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European Poker Tour Snowfest -- Day 4

Belgians Take Over EPT Snowfest Final Table


Kevin Vandersmissen. Credit: Neil Stoddart and PokerStars.The field of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Snowfest was reduced even further, to that crucial final number of eight from 24, on day 4.

The most well-known names remaining at start of play went home a day earlier than hoped, but they leave behind them a very interesting final table featuring, for the first time ever on the EPT, a total of three Belgians, one of which is the chip leader by a long shot.

Kevin Vandersmissen was in the top 10 going into the day with 803,000 but leaped into the lead by close of play with just over 4.5 million, that’s more than 2 million than the player next to him on the leader board, Cristian Dragomir, who has just under 2.3 million.

The chip count drops even further for the player in third place, Philip Meulyzer who will take his seat with 1,758,000, and next to him is the Russian who has got people talking (and worrying) throughout most of the event, 22-year-old Vladimir Geshkenbein with a little more than 1.6 million. They are joined by another Belgian, an Irishman, and Italian former chip leader Giacomo Maisto.

Despite Vandersmissen’s large lead, the colourful mix of characters joining him leaves the event largely open in terms of who will be taking the next headline. With €390,000 on the line and a seat into the EPT Grand Final in May, this will certainly be one final to watch, and watch you can via the EPT Live video feed or indeed just dip in and out of the PokerStars blog feed for live updates.

Here are the final table chip counts:

Kevin Vandersmissen (Belgium) 4,512,000
Giacomo Maisto (Italy) 986,000
Vladimir Geshkenbein (Russia) 1,678,000
Philip Meulyzer (Belgian) 1,758,000
Denis Murphy (Ireland) 997,000
Morten Mortenesen (Denmark) 740,000
Cristian Dragomir (Romania) 2,293,000
Koen De Visscher (Belgium) 1,543,000

Before the final table was established, the field lost three players who had made waves throughout the week. First off, the one remaining Team PokerStars pro, Alex Kravchenko left in 16th place. The Russian takes home €11,495 for his personal EPT best. He was followed out by Brit Martins Adeniya in 15th place for the same amount, and despite having mistaken a 15-minute break for the dinner break yesterday, Friend of PokerStars Pierre Neuville managed to hang on until 11th place for €18,000.

Manilo Iemina burst the final table bubble when he ran his pocket fours into the pocket aces of Meulyzer. The Italian took home €25,000 for ninth place.

Check back tomorrow to find out who is the last man standing from an original field of 482. In the meantime, this is what they will be fighting for:

1. €390,000
2. €260,000
3. €147,000
4. €100,000
5. €81,000
6. €65,000
7. €49,000
8. €35,000