Farid Yachou Wins First-Ever WPT Amsterdam
The first-ever World Poker Tour (WPT) Amsterdam came to an end on Saturday with the final table of the Main Event. Every one of the final six players was guaranteed €41,260, but they were all playing for the top prize of €215,000, along with the coveted place in the WPT Champions Club.
Coming into the day, Steve Warburton was number one in chips while American Jason Wheeler was the small stack.
|3||Kees van Brugge||1,270,000||42|
|4||Joep van den Bijgaart||1,650,000||55|
As the shortest stack, it was no surprise to see Wheeler exit early in sixth place. Wheeler got his money in with a check-raise against the second-smallest stack, Farid Yachou, on a board of . When the hands were revealed, Wheeler's was way behind Yachou's set of threes. The river was no help, and Wheeler finished in sixth for €41,260. The pot gave Yachou 2,700,000 chips, just behind chip leader Warburton.
Joep van den Bijgaart was the next player to exit when he got into a coin flip against Steve Warburton. The coin tilted Warburton's way on the river when he spiked a to hit his overcards against Van den Bijgaart's pair of tens. Van den Bijgaart won €51,000 for fifth place. Day 1a chip leader, and second stack coming into the final table, Fredrik Andersson, ended his run in fourth place. His couldn't hold up against van Brugge's , sending Andersson to the cage for €68,000.
Three-handed play went on for over three hours before Kees van Brugge was eliminated in third place. He collected €90,000, setting up the heads-up battle between Warburton and Yachou. As the second-smallest stack coming into the final table, Yachou was an unlikely opponent for Warburton, and Warburton started heads-up play with a 600,000 chip advantage over Yachou.
It didn't take long for Yachou to tie it up, and then take the chip lead. Warburton would retake the lead one more time before the end of the night, but ultimately the title belonged to the home-country hero. Yachou would retake the lead, and never relinquish it again, forcing Warburton to accept the second-place prize of €150,000. Yachou earns a coveted spot in the WPT Champions Club for his win, along with €215,000. The full final-table standings are below.
|3||Kees van Brugge||NL||€90,000|
|5||Joep van den Bijgaart||NL||€51,000|
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