hi, i just wanted to share this, i played the ONKP finals and i did go very well, but before mentioning the results i first like to explain a bit more about the tournament itself:

first of all, onkp means open nederlands kampioenschap poker, translated it means open dutch championship poker. it’s a tournament without any money prizes (like replay) but it does draw all kinds of players with very varying skill levels, some just learned the game and know next to nothing of basic strategy, yet others have already played many big tournaments and won huge prizes with it. however the winner of the onkp will win a sponsor contract, the title of dutch champion 2019 and a huge trophy. and besides the actual winner, a few might also be chosen for a sponsor contract depending on how they played during the finals, but the odds for that are also very low.

this tournament has a lot of preliminaries all over the netherlands (this year 141 IIRC) and you can join as much of em as you like for €12,50 each. the best 6-10% of a preliminary will get a wildcard, which means if you get 2 you can play the semi finals, the top 5% will get a semifinal ticket immediately. however if you will win the 1st place of a preliminary you get straight away to the finals without even having to play any of the semi finals, and you get a trophy, with more then 80 players the 2nd place will also get to the finals. and if you win a semifinal ticket 4 times you also get to the finals immediately. so simply said, the odds of getting through the finals (and even the semifinals) are very small.

so now you know what this tournament means here is my story:

first of all, i managed to win the preliminary in haarlem (89 players) which means i got to the finals. and i obviously was already very happy i reached the finals in the first place, but i also managed to get a pretty good spot. the finals had quite a lot of players, there were 181 finalists and they mentioned that in the entire tournament (so including the prelims) there were over 9300 players. in the end i reached the 4th place . so clearly it was a double feeling, when you’re that far you obviously want to win. but besides that i had an amazing day and i am very happy i came that far into the tournament.

just in case people like to see the tournament, there was a livestream that showed the featured table, i joined the featured table once there were 32 players left and kept there till the end. i joined around 8:25:00 my real name is mitchel just in case you like to know who’s me

(sorry for the language as it’s in dutch )

here is the link: