The WPT moves into India; Thijs Menco wins WPT DeepStacks Amsterdam

The WPT moves into India; Thijs Menco wins WPT DeepStacks Amsterdam

The World Poker Tour deepens their partnership with India’s largest online poker room to create WPTDeepStacks India and the WPT India Player of the Year, and a 40-year old father of three wins WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam.

The WPT moves into India; Thijs Menco wins WPT DeepStacks AmsterdamThe World Poker Tour (WPT) continues to strengthen its position in the Asia-Pacific region by extending their partnership with Gaussian Networks Pvt Ltd’s online poker room

The pair has come together to organise a $1,000 buy-in WPTDeepstacks India Main Event taking place November 7-13 on the floating Deltin Royale Casino in Goa, India.

In addition to the WPTDeepStacks event, the partnership also extends to the Deltin Poker Tour Player of the Year which will change its name to the WPT India Player of the Year.

Currently, there are three qualifying events included in the WPT India Player of the Year:

• $540 buy-in Deltin Poker Tour Main Event Goa – July 20-24
• $540 buy-in Deltin Poker Tour Main Event Goa – Sep 6-11
• $1,000 buy-in WPTDeepstacks India Main Event – Nov 7-13

The organisers may add further events, and the winner will receive a $5k package for either Deltin Poker Tour events or WPT events that take place during Season XVII of the WPT.

The WPT seems in capable hands when it comes to growth in the Asia-Pacific region. The most successful poker TV show ever produced is now owned by the Chinese online gaming giant OurGame International Holdings Ltd. And earlier in the year they hired Danny McDonagh for the position of WPT Live Events Specialist, and Danny has extensive experience working for PokerStars in that part of the world, as well as the Crown Casino in Australia, and the Deltin Poker Tour in India.

Gaussian Networks Pvt Ltd’s created back in 2011 and it quickly became the market leader amid a population of 1.3 billion people.  At the start of 2016 Adda52 partnered with the WPT thus allowing their players the opportunity to qualify for WPT Live events through online satellite qualification. In January, they celebrated their one millionth registered user on the site.

Poker in India has been a hot topic this week. Rival Indian online poker site, PokerHigh, secured a deal with the King’s Casino in Rozvadov to send online qualifiers to the partypoker LIVE Million Germany, and both Sam Razavi and partypoker’s Patrick Leonard joined Season 1 of India’s Poker Sports League (PSL).

Thijs Menco Wins WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam

The WPT moves into India; Thijs Menco wins WPT DeepStacks AmsterdamFrom India to Amsterdam and Thijs Menco has taken down the €1,500 buy-in WPTDeepStacks Main Event in the Holland Casino.

The 40-year-old father of three overcame a field of 243 players to take home a sparkling trophy, a €2,000 WPTDS Europe package, and €73,239 in prize money.

Menco began the final table as the short stack but entered heads-up with a 2:1 chip advantage over his opponent Pim van Wassenberg. The money went in the middle on a board of As3d2c7sTs when Menco moved all-in, and Van Wassenberg called. The latter had hit two pairs holding T7dd, but Menco held 64ss for the flush.

Before this win, Menco’s only other score was a fourth place finish in a €770 buy-in event at the same venue earning €16,565. Coincidentally, Tobias Peters also made that final table finishing second.

Final Table Results

1. Thijs Menco – €73,239
2. Pim van Wassenberg – €51,485
3. Dennis Bijen – €32,405
4. Tobias Peters – €19,710
5. Kees Aerts – €15,225
6. Richard Milne – €12,615
7. Frederick Andersson – €10,750
8. Ami Barer – €9,170
9. Robert Stegeman – €7,330