Michiel Brummelhuis, Poker Biography
by Jennifer Newell
Michiel Brummelhuis has had some poker success but nothing as prestigious as the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table. He is one of the shorter stacks of the nine players, but he has many years of poker experience and a lot of support from the Dutch poker community to pull him through.
Brummelhuis lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and first got into the game of poker in 2004 with friends. The MoneyMaker Effect was partially responsible for him and his friends taking to the game and beginning to play online poker. His friends told him that he had the knack for winning, so he picked up some poker books and did just that - became a winning player.
His live tournament career began in 2007 when he traveled to the European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monte Carlo and final tabled the €400 No Limit Hold'em tournament. He cashed in an EPT Main Event in Dublin later that year, but it wasn't until 2008 that he made it to the World Series of Poker and achieved his first final table there. He finished sixth in the $1,500 Short-Handed NLHE tournament for more than $53K and cashed in another event as well. Back in Europe, he did well as the Summer Classics series in Utrecht, where he finished second in one side event and won the €1K Main Event for more than €68K.
Back at the WSOP in 2009, he cashed in five events, one of them another final table; he took seventh place in the $10K Limit Hold'em World Championship tournament for $67,647. At the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January of the following year, he cashed in the Main Event and finished fourth in the $25K NLHE High Roller tournament for $154,350. Since then, he has cashed on the EPT, in the Unibet Open, and won a side event at the Master Classics of Poker in Amsterdam for €46,800.
To date, Brummelhuis has more than $1.4 million in live tournament earnings to his name, and he has won several hundred thousand dollars in online poker tournaments, including a WCOOP title. He is also one of the most successful Dutch players in the world and has the respect of many peers in the community.
In the time before he returns to Las Vegas for the November Nine final table, he plans to spend time with family, considering he will be the father of a baby boy in September. "I think my life is going to change more" because of the baby, he told PokerNews, than anything that can happen at the WSOP. In addition, he feels that he is freerolling in the Main Event because of the success he's already had.
Read Michiel Brummelhuis's Profile for more information including tournament results and total winnings.
Jennifer Newell is a freelance writer, originally from St. Louis but now living in Los Angeles. She fell in love with poker while working at WPT and began writing about it in 2005.