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Robert Soogea Wins 2016 WPT Amsterdam High Roller for €150,000

Robert Soogea

The 2016 World Poker Tour Amsterdam €6,000 High Roller attracted 96 entries — 20 more than last year — and generated a prize pool of €531,084. Following an extended affair that ran an extra day, Robert Soogea emerged victorious to claim the €150,000 top prize.

Final Table Payouts

1Robert Soogea€150,000
2Atanas Kavravkov€104,917
3Fatih Aydin€75,815
4Juha Helppi€49,840
5Diego Zeiter€37,367
6Luuk Gieles€29,883
7Patricio Rojas Parra€24,894
8Geoffrey Mooney€19,905

The top 12 spots were set to be paid, and the money was reached following the bust out of Pim van Riet in 13th place. According to event reports, it was van Riet and the {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} against the {a-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} of Diego Zeiter. The flop, turn, and river ran out {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{9-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{a-Spades} to give Zeiter trips and send van Riet home empty handed.

After that, the in-the-money eliminations filed in, with SF Wesemael falling in 12th, Tobias Peters hitting the rail in 11th, and Senh Ung busting in 10th. Andreas Olympios then finished in ninth, just missing out on the final table when his {j-}{8-} couldn't beat {a-}{q-}.

Into the final table of eight they went, and it was Soogea in the lead. Geoffrey Mooney fell first, and then Patricio Rojas Parra was bounced in seventh place.

In sixth came Luuk Gieles, who busted when his {k-}{j-} couldn't beat the {a-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} of Zeiter. But even though he added Gieles' chips, Zeiter's run came to an end one place later when he went out in fifth to Fatih Aydin.

That left four, and of the group Juha Helppi was without a doubt the biggest name. Unfortunately for him, he was next on the chopping block, busting in fourth place for €49,840 to Atanas Kavrakov. Helppi was all in with the {q-Clubs}{j-Spades} against the {a-Hearts}{7-Clubs} for Kavrakov, and the board came {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{10-Clubs}.

A short while later, action was halted during three-handed play. Due to the length of play and the casino closing at 3 a.m. local time, it was decided to come back on Wednesday. When they finished, Aydin had the lead with 2.06 million in chips. Soogea was second with 1.73 million, and then Kavrakov was third with 1.01 million.

It a twist of play, Aydin was gone in third place. Kavrakov quickly doubled through him shortly after play began on Wednesday, and then Soogea finished him off not too long after.

That set up the heads-up match between Soogea and Kavrakov, with Soogea having the lead thanks to his stack of 2.565 million to Kavrakov's 2.235 million. Roughly an hour and a half later, it was all over.

Soogea increased his lead at the start of the heads-up match and then found a pair of sixes to end it. Kavrakov had the {k-Clubs}{8-Hearts} and couldn't win the flip despite the flop coming out {q-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} to give him some additional outs. The {7-Diamonds} on the turn and the {9-Clubs} on the river sealed the deal and left Kavrakov with a €104,917 payday.

For Soogea, a local to the Netherlands, the win marked the first live victory of his career and also the biggest score, according to Hendon Mob. In fact, he more than doubled his career live tournament earnings with the win.

While this event is now in the books, the WPT Amsterdam €3,300 Main Event continues on, and you can find coverage right here on PokerNews.

*Image courtesy of the WPT.

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  • Robert Soogea has won the 2016 World Poker Tour Amsterdam €6,000 High Roller for €150,000.

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