World Poker Tour Players, Martin de Knijff

Martin de Knijff is a high stakes professional poker player who learnt his trade at his grandmother’s knee. He is also a consummate bridge player and loves to play golf in his spare time, but perhaps his best-loved pastime is betting on sports, any sports!

A Swede by birth, but now living in the gaming capital of the world, Las Vegas, de Knijff burst onto the poker scene when he won the biggest prize in WPT history at the famous high stakes casino, the Bellagio.

Nicknamed ‘The Knife’, Martin learnt most of the finer points of the most popular table game in the world by reading Doyle Brunson’s ‘Super system’ books, and he has taken some of those tips and put them into practice, with impressive results.

He holds a single WPT Championship title, is currently third on the Scandinavia All Time Money List and in 2004 he topped the Money List!

De Knijff has a couple of tips of his own – he reckons that watching poker on TV is enormously beneficial to the way you play poker: "Poker on TV has helped me enormously. Before entering and winning the World Poker Tour Championship at Bellagio last April, I watched some 80 hours of poker on VHS and DVD. I looked for tells, how some players handled the pressure situations, and so on. I went through my notes on specific players to refresh my memory. I also checked results from the January World Poker Open forward, to see who had been hot and who had not. In regard to some players, the latter information might not be too important. John Juanda and Erik Seidel always seem to bring their "A" game to the table. But then you have players like Huck Seed and David Benyamine, whose high-performance levels (which are very, very high) are a lot different from their low levels. This analysis has become an important habit of mine before every tournament week."

Martin’s ‘in the money’ Statistics

  • 2001 – Jack Binion World Poker Open , Tunica – 3rd – $18 963
  • 2001 – Midnight Sun, Helsinki – 2nd – $15 848
  • 2002 – WSOP – $10 000 Championship Event – 13th – $60 000
  • 2003 – WPT Bellagio Five Star World Poker Classic – 15th – $26 664
  • 2004 – WPT Bellagio Five Star World Poker Classic/WPT Championship – 1st – $2 728 356
  • 2004 – WSOP – $5000 No Limit Hold ‘Em – 2nd – $210 100
  • 2005 – WPT LA Poker Classic – 21st – $30 998
  • 2005 – EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo – 22nd – $15 839
  • 2005 – WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic – 68th – $24 150
  • 2006 – Martinspoker Festival, Stockholm – 2nd – $60 042