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Niels van Leeuwen Wins First World Poker Tour Event in the Netherlands

Niels van Leeuwen Wins First World Poker Tour Event in the Netherlands

The World Poker Tour has travelled the world with their huge setup and prize pools, since it began running on TV back in the start of the 00's. Still, there were plenty of poker happy countries who never had the chance to have the WPT circus come into town, but that was changed with the Birth of World Poker Tour National.


World Poker Tour National is a smaller event than the “real” WPT events, having the goal to give local players a chance to compete and try the WPT experience for a smaller amount in buy-in. This year it was time for the Netherlands to have their first ever WPT event, the World Poker Tour National Valkenburg.


A total of 402 players paid the €550 buy-in to compete for the first prize of €40,000 or to get their share of the €194,970 prize pool. The third day was the final day, where the winner of the first WPT in the Netherlands would be found and a total of 16 players started out the day with hopes of doing just that.


After many hours of play we were down to the last two players, Niels van Leeuwen and Pim van Wieringenl. The two players battled against each other heads-up for a long time, but eventually van Leeuwen took home the title of being the first WPT winner in the Netherlands, when his 55 held against A7. Van Leeuwen not only took home the title, but he also took home €40,000 for his efforts, while van Wieringenl took €28,856 for his second place.


Final table payouts:


  1. Niels van Leeuwen - €40,000

  2. Pim van Wieringenl - €28,856

  3. Marcel Luske - €18,990

  4. Ronald Keijzer - €13,843

  5. Joep van den Bijgaart - €10,236

  6. Thomas Brader - €8,189

  7. Van Tran - €8,824

  8. Danny op t Hof - €5,459

  9. Timo Hendricks - €4,083

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