By Joseph Smith Sr.
Michiel Brummelhuis already had one WSOP Main Event record when he became the first Dutch player to earn a final table seat at poker’s biggest event. The 28-year-old Amsterdam, Holland native brings a decade of professional poker experience to the November Nine. He is number 7 on the poker chip list with T11,275,000 in tournament chips. Brummelhuis is also listed among the top 15 all-time Dutch poker tournament players.
Brummelhuis almost didn’t come for the 2013 WSOP and decided at the last minute to play in the Main Event. He and his girlfriend are expecting their first child at the end of summer so his schedule was already full. Lucky for him and the people of Holland he decided to attend this year’s big poker show and is now considered a contender to take home the world championship of poker’s diamond and gold bracelet. Another well-known Dutchman, Marcel Luske, bubbled the 2004 WSOP Main Event final table. Come November, 100- 200 of Brummelhuis’ fellow countrymen and fans will be in Las Vegas for the final showdown.
Live poker earnings are listed at $671,706 and adding in the $733,224 he collected for making the 2013 final table brings that total up to almost $1.5 million. Brummelhuis biggest cash prior to this year was at the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller Event where he finished in 4th place and collected $154,350. He has earned 7 WSOP cashes in his career to pocket a total of $174,170. In 2008 he finished in 6th place in Event #9 $1.5K No-Limit Hold’Em and in 2009 he collected $67,647 for 7th place in WSOP Event #33, $10K World championship Limit Hold’Em.
Playing online under the name “utreg,” Brummelhuis has shown the ability to compete and win in the virtual medium. He outlasted a field of 319 players in 2011 to receive $65,235 for winning a PokerStars Super Tuesday tournament. In the same year he won an online event in the World Series of Online Poker and banked a prize of $144,000.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention “the bluff.” Michiel Brummelhuis is probably best known in poker circles for his huge bluff during the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25K High Roller Event. With six players remaining, the eventual winner, Williams Reynolds, got heads-up in a hand with Brummelhuis and built a half million dollar pot. Reynolds checked his Acesup to Brummelhuis after a third heart fell on the river. Brummelhuis immediately went all in and Reynolds tanked for a few minutes before folding. He said, “Tell me you’re not bluffing.” Brummelhuis replied, “Yes, yes I was” and rolled over a K-4 off suit. He collected the pot and remained in the tournament to finish fourth and collect his biggest cash prize ever.
Brummelhuis will be sitting in the two seat with short stacked Mark Newhouse on his immediate left followed by two big stack players; Ryan Reiss seat #4 and Amir Lehavot seat #5. Both Reiss and Lehavot have played a tight game coming into the final table and if they continue this trend then Brommelhius is in a good position to snag some early blinds and begin building his chips to a more competitive level.
If the media voted for their favorite November Nine player based on friendliness, ease of access and attitude, then Michiel Brummelhuis would easily win. This young Nederland’s poker player has a relaxed, easy going style that bodes well for the game. Those just entering the world of tournament poker would do well to follow his lead and adopt his attitude. They are the players we need to change the face of the game and garner the respect from the community at large.