WSOP 2011 International Best Bets: The Netherlands

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If you ain't Dutch, you ain't much.

Every year we get ready for the World Series of Poker by introducing you to our top picks for players to watch in Las Vegas.

This year we’ve drawn on our vast network of international poker writers to give us a few inside picks from countries around the world.

Today: The Netherlands!

Holland has never made it to the final table of the WSOP Main Event and they know it.

Although three Dutch players have won a WSOP Bracelet, and two Dutch players have won an EPT Grand Final, a top-nine spot at the big dance has so far eluded them.

It doesn’t help that Dutchman Marcel Luske bubbled the finale in 2004, finishing 10th.

In last year’s Main Event Michiel Sijpkens’ 19th-place finish was the best result for the Netherlands. Sijpkens started with a $33 rebuy satellite on PokerStars and cashed in the Main Event for $317,000.

Not bad, but it’s not a final table.

These are the top three Dutchmen for whom we predict big things at the 2011 World Series of Poker.

Rob Hollink  
Rob Hollink is right at home at the World Series of Poker.

Rob Hollink

There’s no question Rob Hollink is among the very best poker players in Holland.

He’s third on the all-time money list for his country and he’s won both a WSOP bracelet – the first ever won by a Dutchman - and an EPT Grand Final.

Indeed, Hollink has been a big part of poker’s exploding popularity in the Netherlands.

His cashes to date total in excess of $3.2 million and he’s looking for more.

Biggest Recent Scores

December 10, 2010       €5,000 EPT Prague Main Event        
14th     $33,000
October 30, 2010 €10,000 EPT Vienna Main Event
2nd $69,765
August 28, 2010 €5,000 EPT Vilamoura
7th $71,007

Marc Naalden
Naalden's post-win pic.

Marc Naalden

Marc Naalden was the second Dutch player ever to win a WSOP bracelet and he did it in a $2K Limit event in 2009. He took down $190,000 and change for that win.

One week later he was heads-up in the $1,500 Shootout but couldn’t seal the deal, finishing second for $120,614.

All told Naalden has more than $1.3 million in earnings, and his results at the WSOP put him among the country’s most experienced players.

We expect Naalden to hit Vegas hard this year and post some big results.

Biggest Recent Scores

November 22, 2010      €5,000 ETP Barcelona Main Event         
30th       $23,235
January 22, 2010 €2,000 EPT Deauville No-Limit Hold'em      4th $50,538

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Marcel Vonk

Marcel Vonk

The third person on our list also falls into the category of ”Dutch guy who’s won a WSOP bracelet.”

In 2010 Vonk took down a $1,000 donkament for $570,960, becoming the first Dutchman to win a No-Limit Hold’em bracelet.

Vonk has cashed for $1.14 million so far playing poker tounaments and this summer in Vegas he’ll be looking to add to it.

Vonk’s preliminary WSOP schedule is not confirmed but he has committed to playing the Main Event.

Biggest Recent Scores

July 1, 2010        WSOP $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em        1st       $570,960
June 16, 2009 WSOP $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 214th $2,745 will be in Las Vegas for the entire WSOP. Keep an eye on all the action on our WSOP 2011 Live Coverage page.

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