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O'Dwyer Wins WPTDS Amsterdam High Roller; Schulze Ships Main Event

Steve O'Dwyer

From March 23 to 31, Holland Casino Amsterdam played host to the popular WPTDeepStacks series, one of the Global Poker Awards nominees for Mid-Major Tour/Circuit of the Year. It was the fifth time the WPT was held in Amsterdam, and it was a successful, record-breaking stop for the Dutch casino with a new attendance record set in the Main Event.

2019 WPTDS Amsterdam €2,200 High Roller

The €2,200 High Roller, played March 30 and 31, was won by Steve O'Dwyer for €72,905 ($81,965.) It was yet another high roller victory for the American/Irishman living in Amsterdam, who topped a live event for the 23rd time in his career, according to The Hendon Mob. It was also the second time O'Dwyer was victorious in the Dutch casino after winning the €25,500 Super High Roller at the 2018 Master Classics of Poker last November.

O'Dwyer defeated a final table full of Dutch players en route to victory, including Noah Boeken, Paul Berende, and David Boyaciyan. Heads-up, O'Dwyer defeated Marcel Goldenbelt to claim the first-place prize. Goldenbelt started with a 2:1 chip lead, but on an {a-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{10-Spades}{a-Spades} board, O'Dwyer picked off Goldenbelt's {j-Diamonds}{9-Spades} bluff with {k-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}. Goldenbelt's final chips went in with queen-nine against O'Dwyer's ace-eight suited, and after five blanks, the tournament was over. Goldenbelt received €46,120 for his runner-up finish.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (EUR)Prize (USD)
1Steve O'DwyerIreland€72,905$81,965
2Marcel GoldenbeltNetherlands€46,120$51,852
3Sandro PitzantiNetherlands€27,350$30,750
4Christian PielichNetherlands€16,770$18,855
5David BoyaciyanNetherlands€12,770$14,357
6John GeenenNetherlands€10,835$12,180
7Paul BerendeNetherlands€9,420$10,589
8Firoz MangroeNetherlands€8,255$9,280
9Noah BoekenNetherlands€7,290$8,195

2019 WPTDS Amsterdam €1,200 Main Event

Felix Schulze
Felix Schulze

A record-breaking 507 entries were made in the WPTDS Amsterdam €1,200 Main Event, making it the biggest iteration of the stop yet. 64 players finished in the money, including notables such as Tobias Peters, Ioannis Angelou-Konstas, Mateusz Moolhuizen, and Dutch bracelet winner Marcel Vonk

The eventual champion after four days was to go home with a six-figure prize of €104,304, and it was Felix Schulze of Germany who claimed top honor. Schulze defeated France's Emrah Cakmak heads-up, who had to settle for €69,525. Schulze won the final hand when a classic coin flip with pocket tens against ace-king landed his way.

The biggest name at the final table was American Joey Weissman, who saw a deep run come to an end in third place after a failed bluff attempt against Cakmak.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (EUR)Prize (USD)
1Felix SchulzeGermany€104,304$117,253
2Emrah CakmakFrance€69,525$78,143
3Joey WeissmanUnited States€51,285$57,642
4Micha HoedemakerNetherlands€38,245$42,986
5Mark WiegerinckNetherlands€28,835$32,409
6Enrico CamosciItaly€21,985$24,710
7James ThodyUnited Kingdom€16,950$19,049
8Menduh KalmazGermany€13,220$14,857
9Carlos Dacosta DiasPortugal€10,430$11,721

The next WPTDeepStacks event in Europe will be held in Casino Malta from April 11-14 and will be in conjunction with 888poker.

Photos courtesy of Tomas Stacha/WPT. Tournament information provided by Aaron McBride/WPT &

  • Steve O'Dwyer wins WPTDS High Roller in Holland Casino Amsterdam; Felix Schulze wins the Main Event

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