Play Poker in Amsterdam at the Master Classics of Poker Nov. 21 – Dec. 1
20 November 2018
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The Master Classics of Poker (MCOP), one of the longest-running tournament series in Europe, returns to Holland Casino Amsterdam from November 21st to December 1st for an eleven-day poker festival. The popular casino, located next to the famous Leidseplein, one of Amsterdam’s hotspots, will host the poker series for the 27th year in a row.

Holland Casino Amsterdam is known for hosting fun and well-organized tournaments, as well as providing quality amenities for their guests. Combined with the vibrant capital of the Netherlands it creates a perfect cocktail for an autumn poker getaway, and it comes to no surprise that big names from all over the world, including Steve O’Dwyer, Bryn Kenney, and John Juanda, are oft-seen players at the MCOP.

2018 Master Classics of Poker Amsterdam Schedule Highlights

Dates Event Buy-in
Nov. 22-23 PLO High Roller €3,250
Nov. 23, Nov. 27-30 NLH Main Event €4,300
Nov. 24-25 NLH Super High Roller €25,500
Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 NLH High Roller €10,300

The flagship event of the series, the €4,300 NLH Main Event, dates all the way back to 1992 when the first Main Event was held as a Seven-Card Stud tournament.

Since 1993, the game of choice changed to No-Limit Hold’em, and the long list of champions includes notables such as Ram Vaswani (1999), Joran Storakers (2003), and Robert Mizrachi (2004). Familiar faces etched themselves in MCOP history in recent years by winning the coveted tournament, including Ole Schemion (2012), Noah Boeken (2013), Ruben Visser (2014), Jussi Nevanlinna (2015), and Hakim Zoufri (2016).

The Main Event features two starting days and will play out over the course of five days total. The first starting day is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 23, while Day 1B commences on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The field will then join together on Wednesday, Nov. 28 and play until the winner is crowned on Friday, Nov. 30.

Defending Main Event champion is German high roller Claas Segebrecht, who defeated the red-hot Bart Lybaert heads-up to claim the first place prize of €235,087 and a special trophy plate. Igor Yaroshevskyy and John Juanda also made the final table in 2017.

2018 MCOP Schedule Features Two High Rollers, Four PLO Tourneys

The eleven-day festival kicks off on Wednesday, Nov. 21 with the ever-popular two-day €550 Single Re-Entry.

The first of two High Rollers, the two-day €25,500 Super High Roller, will begin on Saturday, Nov. 24, and unlimited re-entries are allowed up until the start of Day 2.

The €10,300 High Roller will be a three-day affair and cards will go in the air on Thursday, Nov. 29. Last year, the 10K HR was a prey for Joris Ruijs who won €206,242 after defeating Ole Schemion heads-up and denying the German his second victory in Amsterdam. Markus Durnegger, Ivan Luca, and Martin Kabrhel also made the final table.

The MCOP always boasts plenty of enthralling Pot-Limit Omaha action during the week, and to round out the schedule no fewer than four PLO tourneys are hosted to give aficionados of the Great Game even more reason to travel to the Dutch capital. The biggest one, a two-day €3,250 PLO High Roller, will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

PokerNews will be on the floor in Amsterdam to cover all the action in the Main Event, as well as the €25,500 High Roller. For more information and to register for the events, visit the Holland Casino Master Classics of Poker website.

2018 Master Classics of Poker Amsterdam Schedule

Date Time Event Buy-in
Wed 21 Nov 2:00 p.m. NLH Single Re-Entry Day 1 €550
7:00 p.m. Satellite Main Event Day 1A Single Re-Entry €330
9:00 p.m. NLH Hyper Turbo Freeze-Out €2,100
Thu 22 Nov 2:00 p.m. NLH Bounty Freeze-Out €660
2:00 p.m. NLH Single Re-Entry Day 2
6:00 p.m. PLO High Roller Single Re-Entry Day 1 €3,250
7:00 p.m. Satellite Main Event Day 1A Single Re-Entry €330
Fri 23 Nov 2:00 p.m. NLH Main Event Day 1A €4,300
2:00 p.m. PLO High Roller Single Re-Entry Day 2
6:00 p.m. Satellite NLH Super High Roller Single Re-Entry €2,600
7:00 p.m. Satellite Main Event Day 1B Single Re-Entry €330
9:00 p.m. PLO Hyper Turbo Freeze-Out €1,100
Sat 24 Nov 2:00 p.m. NLH Super High Roller Re-Entry Day 1 €25,500
2:00 p.m. NLH Progressive Bounty (€500) Day 1 €1,600
7:00 p.m. Satellite Main Event Day 1B Single Re-Entry €330
9:00 p.m. NLH Hyper Turbo Freeze-Out €550
Sun 25 Nov 2:00 p.m. NLH Super High Roller Day 2
2:00 p.m. NLH Progressive Bounty (€500) Day 2
3:00 p.m. Satellite Main Event Day 1B Single Re-Entry €330
7:00 p.m. NLH Single Re-Entry Day 1 €1,600
Mon 26 Nov 2:00 p.m. NLH Single Re-Entry Day 2
4:00 p.m. PLO Single Re-Entry Day 1 €770
7:00 p.m. Satellite Main Event Day 1B Single Re-Entry €330
9:00 p.m. NLH Hyper Turbo Freeze-Out €1,600
Tue 27 Nov 2:00 p.m. NLH Main Event Day 1B €4,300
2:00 p.m. PLO Single Re-Entry Day 2 €770
3:00 p.m. NLH Single Re-Entry Day 3
6:00 p.m. NLH Single Re-Entry Day 1 €550
9:00 p.m. NLH Hyper Turbo Freeze-out €1,100
Wed 28 Nov 2:00 p.m. NLH Main Event Day 2
2:00 p.m. NLH Single Re-Entry Day 1 €550
6:00 p.m. Satellite NLH High Roller Re-entry €825
7:00 p.m. NLH Hyper Turbo Single Re-Entry €275
Thu 29 Nov 2:00 p.m. NLH Main Event Day 3
2:00 p.m. NLH Single Re-Entry Day 1 €825
6:00 p.m. NLH High Roller Re-Entry Day 1 €10,300
9:00 p.m. PLO Hyper Turbo Freeze-out €550
Fri 30 Nov 2:00 p.m. NLH High Roller Re-Entry Day 2
2:00 p.m. NLH Single Re-Entry Day 2
2:00 p.m. NLH Speed Single Re-Entry €550
3:00 p.m. NLH Main Event Day 4
9:00 p.m. NLH Hyper Turbo Freeze-out €1,100
Sat 1 Dec 2:00 p.m. NLH High Roller Re-Entry Day 3
2:00 p.m. NLH Single Re-Entry Day 3
2:00 p.m. NLH Team Event €440
6:00 p.m. NLH Hyper Turbo Freeze-out €275