Day 2 of the inaugural Progressive Bounty event at the Master Classics of Poker saw 27 players return while only 17 would cash. After some 14 hours of play, a champion was crowned just before casino closing time. Maik de Rijk, a long-time regular at the Amsterdam poker series, grabbed the coveted plate after a rollercoaster of a day.
With 10 players to the money, play started out relatively loose. Henok Tekle Mariam was out before some players had seen a blind and MCOP champions Tonny van Eck and Hakim Zoufri departed well before the money as well. While not all left empty-handed, since some had gathered some bounty money before busting, the real money started coming in for the Top 17.
Holland Casino regular Dennis Lavrijsen and MCOP side event winners Bartel Kars and Doug Roberts both hit the rail shortly after Eric Mooij bubble the event.
From there, it was a short ride to the official final table of 8 with [Removed:155] the first to depart. He got it in with ace-king against ace-queen and jacks and saw Van Boxtel hit a queen to scoop the big pot.
Andre Otten was next to go, gifting his chips to Tonny Krijn who secured the chip lead doing so. Otten's ten-nine suited outflopped Krijn's ace-king but a king on the river set things straight and Otten left in 7th place.
It would take a level and a half for the next player to go, and it was the last German player Pascal Pflock to be the unlucky one. He found himself all in holding ace-five to Bob Janssens's pocket tens and found no help on the flop, turn, or river.
Spel Sah Hwan followed him out the doer, pushing with second pair into Janssens' top pair on a flop of ace-queen-four. Janssens faded some outs to make play 4-handed.
While Raul van Boxtel doubled with quads first, the likable hometown player was next to go anyway. He got short and called all in with jack-three suited and turned out to be up against four-seven suited. A seven on the river ousted Van Boxtel who had to settle for €20,267.
Fan-favorite Tonny Krijn bowed out in 3rd place, losing a flip to Bob Janssens. Janssens flopped top-two and rivered a boat with queen-eight to crush Krijn's deuces.
With play now heads up, the stakes were high. Both players had a hefty bounty on their head, with the biggest one belonging to Bob Janssens who had knocked out his fair share of players throughout the event. While all had started with a €500 bounty on their head, both were worth a multitude of that by the time only they were left. While there was a lot to play for, the structure didn't give them a lot of wiggle room. Janssens started out with the lead but as he missed with a combo draw he all of the sudden found himself out chipped.
The next hand, Janssens got it in with tens to Maik de Rijk's nines and flopped a set. De Rijk, however, would make runner runner straight to claim the title. After playing at the Master Classics of Poker for 10 years in a row, making 3 final tables and finishing runner-up once, now De Rijk was the one lifting the plate, the traditional trophy only the MCOP awards to their winners.
|1||Maik de Rijk||Netherlands||€29,900|
|4||Raul van Boxtel||Netherlands||€10,267|
|5||Spel Sah Hwan||Netherlands||€7,878|
Next up is the Main Event which will run through Friday. PokerNews.com will be on site to cover that prestigious event as well, so keep it here for all your updates from the Dutch capital.
Photos by Sonja Bruin, Holland Casino