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[caption width="640"] Andjelko Andrejevic captured his first WPT title Saturday in Amsterdam[/caption] Saturday afternoon in Amsterdam, Anthony Zinno found himself within spitting distance of making World Poker Tour /B] history. Zinno entered the final table of WPT Amsterdam with the third biggest stack and a chance at becoming the first player to win four WPT titles. Serbia’s Andjelko Andrejevic had other ideas though. Andrejevic defeated Tomas Fara after a three-hour heads-up battle to win the event and the $228,000 that came with the title while Zinno had to settle for third. Just seven hands Zinno got even closer, sending one of the short stacks home. Zinno opened to 125,000 from the button and Hans Bosman moved all in from the big blind. Zinno called to find himself racing with [poker card="th"][poker card="ts"] against Bosman’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. The board ran out [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5s"] to eliminate Bosman and move Zinno closer to the chip lead. Just fifteen minutes later another player hit the rail. Andrejevic raised to 125,000 from the button before Senh Man Ung moved all in from the button and Andrejevic called. Ung was ahead with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"] against Andrejevic’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7s"] flop put Andrejevic ahead and neither the [poker card="qd"] turn or [poker card="qc"] river changed anything and Ung was out in fifth place. After nursing his short stack for over an hour, Emrah Cakmak finally had to make a stand - but it didn’t end well. Action folded around to Cakmak on the button and moved all in and Fara called from the big blind. Cakmak showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="6c"] but got bad news when Fara tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3s"] flop brought no help for Cakmak and after the [poker card="8d"] turn and [poker card="3s"] river, he was eliminated in fourth. That hand left two players between Zinno and history but that’s as close as the former WPT Player of the Year would get. While Andrejevic was adding to his stack, Zinno saw his moving in the opposite direction. After 90 minutes of three-handed play Zinno was left with just over 20 big blinds. Andrejevic opened to 225,000 from the button before Zinno moved all in for 1,785,000. Fara move all in over the top. Andrejevic folded and Zinno got the bad news as he tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="2h"] before Fara showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="4h"][poker card="7s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="th"] run out didn’t help Zinno and his run ended in third place. Heads-up play began with Andrejevic holding 5,150,000 of the 9,540,000 chips in play. Fara refused to go quietly though and the two players traded chips - and the chip lead - over the course of three hours before Andrejevic emerged victorious. Andrejevic moved all in from the small blind for 6,800,000 and Fara called, with his tournament life at stake. Andrejevic turned over [poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"] while Fara showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6d"] flop put Andrejevic ahead and neither the [poker card="5s"] turn or [poker card="8s"] river put Fara back ahead, giving Andrejevic the first WPT title of his career to go along with his victory in the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Super High Roller win from November. Final Table Payouts Andjelko Andrejevic - $228,000 Tomas Fara - $163,362 Anthony Zinno - $103,124 Emrah Cakmak - $76,722 Senh Man Ung - $57,591 Hans Bosman - $46,051
This news might surprise the most casual of poker fans. The World Poker Tour is openly encouraging players to play in an upcoming PokerStars Championship event and PokerStars is encouraging players to make their way to Amsterdam for an upcoming WPT event. You read that right. Two of poker's biggest brands – both top-tier competitors in the live tournament landscape – have teamed up to encourage players to play in each other's tournaments - and they're giving away over €50,000 in prizes in the process. The PokerStars Championship WPT MonteDam Swing, announced Friday, is a first-of-its-kind leaderboard that allows players to collect points for cashing at the upcoming WPT Amsterdam and PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo events. While players might not realize, the companies have worked together before, just not so much in the public eye. “For many years, PokerStars and the World Poker Tour have collaborated behind the scenes to ensure the scheduling of our major events is done in the best interest of the players,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour. “We are proud to take the collaboration a step further with the creation of the PokerStars Championship WPT MonteDam Swing, and we welcome all players to kick off a spectacular three weeks of poker by attending PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo starting April 25.” There a total of four events - two at each stop - that allow players to earn leaderboard points. The top five players at the conclusion of the fourth event win prizes, including buy-ins to upcoming PokerStars Championship and World Poker Tour events including a PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event package valued at €7,500. The four qualifying events are: €1,100 buy-in PokerStars National Championship Monte Carlo (April 26 – 30) €5,300 buy-in PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event (April 29 - May 5) €1,500 buy-in WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam (May 5 – 8) €3,300 buy-in WPT Amsterdam Main Event (May 9 – 13) To be eligible for the leaderboard, players must cash at least once at both locations. “Both PokerStars and the World Poker Tour are committed to growing the game of poker, and the PokerStars Championship WPT MonteDam Swing was developed to benefit players competing at both PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo and WPT Amsterdam,” said Edgar Stuchly, PokerStars Director of Live Events. “This exciting partnership allows players a natural transition from one world-class festival to another, and we encourage our players to head to WPT Amsterdam following their time in Monte Carlo.” Complete list of prizes: 1st place: PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event package (€7,500 value) 2nd place: WPT Main Event* package (€6,000 value) 3rd place: WPTDeepStacks* package (worth €3,000 value) 4th place: PokerStars National Championship Barcelona Buy-in (€1,100) plus a €500 Barcelona hotel voucher 5th place: WPTDeepStacks* Buy-in (€1,500) On top of that, players who play in at least on event at both stops receive a ticket to play in a $30,000 freeroll on PokerStars and players who play in both Main Events receive a $300 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker voucher.
The global expansion of the World Poker Tour and WPTDeepStacks hits Amsterdam next week. From April 13-20, Holland Casino in Amsterdam is the home for two major tournaments from one of poker's largest brands. WPTDS has traveled to Belgium, Portugal, and France in the last 12 months and makes a return trip to Amsterdam. The WPT is in Amsterdam for the second time in Season XVI. In May 2017, Daniel Daniyar won $166,344 for defeating a field of 224 entrants. That event was the second of the season for the main tour. Start of a New Tradition Europe is proving to be a hotbed for the WPT brand in the last 12 months and the combination of the two events into one week is starting to become a tradition. The WPT opened 2018 with a Main Tour and WPTDS event in Germany at the Spielbank Berlin Casino. The two events offer players a chance to win championship packages that can be used on the American side of poker. WPT European Championship winner Ole Schemion earned $255,352 for his win and is now one of at least 16 players who have a $15,000 seat waiting for them at the Tournament of Champions. WPTDS winners in Season V of the tour earn a seat in the season-ending WPTDS Championship in December and all players who cash earn points for WPTDS Player of the Year. Full Week of Poker The action starts on April 13 with the WPTDeepStacks competition. The €1,500 buy-in event carries no guarantee but the field is expected to hit somewhere in the range of 500 entrants. Players can expect the same structure as the one used in North American events. All levels are 40 minutes for the three-day event and entrants start with 25,000 chips. There are two Day 1s for the WPTDS Main Event with the final table wrapping up the four-day tournament on April 16. The WPT Main Tour offers a €3,300 buy-in and opens play on April 16. Two starting flights are available for players with a single re-entry available each flight. Levels are 60-minutes throughout and starting stacks are 30,000. WPT Amsterdam is a four-day event and wraps up on April 20. Familiar Venue Both tournaments take place at the Holland Casino in Amsterdam. The property has hosted the World Poker Tour and WPTDS in previous seasons. The first-ever WPT Amsterdam event in Season XIV coincided with the inaugural WPT Tournament of Champions. Farid Yachou won both events for a combined $621,159. Andjelko Andrevic earned his first career WPT title at WPT Amsterdam in Season XV and collected $228,000 in the process. The two tournaments brought in 318 and 341 entrants, respectively. Midway Point for One Tour and Near the Finish line for Another WPTDS is approximately halfway through their 2018 campaign and WPTDS Amsterdam is the 10th of 17 officially scheduled events. The World Poker Tour has only two stops left after WPT Amsterdam. WPT travels to Las Vegas for the Elite Poker Championship from May 4-6 and then back again for the Bobby Baldwin Classic along with the Tournament of Champions in mid-May. WPT Amsterdam also directly coincides with the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.