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   Friday, March 01 2024 
Niels van Leeuwen won the first WPT National Valkenburg event - The Netherlands

From October 1st to 5, Holland Casino in Valkenburg, the Netherlands, hosted a national circuit of the World Poker Tour (WPT). This is the first time that the tour makes a stop in the Netherlands. The result did match what the organizers hoped for. Indeed, the € 550 Main Event seduced 402 participants. After five days of battle in the poker room of Holland Casino, the WPT National Valkenburg had its curtains fallen by the victory of Niels van Leeuwen. This is actually a great win for Leeuwen as he topped a massive field that included the top-ranked poker player in the Netherlands, Marcel Luske, and many other notable Netherlands-based poker pros.

Of the 402 entries on Day 1, only 17 players reached the third and final day flight of the event. Seven of them hit the rail after only two levels of play: Jeroen Minnekeer, Bas van Marwijk, Jeno Marton, Stieven Razab-Sekh, Peter Gutker and Sandro Pitzanti. The final table was set after the elimination of Rolf Weisshaupt and Zeus Post. Timo Hendricks was the first to head for the door. He cashed € 4,083 of prize though. He was then joined by Danny op t Hof (8th, € 5,459), Van Tran (7th, € 6,824), Thomas Brader (6th, € 8,189), Joep van den Bijgaart (5th, € 10,236) and Ronald Keijzer (4th, € 13,843). Marcel Luske entered the final table as a short stack and reached a reasonably comfortable third place for € 18,990. With a considerable chip lead over his opponent, Niels van Leeuwen eventually won the poker tournament for € 40,000 while second-placed Pim van Wieringenl consoled himself with a payout worth € 28,856.

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