Kursevich Crushes EPT Deauville Final Table

Vadzim Kursevich. Photo: Neil Stoddart, PokerStars blog.

Belarusian Vadzim Kursevich is the newest EPT Deauville Main Event champion after outlasting a tough field and epic final table today in France.

The 24-year-old Kursevich dominated much of the play and, despite a challenge from Paul Guichard heads-up, ultimately pocketed the prestigious title after a 12-hour battle at the final table.

Kursevich also pocketed a healthy €875,000 for the win.

Guichard, the Frenchman who held a slight chip lead over Kursevich coming into the day, came very close to a title of his own.

Facing a 23 million-3 million chip disadvantage to start heads-up, Guichard fought back to almost even but couldn’t bring it home when his flopped set fell to Kursevich’s straight on the river on the last hand.

Still, Guichard takes home €557,000 for his runner-up finish.

Kursevich, who chopped the 2011 WCOOP Main Event and final tabled EPT Berlin last year, earns his biggest career score and his first EPT title.

Pagano Falls Early, Trong Makes Run

Veteran Italian pro Luca Pagano made his record seventh EPT final table in Deauville this year but couldn’t get much going with his relatively short stack and busted early in the day in seventh spot.

Irishman Mick Graydon was the only player to beat him to the rail as the true short stack coming in busted eighth.

21-year-old Parisian computer science student Vuong Than Trong held the chip lead four-handed but was crippled by Kursevich shortly after the dinner break (his four-bet shove with AQ failing to catch Kursevich’s KK) and he departed in third.

Luca Pagano
No go for Pagano.

Frenchmen Yorane Kerignard, Bruno Jais and Olivier Rogez all performed well in front of the home crowd but ultimately fell in 4th, 5th and 6th place respectively.

Jais in particular can take solace in his finish as he accidentally bought into a €500 satellite for Deauville online when he meant to play a €10 MTT.

The mistake left him with just €1 in his account, but after winning the satellite and taking home €200,000 for fifth he's now flush again.

Below find the full list of final-table players and their payouts:

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

For a recap of all the day’s action, visit the PokerStars blog.

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