Tobias Peters wins WSOP International Circuit main event in Rotterdam

The World Series of Poker International Circuit concluded the second stop of its new season earlier this week with the conclusion of the main event at the Holland Casino in Rotterdam.

The main event had a buy-in of €1,650 and ended up with a field of 181 players. When the last card was dealt, the last man standing was Dutch native Tobias Peters. For the victory Peters cashed €67,766 and received the coveted WSOP Circuit championship ring. In American dollars, his winnings converted to roughly $78,000.

When the final day of the tournament began and only six players remained, Peters was in good shape sitting second in chips. As players began to fall around him, his stack began to steadily grow and when only three remained, he made the next elimination to hold on to the chip lead. Peters sent Stephane Cordelle to the rail after his K-8 topped Cordelle’s A-4 when a king hit on the turn.

Peters vs Beenen heads-up

It came down to Peters and fellow countryman Bart Beenen heads-up for the tournament title. When heads-up play began, Peters had a sizable chip lead with 3.7 million in chips to Beenen’s 1.7 million.

Beenen got off to a good start, taking the first hand of heads-up play to cut into Peters’ stack, but the rest of the way it was all Peters. He reeled off wins in numerous hands to quickly grow his stack and put Beenen on the ropes.

On the final hand of the tournament, Beenen was all-in pre-flop with A-4 and Peters held K-8. The flop favored Beenen when it showed 5s-4s-5c to give him two pair, fours and fives. The turn changed things, though, as the Kc showed, giving Peters a better two pair, kings and fives. Beenen needed an ace on the river, but he didn’t get lucky as the Js fell, eliminating him. For second place he took home €41,861, or about $48,000 US.

The next stop for the WSOP International Circuit is the Kings Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The main event with a €1,650 buy-in begins October 5 and is scheduled to run for four days.