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The Stage is Set; Bensimhon Leads Final 9 At Inaugural €1,650 WSOPC International Main Event Rotterdam

KaleGozer • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Ben Bensimhon
Ben Bensimhon

On Day 3 of the €1,650 World Series of Poker International Circuit Main Event in Holland Casino Rotterdam, it took slightly less than six levels of 60 minutes each to whittle a field of 35 players down to the final nine. Ben Bensimhon, of Swiss origin, will be the chipleader at the final table with 1,692,000 in chips. Belgian star Bart Lybaert and Dutch high roller Govert Metaal also made the final table. Fatima Moreira de Melo held the dubious honor of bubbling the Main Event.

Each of the final nine players has already locked up €8,657 for reaching the final table. However, the lion's share of the €393,120 prize pool is still up for grabs, with a dazzling €94,349 and a coveted WSOP Circuit ring awaiting the conqueror of the inaugural WSOPC Main Event in Holland Casino Rotterdam.

The day started off with 35 out of 273 players. 30 of them would finish in the money, which would leave five poor souls empty-handed. After four bust-outs, including Tobias Peters, it was none other than Olympic Gold medalist Fatima Moreira de Melo who became the eventual bubble girl. Holding ace-queen of spades, De Melo shoved over an open raise from Lawrence Bayley, who called with pocket eights. Despite flopping a flush draw to go with the over cards, De Melo didn't get there and missed out on the money.

Once in the money, Jer El Salsero, Pim Kuipers and Marlon Vasilda were among those to bust quickly. Kees van Brugge, one of Holland's hottest up and coming players, finished in 22nd place after shoving pocket sixes into pocket tens. Niko Mykkanen, who finished 4th in the €3,500 High Roller earlier this week, finished in 19th place after losing ace-queen against Micha Hoedemaker's ace-king.

Austrian tournament specialist Robert Auer saw a deep run end in 17th place when he went all in with king-ten. Govert Metaal looked him up with pocket kings and Auer couldn't escape. Another MTT-notable, James Gilbert, got eliminated shortly after. Gilbert, with Metaal and Lybaert among the most accomplished players left in the field, was short stacked for most of the day and played his final hand when he shoved ace-jack into Bart Lybaert's pocket kings.

Raoul Refos, Wim Emo, Wladimir Stepanian, and Frits Heckler all just missed out on a WSOPC Main Event final table. During the last level of the day, a couple of brutal hands in a row set the stage for the final nine. Egi Adriaans was on the receiving end of a nasty beat. After losing a coin flip against Hoedemaker first, it was his nemesis who eliminated him shortly after as well. With pocket kings, Adriaans was all in against Hoedemaker's ace-queen but a queen on both the flop and the river send the Belgian to the rail in 11th place (€7,009).

Eric Sfez finished in 10th place and became the final table bubble boy. After losing to a brutal one-outer against Teun Mulder earlier, Sfez got his last chips in with pocket eights against Lybaert's pocket aces. Sfez couldn't improve and took home €7,009 for his tenth place finish.

With that, the final nine are known. Leading the field is Ben Bensimhon, draped in a pink bunny hood, who won a big pot against Bart Lybaert to claim the end of day chip lead. In a four-bet pot, Bensimhon check-called pocket nines on a trey-trey-eight-king board. The six on the river was checked by both players and Bensimhon's pair was good.

Other notables at the final table are the aforementioned Lybaert, who cashed no less that 10 times at the 2016 World Series of Poker. Lybaert is fresh off a 3rd place in the €1,100 PokerStars National Championship Barcelona, where he collected an astonishing €368,473. Govert Metaal also made his way to the final table. The Dutch high roller played a quiet day and slowly moved himself up the pack. Metaal will start as one of the short stacks and has his work cut out for him.

The final table will start on Saturday at 2 p.m. local time, with 1 minute and 24 seconds left in the 8,000/16,000 ante 2,000 level. After that, blinds will be 10,000/20,000 with an ante of 3,000 and levels will be 60 minutes. Seating for the final table hasn't been announced at this time; the seat draw for the final table will be held tomorrow before the start of the day. PokerNews will be on hand to provide live coverage of the first ever WSOP International Circuit Main Event final table in The Netherlands until the winner is crowned.

Tags: Bart LybaertBen BensimhonEgi AdriaansEric SfezFatima Moreira De MeloFrits HecklerGovert MetaalJer El SalseroKees van BruggeLawrence BayleyMarlon VasildaMicha HoedemakerNiko MykkanenPim KuipersRaoul RefosRobert AuerTeun MulderTobias PetersWim EmoWladimir Stepanian

Day 3 Concluded

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

With the final table set, Day 3 has concluded. The final table will commence on Saturday, September 2nd, at 2 p.m. local time. All chip counts and a recap will follow.

Eric Sfez Eliminated in 10th Place (€7,009)

KaleGozer • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Eric Sfez
Eric Sfez

Eric Sfez open-shoved 272,000 on the button. Ben Bensihmon thought for a while before folding in the small blind. Bart Lybaert, however, had a far easier decision and snap-called in the big blind.

Eric Sfez: {8-Clubs}{8-Spades}
Bart Lybaert: {A-Hearts}{A-Spades}

Sfez needed help or he would become the final table bubble. Help didn't arrive on a {5-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} board, making the Day 1a chipleader the 10th place finisher. Sfez received €7,009 as a consolation prize.

Bart Lybaert be
Bart Lybaert
be 804,000 195,000
Eric Sfez fr
Eric Sfez
fr Busted

Tags: Bart LybaertEric Sfez

Hand-For-Hand

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

With ten players left, play is now hand-for-hand until the final table of 9 has been reached.

Egi Adriaans Eliminated in 11th Place (€7,009)

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

After losing the coin flip against Micha Hoedemaker, Egi Adriaans and his nemesis once again clashed. This time, it was Hoedemaker who opened to 32,000 from the cutoff. Adriaans shoved 207.000 from the small blind and Hoedemaker called directly.

Egi Adriaans: {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}
Micha Hoedemaker: {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades}

The {Q-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{J-Clubs} on the flop kept Adriaans in the lead, as did the {6-Diamonds} on the turn. However, his hopes and dreams of becoming the first ever WSOP Circuit Main Event champion in The Netherlands came crashing down as the {Q-Clubs} landed on the river.

After the initial shock, Adriaans quickly regained his composure and shook hands with his tablemates before heading to the payout desk. The Belgian collected €7,009 for his 11th place finish.

Micha Hoedemaker nl
Micha Hoedemaker
nl 893,000 193,000
Egi Adriaans nl
Egi Adriaans
nl Busted

Tags: Egi AdriaansMicha Hoedemaker

Hoedemaker Doubles Through Adriaans

KaleGozer • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Micha Hoedemaker
Micha Hoedemaker

Egi Adriaans raised to 38,000 from under the gun, Micha Hoedemaker shoved 343,000 from the small blind, and Adriaans called.

Egi Adriaans: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}
Micha Hoedemaker: {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}

Hoedemaker was racing for his tournament life and remained best on a {J-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{3-Spades}{9-Clubs} board. Adriaans was left with 12 big blinds.

Micha Hoedemaker nl
Micha Hoedemaker
nl 700,000 351,000
Egi Adriaans nl
Egi Adriaans
nl 193,000 -491,000

Tags: Egi AdriaansMicha Hoedemaker

Mulder One-Outers River To Survive

KaleGozer • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Teun Mulder
Teun Mulder

Govert Metaal opened the action with a raise to 32,000 in middle position. Teun Mulder shoved 346,000 in late position, Eric Sfez reshoved 476,000 from the blinds, and Metaal open-folded {A-}{Q-}.

Teun Mulder: {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades}
Eric Sfez: {K-Clubs}{K-Spades}

Jakob Miegel spoke up and claimed to have folded {A-}{J-}, leaving just one ace in the deck. Slowly, the dealer dealt the {4-Spades}{J-Hearts}{9-Hearts} flop and {5-Spades} turn.

Sfez and his best friend at the rail tensely stared at the felt as the dealer burned and turned the case {A-Hearts} on the river. A loud "non" reverberated through the casino, and Sfez watched in agony as the majority of his stack got shipped over to Mulder.

Teun Mulder nl
Teun Mulder
nl 750,000 392,000
Eric Sfez fr
Eric Sfez
fr 130,000 -36,000

Tags: Eric SfezTeun Mulder

Bensimhon Takes Chip Lead In Four-Bet Pot

KaleGozer • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Ben Bensimhon
Ben Bensimhon

Ben Bensimhon raised to 32,000 from the cutoff, Bart Lybaert three-bet to 85,000 on the button, Bensimhon four-bet to 220,000, and Lybaert called. On the {3-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{8-Spades} flop, Bensimhon continued with 120,000, and Lybaert called.

The turn was the {K-Spades} and Bensimhon checked. Lybaert cut out a bet of 190,000 and Bensimhon called, creating a pot of over 700,000 already.

The river was the {6-Hearts} and Bensimhon checked. Lybaert gave it a brief thought before checking behind.

Bensimhon showed {9-Spades}{9-Hearts} for nines and treys, and Lybaert mucked his hand.

Ben Bensimhon CH
Ben Bensimhon
CH 1,600,000 600,000
Bart Lybaert be
Bart Lybaert
be 609,000 -491,000

Tags: Bart LybaertBen Bensimhon