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Rob Hollink looks to win Dutch Open
On the eve of the inaugural Rob Hollink has been made the 6/1 favorite according to PartyBets.com.
Hollink is a highly regarded Omaha and Hold'em player who is perhaps best known for his first place finish at the EPT Season 1 Grand Finale. The Dutchman triumphed over 211 other challengers including plenty of professionals like Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer. Since then Hollink has managed to keep a low profile while quietly cashing in numerous events.
A PartyBets.com spokesperson said making Hollink the favorite was a no-brainer.
"Rob had to be the favorite to win the tournament," he said. "The fact that he is one of the most well-known names we will automatically see interest in him. However there is a group of players who are strongly fancied to fair well in this format."
At the top of the list, right behind Hollink, is another poker pro. Poker columnist and author Rolf Slotboom was given 7/1 odds. Slotboom, sometimes known as "Ace", is known for an unorthodox style and of his unique visor and Tic Tac card protector.
Filling out the field are Tuncar Alper (8/1) and Ruud Blokhoff, Peter Dalhuijsen, Jerry Van Hoof and Art Schapp who were all given 10/1 odds.
In addition there will be a large contingent of celebrities playing in the event although their odds aren't nearly as good as the professional players.
"There are a number of celebrities taking part including rapper Bart Zeilstra, Idol winner Maud Mulder, footballer Richard Witschge, darts player Michael Van Gerwen and television presenters Gallyon Van Vessem and Dennis Weening," said a PartyBets.com spokesman in a statement. "The chances of a Dutch poker playing rapper winning are rated at 100/1 and the majority of the celebrities are long shots."
In total 36 Dutch poker players and personalities will take to the felt to play for a €117,000 prize-fund. The buy-in is set at €2,500 with the winner taking home €50,000. The celebrities form "Team Veronica" and will be playing a special one off table before the tournament formally starts.
The event is scheduled to start on Saturday, Aug. 11 with the grand finale on Tuesday, Aug. 14. The event will be broadcast later this year with Frans Frederik and the aforementioned Hollink providing commentary.
If things go as planned Hollink may be providing commentary to his own victory run!
For the full betting lineup visit PartyBets.com