Vadzim Kursevich wins EPT Deauville for €875,000

Vadzim Kursevich wins EPT Deauville for €875,000

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The PokerStars EPT Deauville title is leaving French soil again after Belarusian player Vadzim Kursevich defeated 19-year-old Paul Guichard heads-up to take the EPT Deauville title and a first prize of €875,000.

Luca Pagano made this his record-extending seventh EPT final table but unfortunately for the Italian, it ended much like the other six and he was eliminated. Guichard began with the chip lead but ran his A-Q into Kursevich’s A-K, doubling up the eventual winner to almost 25% of the chips in play. Easily the final’s most active player, Kursevich rode his rollercoaster chip stack like a wave to heads-up play.

He began with a better than 6-1 chip lead before doubling up Guichard, who then began to dominate the match to pull even. However, Kursevich got the money in with a double gutshot and a flush draw, spiking one of his straight outs against Guichard’s set to win the event.

“I can’t really believe it. It’s like a dream," said the winner, "A lot of times, you finish 28th, fifth, even second – and you think ‘What do I have to do to be the champion’ but when you are, it’s the best feeling in the world.”

The final table payouts were as follows:

1. Vadzim Kursevich - €875,000
2. Paul Guichard - €557,000
3. Voung Than Trong - €328,000
4. Yorane Keringard - €260,000
5. Bruno Jais - €200,000
6. Oliver Rogez - €155,000
7. Luca Pagano - €110,000
8. Mick Graydon - €67,200

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Tags: EPT Deauville, Vadzim Kursevich, Paul Guichard, Luca Pagano, Mick Graydon