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Unlucky timing for van Hoof

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Unlucky timing for van Hoof

Post by jock2007 on Sat Nov 08, 2014 1:50 pm


Unlucky timing for van Hoof
Dutch regulatory process restricting sponsorship for November Nine chip leader


When you're the chip leader entering the final table of the biggest poker tournament in the world, you can by no stretch of the imagination be considered unlucky. However, the situation Jorryt van Hoof found himself in during this year's November Nine hiatus was unlike any we've seen in the six years since the inception of the delayed final table format.

Van Hoof would've been the perfect player to represent an online poker website. The accomplished pro, based in London, has been playing some of the highest stakes online for many years and is a very well respected, and feared, player.

In 2009, the man known as "TheCleaner11" made one of the most famous calls in online poker history when he pulled the trigger holding just eight-high on a double-paired board. Van Hoof's opponent, poker pro Kevin MacPhee, had a pair of deuces, lost the hand and immediately posted it on poker message boards. Van Hoof's call went viral and he later meticulously explained his thought process, which garnered him even more respect.
As the owner of the only Dutch video strategy website, NederPoker.com, Van Hoof, with his very articulate and intelligent mind, would've been a great brand ambassador. Unfortunately, that isn't happening prior to the biggest night of his professional life.

Up until Black Friday in 2011, any sort of exposure on national television in the United States would lead to receiving a nice monetary bonus. Being seated at one of ESPN's featured tables during the WSOP main event could get you as little as $2,000 for just wearing a simple patch or hat.
Not anymore.

These days, even the most media-friendly pros have limited options when attempting to earn some extra money for their enormous amount of exposure, but in Van Hoof's case, in a very bizarre way, it was the Dutch government that actually limited his off-the-felt earnings. After years of online poker being a major headache for legislators and the Dutch gambling authority, a step forward had been made this year; it was agreed that online gaming would be legalized in 2015. As part of the process, until online gaming sites receive government licenses, they are not supposed to do any promotions focused on the Netherlands.

The Dutch market is small and, honestly, not very attractive for operators looking to offer online poker. The Netherlands has a population of 16.8 million, and while it's the seventh-biggest grossing online gaming market in the EU, that's a number that mostly reflects sports betting action. Although the tax situation for players will drastically improve, going from 29 percent down to 0 percent on regulated poker sites, it's still up in the air to see which operators will actually invest in getting into the market.

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