Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
A total of 158 players returned to the tables of the Holland Casino in Amsterdam on Wednesday for Day 2 of the 2014 Master Classics of Poker €4,250 Main Event. Registration was still open until the first card was dealt at 14:00 CET, which allowed six late entries and 11 reentries to take advantage of the option and boost the overall attendance to 298 entries.
This equaled the number of runners of the year prior and even more remarkable is the fact that all Main Event champions of the past three years made it into the money. Ole Schemion was leading the field at the start of the day, and the 2012 winner made it through to Day 3, as did David Boyaciyan (2011), and defending champion Noah Boeken.
Among the early eliminations were such familiar names as Marcel Luske, Bryn Kenney, Steve O'Dwyer, Artur Koren, Davidi Kitai, Sorel Mizzi, and Paul Valkenburg. Jorryt van Hoof had a rough day on the felt and busted in a massive three-way pot with the against Stuart Rutter's when the Brit spiked the on the river to bust the November Niner and eliminate Fatima Moreira de Melo as well — the latter holding the .
Action continued fast and furious with the field being reduced from 43 to 36 in the span of less than 20 minutes to reach the money. Clyde Tjauw Foe woke up with the in the big blind after the all-in shove of Keith Hawkins with the , a call from Michiel Brummelhuis and another all-in shove from Mohamed Almani with the . Brummelhuis folded the and would have made a flush, but the kings held up and Tjauw Foe bagged 658,800 to claim the overnight chip lead.
Michael Telker just missed out on the money as did Aviv Meiri and Joeri van der Sman, both of whom were eliminated while Jason Wheeler had a decision for his tournament life on the bubble. Wheeler, an American, ended up calling for his stack of 180,000 in chips with the and Jussi Nevanlinna, who finished runner-up to Boyaciyan in 2011, had him covered and the better starting hand with the . The board ran out , and Wheeler was out. All remaining players were guaranteed at least €5,901 for their efforts and a shot to go further on Day 3. That's when play will continue with levels of 90 minutes and the first blinds at 2,000/4,000 with an ante of 500.
The big stacks for the penultimate day include [Removed:17] (640,700), 2011 champion Boyaciyan (582,600), Jimmy Pan (435,900), Andrew Chen (434,200), Day 1 chip leader and 2012 champion Schemion (425,800), and Amir Mozaffarian (355,700). Play will resume at 14:00 CET and will continue until the final table of the last nine players remain, the PokerNews Live Reporting team will be there to cover all crucial hands.
While Aviv Meiri was getting knocked out on one table and Joeri van der Sman took a beat from [Removed:17], there was still one more hand being played when hand-for-hand was announced.
Jason Wheeler was on the button with a 47,800 bet out in front of him while Jussi Nevanlinna, a former MCOP runner-up in the big blind, had a 22,800 bet before him. The Finn announced all in and the action was put back onto Wheeler. The American was just about to call off his stack when he looked at the clock - there were still 39 players left (NB this was before the exits of Meiri and van der Sman). Wheeler began to count his stack and thought for several minutes as the number of players remaining went down from 39 to 37. A crowd gathered around with several short stacks looking on expectantly.
Finally Wheeler said, "Ok I call."
The board came to make a full house for the Finnish player. There was a countdown, Wheeler had about 180,000 in total but Nevanlinna had roughly 210,000. The American was out, everyone else was in the money and play immediately finished for the day.
An incredibly unusual and ultimately frustrating exit for Joeri van der Sman due to the preflop action.
Ole Schemion open-limped and van der Sman limped behind him on the button. The small blind completed before [Removed:17] made it 18,000 to play. Schemion flat-called and then van der Sman shoved all in for around 150,000. The small blind folded and Yan tanked for a couple of minutes before calling. Schemion folded.
van der Sman:
The board came and Yan spiked three sevens to leave 37 players left and the official bubble. And hand-for-hand had not started yet. There was still one hand going on...
Game over for Aviv Meiri, he was all in preflop with against Richard Milne's but the board came and Meiri went out in 39th place.
With 38 players remaining, the floor staff announced the tournament would be going hand-for-hand just as soon as the remaining hands were finished...
Michael Telker moved all in for 45,000 with and Andrew Chen called two seats over with . There was no upset on the board and the field was reduced to only 40 players remaining.
Keith Hawkins moved all in for 36,800 from middle position and Michiel Brummelhuis called from one seat over. The action folded to Mohamed Almani in the small blind and he moved all in for just over 200,000 chips. Clyde Tjauw Foe in the big blind had both players at risk covered and was all in as well to create a massive pot. Brummelhuis folded and the three players turned over their cards:
Brummelhuis would have made a flush as the board ran out , eliminating both Hawkins and Almani just shy of the money.
On the turn of a board, Michael Telker checked and Andrew Chen bet 21,000. Telker made the call to see the on the river before checking once more. This time Chen bet 70,000 - in effect, putting Telker all in but the latter couldn't bring himself to continue and opted to fold instead.
Joeri van der Sman had opened to 8,000 preflop and was called by [Removed:17] on the button and Albert Hoekendijk in the small blind. The flop came and it was checked to Yan who bet 11,100. Hoekendijk called and van der Sman folded.
Both players checked the turn and Hoekendijk instantly bet 15,000 on the river. Yan went into the tank for a minute then made a resigned call. Hoekendijk flipped for a full house and picked up pot.