The third champion of the 2022 World Series of Poker International Circuit on the island of Sint Maarten has been crowned and it was local resident Johan Dijkhoffz who came out on top of the WSOPC Caribbean Ring Event #3: $400 Monster Stack. Known to regulars at the Casino Royale as Alex, the Dutchman navigated through a field of 197 entries to claim the biggest slice of the $65,010 prize pool for his biggest live cash of $16,600 o far.
In a brief and intense heads-up duel, Dijkhoffz defeated Canada’s Thanh Vuong and was all smiles when the final hand was over. The nine-handed final table also featured five-time WSOPC ring winner La Sengphet, who was denied yet another title and had to settle for third place ($7,500). The two Latvian players Alexander Orlov and Mihails Morozovs were among the finalists as well and both bowed down in cruel fashion.
The final day started with 58 players out of 197 entries still in contention and more than half of the field would leave the poker room empty-handed as just 21 spots were paid. Especially the early stages saw frantic action with several big stacks heading into the final day going from hero to zero. This included Rigo Vangarelli, Hosein Amin, and Arman Bosnakyan, who returned with top ten stacks only to succumb before the final three tables were set.
Close to the money bubble, Benjamin Perez found no help with a dominated pair and Lars Jürgens ran his top pair into aces to come up just shy of the money. Local resident Jean-Luc Adam, who already won a WSOPC ring at this very venue and became a WSOP bracelet winner in Las Vegas in 2021, would then become the bubble boy. After slow-playing pocket tens, he made a move and played the seven-high straight on the board only to run into the nut straight of Vuong.
This big pot propelled Vuong into the top three alongside Jacky Beauvais and Sengphet, who crushed her table and suffered only a few setbacks. Once the bubble burst, several notables such as Albert Balayn, Meghan Smith, Martin Ryan and Jose Duzanson all hit the rail. The final table was then set when Sengphet jammed blind-on-blind with five-deuce and made two pair against the king-queen of Jihad Louali.
As the only female finalist, Sengphet showcased relentless aggression and dealt the first blow when her pocket tens held up against the ace-queen suited of Beauvais. Next to bust was Morozovs, who got it in with a flopped flush against the overpair of Dijkhoffz only to see his opponent nail running cards for an unexpected full house. Christophe Enrici added yet another cash at the Casino Royale to his resume and he was followed to the rail by Jean Souprayenmestry and Aernout Kraaijeveld.
The elimination of Orlov in fourth place shifted the momentum towards Dijokhoffz, who got lucky once more with ace-king versus pocket kings thanks to spiking an ace on the river. Three-handed play saw the chip lead change several times and Dijkhoffz excelled with two hero calls to become the chip leader. He was also responsible for the elimination of Sengphet in third place when both clashed in a three-bet pot. Dijkhoffz’ open-ended straight draw with king-ten on a nine-high flop would hold as Sengphet had jammed with the bottom end of the straight draw and misread her cards to have just that and not a spades flush draw on top.
Heads-up play started with Dijkhoffz on top but Vuong quickly established a strong lead. However, the Sint Maarten resident scored two double ups to take a commanding lead before finishing the job soon thereafter.
Final Table Result WSOPC Ring Event #3: $400 Monster Stack
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (in USD)|
|1||Alex Dijkhoffz||Sint Maarten||$16,600|
|3||La Sengphet||United States||$7,500|
|5||Aernout Kraaijeveld||Sint Maarten||$4,100|
|7||Christophe Enrici||Sint Maarten||$2,400|