Albert Hoekendijk Wins WSOPE  Event #8 €1,111 One For Drop

There are now just two more bracelets to be won at this year’s WSOPE at the Kings Casino Rozvadov after Event #8: €1,111 Little One for One Drop was won earlier this evening by Dutchman Albert Hoekendijk for €170,764.

The event drew 868 players across two starting days, with 143 progressing to day 2, with 131 of those finishing in the money. Some big names who made the money, but who failed to make it through to the third and final day includedAllen Kessler (118th, for €1,660), Roland Israelashvili (112th, for €1,660), Mike Leah (98th, for €1,738),  Marcel Luske (81st, for €2,016), Barny Boatman (77th, for €2,016), Will Kassouf (75th, for €2,016), and Maria Lampropulos (68th, for €2,231).

Only 11 players made it through to day 3 with another Dutch player, Abdelhakim Zoufri, with a healthy chip lead of 4.26m, almost twice that of his nearest rival. At this stage Albert Hoekendijk was down in 7th place. However,Hoekendijk made his intentions clear from the start of day three, knocking out the first three players of the day inStanislav Koleno, Vlado Banicevic, and Przemyslaw Klejnowski, propelling himself to the top of the leaderboard.

Shortly before the first break of the day two more players (Artan Dedusha and Serghei Lisiy) busted in consecutive hands. In the first hand after the break another elimination left the field five-handed. It was Jonas “llJaYJaYll” Lauk, the winner of last year’s WCOOP Main Event who busted in 6th place. With blinds at 30k/60k with a 10k ante, Lauck jammed his last 955k from the big blind after a raise to 140k from Thomas Hofmann on the button. Hoffman made the call and his {2-Spades}{2-Hearts} was racing against Lauck’s {7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}. A board of blanks sent Lauck out to collect his €27,865 prize money.

It was over an hour until the next elimination and this time it was a very short-stacked Oleh Haisiuk who made a move on the button for his last 465k with {A-Diamonds}{5-Spades}. He was called by Johannes Toebbe in the small blind with {7-Spades}{7-Hearts}.  The sevens held (and in fact improved to a set on the turn) and Haisiuk was out in 5th for a €38,046 payday.

Next out was the start of day chip leader Abdelhakim Zoufri who had been on the wrong end of some big pots over the previous hour or so. He eventually lost his final 1.4m after shoving from the button with {A-Spades}{3-Hearts} and this time it was Thomas Hofmann calling from the small blind with a pocket pair, {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}. A third ten on the flop ended Zoufri’s bracelet hopes as he fell in 4th for €52,703.

The early chip leader Abdelhakim Zoufri eventually busted in 4th place to Thomas Hoffman (above)

Shortly after the next break Johannes Toebbe left the party as he pushed his last 13bb in the middle with {A-Spades}{3-Hearts}after a preflop raise from Albert Hoekendijk who made the call with {K-Hearts}{J-Hearts}Toebbe’s hand was only ahead until the first card of the flop as the first three community cards came down {K-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{5-Clubs}. This was enough to sendToebbe to the rail in 3rd place, for which he received €74,055

Heads-up was a fairly protracted affair, lasting a full three hours with Hoffman starting with a 9.61m to 7.76m chip advantage over Hoekendijk. Over the course of the next 134 hands (the entire final table up to this point had lasted just 98 hands) a largely card-dead Hoffman slowly bled his chips away to Hoekendijk, who eventually sealed the deal after Hoffman jammed for 2.6m from the small blind holding {Q-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} and Hoekendijk snap-called with {A-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}. A board of {A-Clubs}{J-Spades}{6-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{A-Spades} sent Hoffman packing in 2nd for €105,532, while Albert Hoekendijk won the Netherlands 5th ever WSOP bracelet and enjoyed a €170,764 payday for coming out on top.

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