After 11 hours of intense battles, the €4,300 Main Event of the Master Classics of Poker finally ended with the 23-year-old Kevin Paqué taking it down at Holland Casino, Amsterdam. The Dutch player emerged victorious from a 346-strong field to take home a hefty €260,878 ($287,146). This win was his biggest ever live cash according to The Hendon Mob as his previous record was €35,386, which he scored for his runner-up finish in the 2018 WSOP International Circuit High Roller event.
Post his major victory in the marquee event, Paqué said, “It’s delightful.This is what every Dutch poker player dreams of. I don’t have the words for it yet, I am so happy. I didn’t realize it at first, the river was dealt, it was quiet for a second and then the rail went crazy. I then grasped that I had won.”
Paqué started the final day second in chips but took over the chip lead in the very first hand when he clashed against Pascal Vos. From there, he kept the pressure on his opponents and went on to outlast everyone from the final table. The first elimination came in Ole Schemion and then it was Shyngis Satubayev who busted in 8th place by none other than the eventual champion Paqué.
The next eliminations came in Johan Rensink (7th), Jan Bednar (6th), Frederico Silva (5th) to bring it down to 4-haned. Up next, Pascal Vosto’s aces ran into Tsokaridis’s made straight on the river and Vosto was eliminated in 4th place. Steve O’Dwyer then eliminated the Greek player Tsokaridis in 3rdplace. O’Dwyer’s king-ten managed to beat pocket sixes of Tsokaridis, and play came down to the heads-up where Paqué dominated and managed to win the title for a hefty €260,878 in top prize.
Final Table Payouts
|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|