Kevin Paqué Wins Master Class Of Poker Main Event For €260,878

Young Dutchman Kevin Paqué quadrupled his tournament earnings by taking down the Master Classics of Poker (MCOP) Main Event in Amsterdam, a €260,878 ($287,412) scoop that saw him defeat Steve O Dwyer heads-up for the title.

By: Andrew Burnett

The 346 entries to the €4,300 buy-in series finale had produced a prizepool of €1,370,155, the final table of nine including German poker legend Ole Schemion and Jan Bednar, one of the Czech Republic’s most-travelled tournament players.

Schemion’s deep run was ended quickly, first to bust as his kings were cracked, his hopes of being the first player to land a second MCOP Main Event title dashed by Pascal Vos.

The top three spots would be looking at six-figure payouts, Vos just missing out on one of those when he exited in 4th, his ‘slow-played aces’ running afoul of a rivered straight for Greek player Paraskevas Tsokaridis.

The Greek player, who appears under a couple of different spellings in the database, walked off with a healthy €124,548 payout after losing a race to O’Dwyer, leaving the Dublin-born US pro to battle Paqué for the trophy.

Heads-up was a long, drawn-out affair, but the win would eventually go to the young Netherlands player, a rivered flush deciding things in his favour.

Final results:

1 Kevin Paqué €260,878
2 Steve O’Dwyer €174,421
3 Paraskevas Tsokaridis €124,548
4 Pascal Vos €95,911
5 Frederico Silva €73,441
6 Jan Bednar €56,177
7 Johan Rensink €43,023
8 Shyngis Satubayev €33,021
9 Ole Schemion €25,485



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