Noah Boeken is a familiar face on the European poker scene, having won a European Poker Tour Event (EPT) this year and finishing 6th in another one. He is from Amsterdam and is only 24 years old. At the 2005 World Series of Poker, he made one final table and cashed once.
How long have you been playing poker?
I have been playing for about 4 years. Once, after a game of Magic, we started playing poker and I thought it was fun. I started looking into it more, played online, and read a few books, including Doyle Brunson's 'Super/System' which influenced me a lot. After about 2 years, I decided to take it up more seriously and became a professional poker player.
Where do you mostly play online?
PokerStars, Party Poker, UltimateBet.com, Bodog, and Full Tilt Poker among others.
Do you play in side games as well as tournaments?
I play about 50/50 in both side games and tournaments. My favorite side game is Limit Hold'em and my favorite tournament game is No-Limit Hold'em.
How many WSOP events did you play this year and how did you do?
I made one final table and I cashed once, out of about 14 entries.
What does the future look like for you?
I don't know really. Poker is very stressful with all the financial swings that accompany it, but I'd like to win a few bigger events and also focus more on the business side of the industry. A lot depends on how much the game takes off back home in Holland. I plan to stay in Europe because I love it, especially Amsterdam and Barcelona.