Day 3 of the Master Classics of Poker Main Event has come to an end, and the final table is set. Nine players remain in the most prestigious tournament of The Netherlands, and it's a Dutchman that leads the international final table.
Teun Mulder, an online cash game expert by trade, battled with kings versus ace-king in the last hand of the day to conclude the penultimate day of poker showdowns in Amsterdam. German angstgegner [Removed:172] follows close behind with just a three big blind deficit to the chipleader.
Worth a mention are two other Dutchman, both for their own reasons. Jasper Meijer van Putten won the last EPT in Prague before the world's biggest poker tour took a year hiatus before getting reinstated. The experienced Dutch poker player brings a more than decent 59 big blinds to the final table.
The other honorable mention goes out to Alberto Stegeman who starts out with fourteen big blinds and has his work cut out for him. Stegeman is a local celebrity, known for his investigative journalism with his own tv-shows on Dutch TV. Despite poker not being his bread and butter, Stegeman is absolutely no stranger to poker. In fact, the game of poker has been a longtime passion of the amicable Stegeman who's cemented himself a place in the Dutch poker scene already, having played numerous national and international poker tournaments.
MCOP Main Event Final Table Line Up
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|9||Jasper Meijer van Putten||Netherlands||1,170,000||59|
Day 3 of Amsterdam's most famous tournament got underway with 36 hopeful souls looking for a spot at that final table and a shot at the €240,183 first-place prize that accompanies coming in first.
Before the dinner break, many recognizable faces had hit the rail already. Former champions Noah Boeken (33rd, €7,800) and Hakim Zoufri (31st, €9,547) were joined on the rail by such famous players as Steve O'Dwyer (27th, €9,547), Giuliano Bendinelli (20th, €11,642), and Goran Mandic (16th, €13,971).
Local heroes Stefan Wolzak (34th, €7,800), Michiel Brummelhuis (30th, €9,547), and Joris Ruijs (23rd, €11,642) had already claimed their payout by that time.
The chip lead shifted between Jasper Meijer van Putten and [Removed:172] for some time, before eventually Teun Mulder took the honors.
There are 45 minutes remaining in Level 21; 8,000/16,000 with a 16,000-ante. The final day is scheduled to get underway at 3 pm local time. But, as is a tradition in Holland Casino Amsterdam, the actual play is going to be preluded by a welcome ceremony that includes every player making their entrance to their hand-picked song. You can follow along with the final table and all other MCOP Live Updates, right here on PokerNews.com.