The Netherlands, in addition to being an excellent breeding ground for football players, has also lent some of its favorite sons to the game of poker. Such players as Noah Boeken, Rob Hollink, and the legendary Marcel Luske have plied their trade on the global tournament circuit for years, carrying the flag of the Netherlands. A player that may soon join them in that pursuit is a young newcomer by the name of Oscar Kemps, who made a deep run in the 2014 WSOP Main Event. He finished in 14th place for $441,000.
Coming into Day Six of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event with 2.435 million in chips (good for 36th place), Kemps had quietly been making a name for himself on the European circuit. Earning his first cash in a European Poker Tour side event in Barcelona, Spain, Kemps had also cashed in Belgium, the Bahamas, and his home country since 2009. His total lifetime earnings had already been dwarfed by whatever he would ultimately earn from his trip to the 2014 WSOP.
Kemps had performed quite well at his first WSOP in 2014, coming out of the massive Day 1C Main Event field with a decent 107,550-chip stack. By Day 3, Kemps had improved his standing to be in 60th place with a tidy 565,000 in chips, but he fell back on Day 4, finishing the day with only 215,000. Day 5 would be Kemps’ finest hour, as he multiplied his stack over tenfold to head into Day 6 with almost 2.5 million in chips.
Kemps has become the second player in as many years from the Netherlands to make the WSOP Main Event final table. Last year Dutch poker player Michiel Brummelhuis took 7th place in the WSOP Main Event for over $1.2 million.