Main Event
Main Event
Day 3 Completed

John Juanda Headlines Amsterdam's Master Classics of Poker Final Table

Webjoker • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
John Juanda
John Juanda

On Day 3 of the Master Classics of Poker Main Event, 39 hopefuls started their quest for the final table. All were guaranteed a min-cash of €8,577. After 10 hours of play, 30 are back home with a great story about that one time they ran deep in the MCOP Main Event. 9 of them have an even better story and will be able to tell the tale of making the final table.

John Juanda is the most recognizable player to make it, the number 7 on the all-time money list didn't experience any major issues and navigated himself to a decent sized stack on the final table. A total of 8 nationalities are represented at the final table with some extreme poker talent represented. German high roller Claas Segebrecht leads the way with a massive chip advantage, he brings 138 big blinds to the table.

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Lars BondingDenmark926,00046
2Bart LybaertBelgium1,535,00077
3Igor YaroshevskyyUkraine896,00045
4John JuandaIndonesia660,00033
5Marijn van PuffelenNetherlands726,00036
6Goran MandicCroatia270,00014
7Claas SegebrechtGermany2,206,000110
8Kai LehtoFinland917,00046
9Moritz DietrichGermany437,00022

The day started with 39 players left in contention. The first 2 levels were dominated by bust outs, almost all the shorties fell. Vincent Calis (sixes into sevens) was the first of many to go to the payout desk.

As the shorties were gone, not every other hand was an all in and call anymore for quite some time. In fact, after the likes of Maxi Lehmanski, Bap de Haas, and Jean-Philippe Schoonbrood had been eliminated, it was relatively quiet for quite some time.

Ben Heath was the first of the next batch to go down. He bowed out running king-queen into aces. Two-time MCOP side event winner Rens Feenstra was next to go, getting it in with tens against the kings of Bart Lybaert. Dutch tv celebrity Alberto Stegeman, who's played this event for several years in a row now and has proven himself a true poker aficionado, went under in true gruel fashion. He got the classics set up of aces versus kings, with Claas Segebrecht this time being the beneficiary.

Some players in the event sighed a breath of relief when Martin Kabrhel got eliminated. The animated Czech player, who often needs a little more time than most of his competition, ran ace-queen into the kings of Kai Lehto.

Former MCOP Main Event and High Roller Champion Noah Boeken hit the rail in 15th place. He tried to use his ace-high flush blocker to leverage a fold from 2 opponents on the river. Unfortunately for him, Claas Segebrecht had the second nuts with king-five of hearts and wasn't too afraid of Boeken's possible nut flush. Boeken turned over nothing but ace-high upon getting called and left the casino in the late stages of the tournament.

Dutch players Fatih Aydin, Michiel Brosky, and Dennis Lavrijsen, as well as Iranian player Nariman Yaghmai were knocked out before the final table bubble was ignited. With hand over hand, several players doubled before Christopher "lissi stinkt" Frank hit the rail in 10th place. He reshoved with pocket eights, only to find Claas Segebrecht with aces behind him. The board never made things exciting and the final table was set.

Only a single Dutchman will be represented at the final table of the biggest poker tournament in the Netherlands. The final table starts at 3 p.m., preceded by a spectacular opening where every player is walked to the final table with their favorite song blasting through the speakers in the casino. Check back tomorrow for continued coverage of the Master Classics of Poker.

Tags: Alberto StegemanBap de HaasBart LybaertBen HeathChristopher FrankClaas SegebrechtDennis LavrijsenFatih AydinGoran MandicIgor YaroshevskyyJean-Philippe SchoonbroodJohn JuandaKai LehtoLars BondingMarijn van PuffelenMartin KabrhelMaxi LehmanskiMichiel BroskyMoritz DietrichNariman YaghmaiNoah BoekenRens FeenstraVincent Calis

Christopher Frank Eliminated in 10th Place (€19,976)

Webjoker • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Christopher Frank (photo from an earlier event)
Christopher Frank (photo from an earlier event)

From the cutoff, Marijn van Puffelen opened for 36,000. His neighbor on the button, Christopher "lissi stinkt" Frank, shoved the button for 215,000. Chipleader Claas Segebrecht over shoved from the small blind which got rid of the big blind and initial raiser Van Puffelen.

Christopher Frank: {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}
Claas Segebrecht: {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}

The board ran out {7-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and Frank hit the rail in 10th place. With just 9 players remaining, play has stopped for the night.

The remaining 9 players return to Holland Casino Amsterdam at 3 pm to play down to a winner. All of them are guaranteed €23,926.

Claas Segebrecht de
Claas Segebrecht
de 2,060,000 260,000
Christopher Frank de
Christopher Frank
de Busted

Tags: Christopher FrankClaas Segebrecht

Dennis Lavrijsen Eliminated in 11th Place (€19,976)

Webjoker • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Dennis Lavrijsen
Dennis Lavrijsen

Kai Lehto opened the hijack for 35,000 (with over 300,000 behind) and his neighbor Dennis Lavrijsen went into the tank for a bit. After about 2 minutes or so, he pushed for 296,000.

Moritz Dietrich folded right away but small blind Bart Lybaert wasn't so eager to throw his cards into the muck. He checked his cards 3 times and eventually pushed. Juanda folded his big blind right away, and so did Lehto.

Dennis Lavrijsen: {7-Hearts}{7-Spades}
Bart Lybaert: {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}

The board came an uneventful {A-Spades}{J-Spades}{6-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{3-Clubs} and Lavrijsen hit the rail in 11th place for €19,976. The Main Event is now hand for hand on the Final Table bubble.

Bart Lybaert be
Bart Lybaert
be 1,390,000 410,000
Dennis Lavrijsen nl
Dennis Lavrijsen
nl Busted

Tags: Bart LybaertDennis Lavrijsen

Lybaert Pays Off Yaroshevskyy

Webjoker • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Bart Lybaert opened the button for 38,000 and big blind Igor Yaroshevskyy defended.

Both of the players involved checked on {J-Spades}{3-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} and the {5-Hearts} on the turn was seen for free. Yaroshevskyy bet 40,000, Lybaert called.

The {K-Diamonds} completed the board and Yaroshevskyy bet 120,000. Lybaert called but had to muck upon being shown {K-Hearts}{J-Clubs}.

Igor Yaroshevskyy ua
Igor Yaroshevskyy
ua 1,221,000 121,000
Bart Lybaert be
Bart Lybaert
be 980,000 -220,000

Tags: Igor YaroshevskyyBart Lybaert



Webjoker • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Another 15-minute break for the players.

Nariman Yaghmai Eliminated in 12th Place (€16,929)

Webjoker • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Action folded to Claas Segebrecht in the small blind and he opened for 40,000. Nariman Yaghmai thought about it for a bit and eventually decided to call from the big blind.

The flop came {9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} and Segebrecht bet 38,000. Yaghmai shoved all in and Segebrecht snap called.

Nariman Yaghmai: {10-Spades}{2-Spades}
Claas Segebrecht: {9-Hearts}{8-Spades}

The turn and river were both blanks and Segebrecht knocked out his Iranian opponent.

Claas Segebrecht de
Claas Segebrecht
de 1,800,000 700,000
Nariman Yaghmai ir
Nariman Yaghmai
ir Busted

Tags: Claas SegebrechtNariman Yaghmai