While he remained outside of the radar for the first few days of the 2009 World Series of Poker event, Team PokerStars Pro member Noel Boeken no is one of the chip leaders in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event with just 185 participants left. The poker pro from the Netherlands never cashed in the event before but he is now hoping for a place at the final table.
Boeken said on July 12th, 2009 that winning the Main Event would be insane. But he added that his main concern now is just to qualify for the final table. Boeken started Day five with five hundred thousand in chips but had a terrific run in the early stages of the tournament and after 1 of play, he had a total of $1.7 million in total chips.
He lost a big coin flip and then fell down to one million chips but recover to 2.3 million chips when he found aces against queens in the later stages. Boeken said he is very happy with his performance but he is keeping his fingers cross. Boeken already cashed in three times in the 2009 World Series of Poker but his winnings had been modest with $6,604 as the best result.
Boeken already surpassed that amount with his performance in the Main Event but how big his total winnings will be remains to be seen. The Dutch poker pro never cashed in the WSOP Main Event before and he credits his good performance to the improved event structure. He added that the only pressure that he is feeling is that he have a chance to do well in the Main Event now that he would not have every year.
07/20/2009 21:43 PM