Claas Segebrecht Wins Master Classics of Poker Amsterdam for €235,08710 months ago
A final table that featured players from nine different countries gave the Master Classics of Poker €4,300 buy-in Main Event an international flavor, with German high roller Claas Segebrecht rising to the top of the field to win €235,087 ($276,804).
Segebrecht KO'd five of his fellow final tablists, the last of whom was Belgium's Bart Lybaert, who had to settle for runner-up prize money of €157,553 ($185,511). It was Lybaert's second cash of the series hosted by Holland Casino in Amsterdam, following a 12th place finish in the €3,250 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller.
Segebrecht's victory added to his exceptional November that included a 3rd place finish in the €25,000 High Roller at the WSOPE in Rozvadov that resulted in a €321,863 ($374,682) payday. Those two scores this month account for more than 1/3 of the German's career earnings total of $1,774,362, per the Hendon Mob database.
The final tablists began the day with announced entrances while accompanied by showgirls as their chosen songs blared throughout the casino. Their eventual exits one-by-one were not nearly as glamorous, save for the winner whose time to shine was befitting of a champion that navigated a field of 235 to claim victory.
Poker Hall of Famer John Juanda was among the players who hit the rail, grabbing 5th place prize money when his short-stacked shove with suited Q-7 was beaten by Q-8. Next to fall was Igor Yaroshevskyy, who put his tournament life on the line with A-Q, only to find that Segebrecht called his all-in with big slick, ending the Ukrainian's run in 4th place.
Three-handed action saw Segebrecht holding a huge chip advantage over Lybaert and Kai Lehto from Finland. The latter hoped to double up with ace-rag, but found no help from a board that paired Segebrecht with tens on the turn.
Just a few hands later, the pride of Belgium made his move by betting with A-10 and had a decision to make when Segebrecht promptly three-bet while holding pocket nines. Lybaert shoved his remaining chips and watched helplessly as the German caught another nine on the flop for a set and the championship.
Master Classics of Poker Amsterdam Main Event - Final Table Results
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