Kevin Vandersmissen Takes Down 2012 Irish OpenWednesday, April 11th, 2012 by Ryan
The Irish Poker Open is one of the most talked about and storied poker tournaments in the world, so it makes perfect sense why a ton of people had their eyes glued to the final table action in Dublin this past weekend. The action wound down on Monday at the Burlington Hotel, and it was a shocking run by Kevin Vandersmissen that left everyone on their toes, and sent him home with the grand prize of €420,000 and a championship at one of hte most well-known events out there. When the action started for the final table, Vandersmissen was projected more to be the first player sent home than he was to be the player to take down the tournament.
Vandersmissen was in 9th place out of nine to start the day and was the only player with less than a half of a million chips. He had a tough task since four of the nine players had over 1.3 million as well in their stack. The leaders to start the day were Ian Simpson and David “Dixie” Dean, both who were just around 2 million a piece. The action started fast though, as a double elimination came five hands in when Simpson raised it up and found two all-in’s before it got back to him from Andy Black and Philip Magennis. Simpson made the call, but it was Thomas Beer who made a raise over top of Simpson’s original raise who called both all-ins. Beer turned over pocket Aces, Black had A-K, and Magennis was holding pocket Queens. No one could catch up and Beer took in a huge pot and there were also only seven players left.
This is where Vandersmissen began his trek to the top as he doubled up through Dean to get to 1.4 million chips. Samuel Chartier was then sent home in seventh place when his A-J ran into the A-K of Simpson. The next player to go was Jordan Lewis, who really hadn’t been involved in much to this point, when he shoved in A-K and was called with K-J, and was able to hit a Jack on the flop to send Lewis home.
From here, Vandersmissen remained quiet and patient and then got another double to get up to 2.4 million chips. When play was down to three handed play though, it was all Thomas Beer. Beer had 6.23 million chips, Vandersmissen had 2.88 million, and Dean had some work to do with 919k. Vandersmissen picked up pocket Aces and sent home Dean a few hands later, and was set for a heads up match against Beer, but had a slight bit of catching up to do as he was down 4.5 million to 5.53 million chips.
Right off the bat Vandersmissen’s A-K held up against the A-J of Beer and gave him a two to one chip advantage, and Beer was never able to recover from that point. On the final hand of the tournament Beer raised it up with A-K and was called by the 9-7 of Vandersmissen. The flop came with 3-9-4, and he check-raised Beer’s next bet. Beer then re-raised, Vandersmissen shoved all in, and the race was on. His top pair held up, and won the nice pay day and the championship. For his second place finish Beer took home €225,000.