Oct 15, 2017
Ioannis Konstas went from eliminating the first three players of the final day to taking down the entire tournament to cap a successful WPTDeepStacks Netherlands Festival for the Greek player.
Following his fifth place in the WPTDS High Roller earlier this week, Konstas came into the final table with the chip lead, and after a heads-up tussle with home favourite Tobias Peters, he took down the tournament, the trophy and €56,805 in prize money shortly before 1am local time.
|Position||Name||Payout (EUR)||Payout (USD)|
|1||Ioannis Konstas||€ 56,806||$ 67,031|
|2||Tobias Pieters||€ 39,895||$ 47,076|
|3||Bart Lybaert||€ 25,639||$ 30,254|
|4||Walter van Dalen||€ 18,975||$ 22,391|
|5||Joris Ruijs||€ 14,244||$ 16,808|
|6||Rens van der Venne||€ 11,395||$ 13,446|
|7||Jonas Wohlgemuth||€ 9,463||$ 11,166|
|8||Zhong Chen||€ 7,580||$ 8,944|
|9||Bernard Elfvering||€ 5,673||$ 6,694|
The field started just three eliminations off of the final table, with eventual winner Konstas eliminating Paul van Oort, Martin van Beek and Maribel Galiano in quick succession to come into the final table with the chip lead.
The first elimination of the final table came when Bernard Elfvering ran top pair into the set of Jonas Wohlgemuth, but after that the remaining eight players settled into a rhythm of double ups, including Rens van der Venne, Zhong Chen and Walter van Dalen.
At this point Konstas had fallen back, with Peters using his experience (he is 15th on the Dutch all-time money list) to push the remaining players around and move to the top of the chip counts.
Zhong Chen moved all in pre-flop with Ace-high against the suited cards of Bart Lybaert, only for Lybaert to turn a flush and send Chen to the rail. He was followed by Jonas Wohlgemuth whose pocket fours were cracked by the Ace-Queen of Peters to extend his chip lead.
A trickle of bustouts turned into flurry as Rens van der Venne’s pocket nines were cracked by the King-Queen of Konstas, who then managed to squeeze in another bustout before the dinner break, with Joris Ruijs’s pocket tens by the Greek player’s tens.
That meant Konstas went into the dinner break holding a slender lead four-handed over Tobias Peters, with Walter van Dalen and Bart Lybaert further back.
Lybaert doubled up in the very first hand after the dinner break, with the chip lead moving back and forth between Konstas and Peters nearly every hand.
Walter van Dalen headed to the rail in fourth on a King-Queen-Nine board when his Aces came up against the King-Queen of Konstas. Another double-up followed for Lybaert who made a good job of sticking around to secure third place in the Main Event before finally departing at the hands of Konstas.
Konstas had Peters out-chipped heads-up, but Peters managed to double up Ace-Jack vs Ace-Ten to get back into the contest. However, several key pots changed the dynamic of the heads-up match, with Konstas managing to take down a 1.5m pot without showdown after Peters mucked.
Peters managed gamely to hold on, but after Konstas’s trip Jacks handed him a commanding chip lead shortly before 1am, he didn’t let go and managed to see out the tournament at the second all-in of the heads-up match to take down the tournament, along with the tournament, prize money and Player of the Series contest following his High Roller final table earlier in the week.