Team PokerStars' Noah Boeken scores in own backyard

There is something to be said for home field advantage. Just ask Team PokerStars' Pro Noah Boeken.

The Masters Classics of Poker has long been the biggest poker tournament in all of the Netherlands. Held at the Holland Casino in Amsterdam, the tournament hosts some of the best poker players from all over Europe.

This week, Boeken once again showed his live poker prowess.

Up against more than 400 tough poker pros, Boeken went on the attack in his home city. Competing for a prize pool of more than two million euros, Boeken battled all the way to the final table. His fourth place finish earned him nearly 140,000 euros.

It was not the first win he had that week.

"Straight back from my 14th place finish in the EPT Dublin, I arrived at the Amsterdam airport two hours prior to the start of the second tournament of the week," Boeken said.

That event was a 200 euro rebuy no-limit hold'em tourney. He sat down just in time for the first hand. His momentum from Dublin carried him forward. He finished second out of 298 players and picked up what he called "a small 30,000 euro payday."

After that, he went to work on the big evemt. Once he reached the final table, he was seventh place in chips. He said he couldn't get anything going ultimatelt busted in fourth place.

"Looking back at the final, I should be happy with my result," he said. "I didn't start with many chips and in the seven hours I was on this table, I had no other choice than to survive with the cards that where dealt to me. All in all, it's been a great two weeks for me and I hope I can continue my good run in the upcomming tournaments."

Congratulations, Noah, on a great finish.

Brad Willis
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