Boeken: Winning the Main Event would be insane

Noah Boeken
Dutch Team PokerStars Pro Noah Boeken has a shot at Main Event glory.

While he flew under the radar for the first few days, Team PokerStars Pro Noah Boeken now finds himself among the chip leaders in the 2009 WSOP Main Event with just 185 players remaining.

The Dutchman has never cashed in the big one before, but now he's aiming for a place at the final table and possibly more.

"Winning would be insane, but I know I can do it," Boeken told PokerListings.

"The cards just have to fall good, and I run the right way, but let's focus on making the final table first. Then we can talk about winning."

Boeken started Day 5 with 500,000 in chips, but had a good run in the early stages and after an hour of play, he sat with 1.7 million in his stack.

He lost a big coin flip in the middle of the day and fell down to 1 million, but started to climb back up, getting a big boost up to 2.3 million when he found aces against queens in the closing stages.

"I'm very happy," he said. "I played great, just grinding. I think a lot of people play way too fast. You have so much time, the structure is so good; I have just been waiting for my chances, and I've been getting them."

Boeken has already cashed three times in the 2009 WSOP, but his earnings have been modest, with $6,604 as the best score. He's already topped that in the Main Event, but how big the win will be remains to be seen.

"I'm just going to keep playing like I have played," he said. "I've played pretty tight and picked my spots at the right time. You don't have to run over the table, just survive and get in good situations. That's what I've been doing."

Boeken has never cashed in the Main Event before and he credits his success this year to the improved structure.

"It's a big difference to start with 30,000 instead of 20,000," he said. "Now you can lose a big hand early and still have a lot to play with. It's beautiful. There is a lot of play all through the tournament."

"I've been running better this time, I guess. When you get some chips early, then it's easy. I like how it's working out, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the tournament.

"The only pressure I feel is that I have a chance now that I won't have every year."

Follow Boeken and all the action from Day 6 of the 2009 WSOP Main Event live beginning at 12 p.m. PT Monday from PokerListings' 2009 WSOP Home Page.

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