players a deeper structure.

The schedule features many satellites to some of the bigger events including six €330 qualifiers to the Main Event.

The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to cover both the Main Event and the MCOP €25,500 Super High Roller on Nov. 18-19, which is expected to attract some of the biggest names in poker.

Full Schedule

Here is a look at the entire 2016 Master Classics of Poker schedule:

DateStarting TimeDescriptionBuy-in
Nov. 152 p.m.NLH Single Re-Entry€440
 7 p.m.Satellite Main Event 1A Single Re-Entry€330
 9 p.m.NLH Hyper Turbo Freeze Out€2,100
Nov. 162 p.m.NLH Single Re-Entry Day 2 + Final 
 2 p.m.NLH Bounty Freeze Out (€150)€550
 6 p.m.PLO High Roller Single Re-Entry€3,250
 7 p.m.Satellite Main Event 1A Single Re-Entry€330
Nov. 172 p.m.NLH Main Event 1A€4,300
 2 p.m.PLO High Roller Day 2 + Final 
 6 p.m.Satellite NLH Super High Roller Single Re-Entry€2,600
 7 p.m.Satellite Main Event 1B Single Re-Entry€330
Nov. 182 p.m.NLH Single Re-Entry€1,600
 2 p.m.NLH Super High Roller Re-Entry€25,500
 7 p.m.Satellite Main Event 1B Single Re-Entry€330
Nov. 192 p.m.NLH Single Re-Entry Day 2 
 2 p.m.NLH Super High Roller Re-Entry Day +2 + Final 
 4 p.m.NLHE Prog Bounty 8 Max (€500)€1,600
 7 p.m.Satellite Main Event 1B Single Re-Entry€330
Nov. 202 p.m.NLHE Prog Bounty 8 Max (€500) Day 2 + Final 
 2 p.m.PLO Single Re-Entry€770
 3 p.m.NLH Single Re-Entry Day 3 + Final 
 7 p.m.Satellite Main Event 1B Single Re-Entry€330
Nov. 212 p.m.NLH Main Event 1B€4,300
 2 p.m.PLO Single Re-Entry Day 2 + Final 
 6 p.m.NLH €500 Single Re-Entry€550
 10 p.m.NLH Main Event 1C Speed€4,300
Nov. 222 p.m.NLH €500 Single Re-Entry Day 2 + Final 
 2 p.m.NLH Main Event Day 2 
 6 p.m.Satellite NLH High Roller Re-Entry€660
 8 p.m.NLH Single Re-Entry 1A Speed€825
Nov. 232 p.m.NLHE Single Re-Entry 1B€825
 2 p.m.NLH Main Event Day 3 
 6 p.m.NLH High Roller Re-Entry€10,300
Nov. 242 p.m.NLHE Single Re-Entry Day 2 
 2 p.m.NLH High Roller Re-Entry Day 2 
 2 p.m.NLH Speed Freeze Out€1,100
 3 p.m.NLH Main Event Final 
Nov. 252 p.m.NLHE Single Re-Entry Day 3 + Final 
 2 p.m.NLHE Bounty (€200) Team Event€880
 2 p.m.NLH High Roller Re-Entry Day 3 + Final 

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