Sam Greenwood Wins WPT Amsterdam High Roller

Sam Greenwood

Sam Greenwood has won the €6,00 High Roller of the WPT Amsterdam, beating local Clyde Tjauw Foe heads up. Greenwood started the day as the chip leader and beat a stellar field that included such familiar names as Rainer Kempe, Thomas Mühlöcker, and Ryan Riess.

FinishPlayerCountryPrizePrize in US$
1Sam GreenwoodCanada€125.785$154,539
2Clyde Tjauw FoeNetherlands€71.875$88,305
3Will GivensUnited States€44.025$54,089
4Zhong ChenNetherlands€31.445$38,633
5Rainer KempeUnited Kingdom€24.260$29,805
6Thomas MühlöckerAustria€18.870$23,183
7Ryan RiessUnited States€16.170$19,866
8Wim EmoNetherlands€14.375$17,660
9Raoul RefosNetherlands€12.580$15,455

Raoul Refos was the first to go, being the victim of a bad beat to see him get crippled. He got it in good with kings to Will Govens' ace-four suited, only to see his opponent make runner-runner flush. Refos was left with just a single big blind after that hand. While he did double after that, soon it was Givens that took the remained of his chips anyway. Refos lost with ace-four to Givens' king-jack and had to settle for ninth place.

Another Dutchman, and another seasoned veteran of the game like Refos, was next to go. Wim Emo was short and made his move with ace-deuce. Thomas Mühlöcker had ace-queen and hit a queen on the flop to leave Emo drawing thin. After blanks on the turn and river, the tournament was down to seven players with two locals gone from the table.

Former WSOP Main Event champ Ryan Riess followed Emo to the rail soon after. He got it in with jack-ten for top-two against the pocket aces of Greenwood on the turn. Greenwood hit an ace on the river to make trips and send Riess packing in 7th place.

Austrian high stakes pro Thomas Mühlöcker followed Riess out the door. Mühlöcker opened big and saw Greenwood call. With just two big blinds behind, he got it in on king-queen-deuce all diamonds. Greenwood had ace-king with the ace of diamonds, leaving Mühlöcker with just a few outs as he showed ace-jack no diamonds. A six on the turn did nothing, and the three of diamonds made Greenwood's flush; Mühlöcker exited in sixth place.

Another familiar face on the high roller scene, Rainer Kempe, busted in fifth place as he got it in with ace-eight suited against the deuces of Greenwood. A board full of blanks followed, and the tournament was four-handed.

Zhong Chen, a familiar face in the Dutch poker scene, found his Waterloo in a hand against countryman Clyde Tjouw Foe. Down to 4 big blinds, he moved in from the small blind. Tjauw Foe, who had limped the button, called with ten-seven and hit a ten on the turn against Chen's ace-queen suited.

Brittish pro Will Givens had to settle for the Bronze as he busted with ace-five against Greenwood's ace-queen. Givens hit two pair on the flop of five-ace-eight, but the queen on the river saw Greenwood come back from behind and Givens went to the payout desk to collect €44,025 for third.

This left start-of-day chip leader Sam Greenwood heads up against the equally very experienced Clyde Tjauw Foe. Tjoe Foe got rivered twice but made a small comeback to get back to 800,000 in chips against the 2.45 million of Greenwood.

In the end, it wasn't good enough for Tjauw Foe. In a limped pot, both flopped big on seven-seven-three. Tjauw Foe with the nine-seven was well behind the seven-three of Greenwood and would not draw out. The two got it in on the river, and Tjauw Foe soon got the bad news his trips wasn't good enough.

Clyde Tjauw Foe
Runner-up Clyde Tjauw Foe (photo from an earlier event)

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