Jorryt van Hoof heads WSOP Finale

Jorryt van Hoof heads WSOP Finale

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Just three players are left in the running to be crowned 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event after an epic penultimate day at the Rio.

Leading the charge for the $10m first prize after an 11-hour session was Holland's Jorryt van Hoof followed by Sweden's Martin Jacobson and Norway's Felix Stephensen.

Jorryt van Hoof 89,625,000
Martin Jacobson 64,750,000
Felix Stephensen 46,100,000

The blinds are at 500,000/1,000,000 with a 150,000 ante.

The dream is over though for the remainder of the November Nine, the blow cushioned no doubt by some serious amounts of cash.

The first of this year's hopefuls to hit the rail was Mark Newhouse. The American was the first player to make back-to-back November Nines but finished in exactly the same place as last year. His challenge ended when his pocket 10s lost out to William Tonking's queens on a board that was double-paired with jacks and fours.

The backing of a host of high profile footballers including Neymar and Kaka couldn't get Bruno Politano any further the eighth. The Brazilian started the finale as the short stack and his ladder up earned him an extra $217k. He could go no further after losing a flip to Felix Stephensen whose sevens held against the Brazilian's Q-10.

There was to be no home win at the Rio with Las Vegas native Dan Sindelar departing in seventh at the hands of Jorryt van Hoof. The Dutchman's pocket jacks faded an overcard and a flush draw to send Sindelar to the cage as the tournament's first million dollar winner.

The youngest player at the final table, Andoni Larrabe was eliminated in sixth. The 22-year-old Spaniard lost a chunk of change after running KQ into Billy Pappas' pocket kings. He lost the rest of his stack to van Hoof, when his Jc10c couldn't outrun the Dutchman's Kh5h. A score of $1,622,471 should offer some consolation to the Spaniard.

Table football World Champion Billy Pappas' hopes of adding a poker crown to his collection faltered in fifth. The part-time cardroom dealer lost a big flip to Martin Jacobson and with less than an ante left departed one hand later, over $2.1m to the good.

Will Tonking started the final table seventh of nine and managed to work his way up to fourth before busting out. Jacobson was again the man to cause the damage. In a pair versus pair showdown, the Swede had the better of it holding 10s against Tonking's deuces. The board offered straight and flush possibilites but they all missed to send the last American standing to the rail in forth with $2,848,833.

1st - - $10,000,000
2nd - - $5,147,911
3rd - - $3,807,753
4th – Will Tonking $2,849,763
5th - Billy Pappaconstantinou - $2,143,794
6th - Andoni Larrabe - $1,622,471
7th - Dan Sindelar - $1,236,084
8th - Bruno Politano - $947,172
9th - Mark Newhouse - $730,725

Tags: 2014 WSOP Main Event, WSOP, World Series of Poker, Jorryt van Hoof, Felix Stephensen, Martin Jacobson