Monster comeback at Irish Open: From last place to victory

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posted Tuesday Apr 10th 2012 at 08:59 PM

by Oscar Vallet

Monday night Belgian Kevin Vandersmissen won his first major live tournament, Irish Open at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, Ireland.

A second place finish at EPT Snowfest 2011 for €260,000 was the biggest result of Vandersmissen’s career up until yesterday, when he after a remarkable comeback took the Irish Open-title.  

Kevin Vandersmissen was dead last before the start of the final table – with just below half average. Two quick doubles changed that and suddenly he had room to maneuver. 

Vandersmissen is player who’s won more than $900,000 live in the last two years and with the stack suddenly on his side yesterday he was too much for the opposition. 

“I feel pretty happy. It’s my first big tournament that I’ve won. I tried to do my best. I felt pretty comfortable. I had to double up in the beginning and had to play very tight but as you saw I’m not afraid to bluff,” said Vandersmissen trophy in hand.

At the final table Kevin Vandersmissen went up against seasoned pros like Andy Black and Samuel Chartier, but the Irishman and Canadian ended up on respectively 8th and 7th place. 

4th place Ian Simpson from Newcastle was the last remaining PaddyPower qualifier, which netted him €100,000 in tournament buy-ins and cash for outlasting 135 plus online qualifiers. On top of that he took home €107,500 for his 4th place.  

The final table payouts:

1: Kevin Vandersmissen - €420,000
2: Thomas Beer - €225,000
3: David “Dixie” Dean - €158,000
4: Ian Simpson - €107,500
5: Steve Watts - €78,000
6:  Jordan Lewis - €59,000
7: Samuel Chartier -- €44,500
8: Andy Black - €32,700
9: Philip Magennis - €23,000

A total of 502 players paid the €3,500 entry fee - among them former world champions Phil Hellmuth, Carlos Mortensen, Jonathan Duhamel and multiple WSOP bracelet winners Freddy Deeb and Daniel Negreanu.

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