I arrived in Amsterdam on the morning of the tournament; a two hour flight from Vilnius. I had a big break, away from the noise and stress of life, and was ready for the action that was going to start at 3pm. The Amsterdam tournament managed another record prize purse – it just keeps growing – this is the 10th year in a row for this event and the field just gets bigger each year. That says a lot for the growth of poker throughout the world. A field of 350 turned out and paid about $6,300 USD to play for a first place prize paying out close to 1 million.