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Belgian Crowned European Deepstack Poker Champ

Christian Vanzieleghem Makes The Ultimate Comeback In European Deepstack Poker Championship V


The European Deepstack Poker Championship V attracted a total field of 590 to Dublin’s Ballsbridge Inn, creating a prize pool of €288,215. It was the first time the Deepstack took on a re-entry format, and of the 70 people who chose to take a second shot was the eventual winner Christian Vanzieleghem.

The Belgian was knocked out on day 1A by Frenchman Julien Duveau but bought back in to the €550 event on day 1B and dominated the field from there on in. A deal was made threehanded, but before Vanzieleghem could take the title and the €53,065 top prize, he would experience a bout of déjà vu as his final opponent was Julien Duveau.

The Frenchman’s past came back to haunt him as Vanzieleghem stared him down with a little over 16 million in chips to Duveau’s 13,160,000. History was not repeated and Vanzieleghem got his revenge, leaving the tournament for the second time, this time as the champion. Duveau took home €40,000 for his runner-up finish.

The final hand saw Vanzieleghem raise it up to 400,000 and Duveau made the call. The flop fell ASpade Suit 9Diamond Suit 7Spade Suit and Vazieleghem check-called Duveau’s 600,000 bet. The turn was the 8Heart Suit and Duveau checked. Vanzieleghem moved all in, covering the Frenchman, and Duveau went into the tank. He eventually made the call and flipped over ADiamond Suit 2Heart Suit but found he was behind the AHeart Suit 7Club Suit of the Belgian. The river was the QClub Suit and it was all over for Duveau.

Here are the final table results and payouts (including threehanded deal):

1. Christian Vanzieleghem (Belgium) €53,065
2. Julien Duveau (France) €40,000
3. Benjamin Dadon (France) €50,000
4. Youry De Winter (Belgium) €25,150
5. Anthony Guibert (France) €17,500
6. Daniel Carter (UK) €12,200
7. Junior Walden (Sweden) €8,700
8. Thomas Boivin (Belgium) €6,150
9. Andrew Wayman (UK) €4,350

The European Deepstack Poker Championship ran from Feb. 8-12 and featured a wide variety of side events including a High Roller event which attracted 19 players and was won by Ireland’s own Jason Tompkins. Tompkins took home €19,450 for his efforts.