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Vadzim Kursevich Wins the 2012 PokerStars.fr EPT Deauville Main Event

Vadzim Kursevich

The 2012 PokerStars.fr European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event concluded on Monday night. Vadzim Kursevich emerged triumphant from a field of 889 players. Kursevich began the final table second in chips and endured a tumultuous journey before finally claiming victory.

Mick Graydon, the short stack to begin the final table, lasted about two hours before he shoved {A-Clubs}{9-Hearts} into chip leader Paul Guichard's {A-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}. The board rolled out {10-Spades}{4-Spades}{3-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} to end Graydon's run in eighth place. Following him to the rail was Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano. Unable to gain any consistent traction, Pagano three-bet shoved with {A-Clubs}{J-Spades}. Vuong Than Trong, the raiser, called with {9-Spades}{9-Hearts} and held up through the {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{7-Clubs} board.

About three and a half hours later Olivier Rogez was the next to fall, doing so in unusual fashion. His 14 big-blind stack slowly dwindled to less than two big blinds before Rogez called all-in from the big blind with {J-Hearts}{3-Clubs}. The pot was three-handed and following a {9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{6-Clubs} flop, Paul Guichard isolated with {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs}. Rogez found help from the {3-Diamonds} turn, but the {7-Hearts} river ended his Main Event run in sixth place. Roughly two hours passed before Bruno Jais exited in fifth place. He shoved on a {9-Spades}{8-Hearts}{6-Clubs} flop with {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades}, but ran into Vuong Than Trong's {K-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}. The {Q-Hearts} turn gave Jais two extra outs to win, but the {5-Spades} river was not among them.

The players took a one hour-break and when they returned, the chips started to fly. Than Trong was leading, but lost much of his stack to Kursevich who was in second place. After raising on the button, Than Trong watched as Kursevich three-bet from the small blind. Action folded back to Than Trong and he four-bet shoved with {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades}. Kursevivh called all-in immediately with {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds} and won the pot when the board fell {K-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{A-Spades}{7-Hearts}.

With the huge chip lead, Kursevich went to work eliminating the shorter stacks. First, with {K-Clubs}{J-Spades}, he eliminated Yorane Kerignard (who held {Q-Spades}{9-Spades}) when neither player improved his hand on a {5-Clubs}{5-Spades}{4-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} board. A few hands later, Than Trong got it in with {K-Diamonds}{10-Spades} against Kursevich's {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs}, but once again, the board improved neither player.

Heads-up play began with Kursevich holding just less than a 7:1 chip lead, but Guichard stormed back to make the stacks nearly even before the final hand occurred. The blinds and antes were at the 125,000/250,000/30,000 level when Kursevich min-raised the button to 500,000. A three-bet to 1,250,000 came from Guichard and after Kursevich called, the flop came down {J-Spades}{7-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}.

Guichard bet 625,000, which kept Kursevich in the hand to see the {9-Hearts} land on the turn. Not slowing down, Guichard bet 1,325,000. After a few moments Kursevich moved all-in, and got an immediate call from Guichard, who tabled {5-Hearts}{5-Spades} for a set. Kursevich was very live, with straight and flush outs, holding {6-Hearts}{3-Hearts} and sure enough, the {8-Clubs} hit the river to give Kursevich a straight and bring the tournament to a close.

Final Table Payouts

PlacePlayerPrize
1Vadzim Kursevich€875,000
2Paul Guichard€557,000
3Vuong Than Trong€328,000
4Yorane Kerignard€260,000
5Bruno Jais€200,000
6Olivier Rogez€155,000
7Luca Pagano€110,000
8Mick Graydon€ 67,200

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