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Who Will Become The First Ever World Series of Poker International Circuit Winner in The Netherlands?

Govert Metaal

273 entries were made, only 9 players are remaining after three long days of playing. The first ever WSOP International Circuit in The Netherlands, hosted by the popular Holland Casino Rotterdam, has attracted both local players and those from afar to contest for the first ever WSOP Circuit rings handed out on Dutch soil.

The biggest prize of them all awaits tonight, as €94,349 is up for grabs for the one player who outlasts them all. Although five out of nine finalists represent the home nation, it is Switzerland's Ben Bensimhon who will start as the chipleader with 1,692,000. Bensimhon's biggest cash to date is €19,560, and a fifth place or better today will deliver him a new career-high. Bensimhon is followed by Jakob Miegel from Germany (964,000) and Dutchman Dwayne Sluis (881,000).

Two players who are accustomed to playing for these amounts are Bart Lybaert (804,000) and Govert Metaal (457,000). Lybaert is fresh off a massive cash in Barcelona, where he banked €368,473 for a 3rd place in the €1,100 PokerStars National Championship. Metaal cashed both the Main Event and €10,000 High Roller in Barcelona and is closing in on $2,5 million in lifetime winnings. Metaal needs a victory here to pass that milestone today. Rounding out the final table are Micha Hoedemaker (868,000), Teun Mulder (747,000), Lawrence Bayley (254,000), and Paul Gresel (197,000)

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 before the start of the day. Don't miss any of the excitement and follow PokerNews to see who will bear the coveted WSOP Circuit ring at the end of the night.