WSOP Event #50: Van Den Bijgaart makes final table

wsop2009_thn.gifNo one can really pick their time to run good, but if Josephus Van Den Bijgaart could've picked a time, it would've been right now. Instead of being able to choose, he had to settle for it happening on its own. He just made the final table of the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout.

Just a few months ago, the big limit hold'em player on PokerStars had a very bad run. He did what he had to do. He dropped down to $1/$2 no-limit. That said, it's not as if he's grinding one table at a time.

"I play 15 to 20 tables," he said a few minutes ago. "Now I'm grinding up. Hopefully now I can play the big games again."

Now, because he has a shot at a World Series bracelet. After winning his first round game yesterday, the Team Pro from Holland ran roughshod over his table today. By the time it was six handed, he had 1/3 of the chips on the table.

"From the first moment, I thought I had a good chance to win," he told us.

Van Den Bijgaart is a friend of Team PokerStars Pro Noah Boeken and writes poker columns for He recently joined Team PokerStars Holland Pro and has been looking for a big score. He made the money in EPT Deauville, but is looking for a bigger score to get back into the games he'd grown so accustomed to playing.

Today went a long way toward helping him reach that goal.

"I had some good cards, ran good, and now I'm at the final table," he said with a smile.

Now he has a shot at the $194,854 firse prize.

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Shortly after Van Den Bijgaart won his seat to the eight-handed final table, Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes slipped out in third place at his table for a $4,350 finish.

Still in action is the Team Pro from Argentina, Jose Barbero. At this hour he is heads up and looking to join Van Den Bijgaart on the final table.

Brad Willis
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