Master Classics of Poker Amsterdam: De Jonge Leads, Ruijs Close Behind –

November 24, 2018Milko van Winden

Day 1A of the €4,300 Main Event at the Master Classics of Poker in Holland Casino Amsterdam is in the books. For the first time in the 27 years of existence, they played the tournament with a big blind ante.

The first of two starting flights attracted a total of 75 entries. Just 31 players managed to bag chips at the end of the day. The next starting flight, Day 1B, will be on Tuesday, November 27.

Sebastiaan de Jonge stands at the top of the leaderboard after nine 60-minute levels. De Jonge managed to end up with 176,400 in his bag after they all started with 30,000. He’s closely followed by Joris Ruijs (159,300) (lead photo) and Firoz Mangroe (158,700).

Master Classics of Poker Top 5 Chip Counts After Day 1A Position Player Country Chip Count 1 Sebastiaan de Jonge Netherlands 176,400 2 Joris Ruijs Netherlands 159,300 3 Firoz Mangroe Netherlands 158,700 4 Max Lehmanski Germany 152,500 5 Alberto Stegeman Netherlands 115,200

Other notable players that managed to find a bag are Max Lehmanski (152,500), Tobias Peters (99,900), defending champion Claas Segebrecht (94,500), Ioannis Angelou Konstas (82,500), Juha Helppi (48,900), 2012 MCOP Main Event winner Ole Schemion (28,500), and Steven van Zadelhoff (28,000).

Per Munksgaard also managed to find a bag at the end of the day. Munksgaard probably saw one of the sickest flops in his life when he was playing queen-jack of clubs. The flop came down ace-king-ten, all clubs, as he flopped a royal flush. He managed to get all the chips of Bill Asafiati who was playing ace-ten. Munksgaard ended the day with 78,600; just above the average stack of 72,581.

Ole Schemion

Dutch TV host Alberto Stegeman is also still in the running. Stegeman ended the

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