Bensimoun Wins WSOP International Circuit Event in Rotterdam

Ben Bensimoun made quite an impression at the WSOP International Circuit’s stop in Holland earlier this week. Wearing a pink bunny hat throughout the tournament Bensimoun outlasted the rest of a 274-player field to win the main event at the WSOP Circuit’s first ever stop at the Holland Casino in Rotterdam.

The no-limit hold’em tournament had a €1650 buy-in, which was just under $2,000 US. That prize pool came to €393,120, or approximately $473,000 US. For the win Bensimoun claimed the €94,349 prize ($111,916 US) and the coveted WSOP Circuit championship ring, his first. It was Bensimoun’s second cash of the event, as he previously collected €896 ($1079 US) for finishing ninth in a €330 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo tournament.

It came down to Bensimoun and Jakob Miegel heads-up for the tournament title. When heads-up play began Bensimoun had a near 5-to-1 chip lead on his opponent, but Miegel slowly wore him down and at one point took over the chip lead. Two big hands moved the chips back across the table, including an all-in where Bensimoun hit an Ace-high straight on the river to topple Miegel. For second place Miegel cashed €58,308 ($69,164 US).

WSOP International Circuit on the Move

After their inaugural event in Holland the WSOP International Circuit has already set up shop in their next destination, Casino Campione in Italy. The tournaments kicked off in Campione late last week with the €1,100 main event getting started on Friday. The main event is slated to run for four days and conclude on Monday, September 11.

It wasn’t all good news for the WSOP International Circuit this week. The wild weather walloping North America has forced the Circuit to cancel an upcoming event in November. St. Maarten took quite a pounding from Hurricane Irma, which included damage sustained to the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino. The casino was scheduled to host the WSOP International Circuit in the first two weeks of November. That event has now been cancelled with no makeup date announced as the island cleans up and rebuilds following the devastation brought on by Irma.

Back in the US the regular WSOP Circuit kicks off their next event this weekend at the IP Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. The $1,675 main event doesn’t get underway until September 16.