Jussi Nevanlinna Triumphs At 2015 Master Classics of PokerNovember 23, 2015 10:24 am
The €4,250 Master Classics of Poker Main Event attracted 291 players to the Holland Casino in Amsterdam to create a prize pool worth €1,154,193. Four days later, and it was Jussi Nevanlinna who triumphed over the field to capture the title, and walk away with the tournament’s €300,000 first-place prize. With his latest victory, the Finnish pro now boosts his career earnings to $1,708,790 since his first live cash back in 2007.
The Master Classics of Poker saw some of the game’s best poker players turn up for the main event, and amongst the notable names cashing in at one of the 36 money spots was Martin Finger in 34th (€5,762), Anton Wigg in 30th (€8,067), Ruben Visser in 23rd (€8,067), Steve O’Dwyer in 22nd (€8,067), and Michiel Brummelhuis in 13th (€14,981).
After the final table had been reached, Nevanlinna (K-K) eliminated Kilian Kramer (A-Q) in 9th (€23,047), before being dealt A-J and doing likewise to Johnny Hansen (A-8) in 8th for €34,571. Jussi Nevanlinna (A-A) followed up by sending Joep van den Bijgaart (6-6) to the rail in 7th (€46,095), and soon after the Finnish pro (A-8) eliminated 2015 WSOPE bracelet winner Makarios Avramidis (A-2) from the competition in 6th for €57,618.
Continuing his assault at the final table, Jussi Nevanlinna took care of Clyde Tjauw Foe in 5th (€70,294), and when just three players remained, Nevanlinna (A-6) sent Donald Rae (K-K) to the rail in 3rd (€102,560) to usher in heads-up play against Greece’s Georgios Zisimopoulos for the title.
The final battle which ensued was brief, though, and six hands later the deciding hand was played with Zisimopoulos all-in preflop holding A-J, but up against the A-Q of Nevanlinna. The Q-2-3-9-3 board subsequently sealed the deal, and so Zisimopoulos had to be satisfied with a runner-up finish worth €178,616, while Jussi Nevanlinna was crowned the champion.
Final Table Results:
1 Jussi Nevanlinna €300,000
2 Georgios Zisimopoulos €178,616
3 Donald Rae €102,560
4 Kees van Brugge €81,818
5 Clyde Tjauw Foe €70,294
6 Makarios Avramidis €57,618
7 Joep van den Bijgaart €46,095
8 Johnny Hansen €34,571
9 Kilian Kramer €23,047