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Team Ivey Pro Kevin Vandersmissen came into the final table of the WPT National Brussels third in chips and looking for his first victory since 2012. Unfortunately, a “bluff” that got unlucky ultimately resulted in Kevin’s elimination in eighth place.
Kevin started the final table of the WPTN Brussels with 1.66 million and wasn’t about to just sit back and ladder up the payout list. Kevin raised from UTG+1 and was called by both Lasse Christiansen on the button and Nessim Dayan in the small blind.
The flop fell and Kevin bet out 110,000. Only Christiansen made the call. The turn fell the and action was checked. The river fell the and Kevin led out for 220,000. Christiansen then raised to 555,000, followed by a three-bet by Kevin to 890,000.
Christiansen made the call and Kevin turned over K-Q offsuit for a bluff. Ironically, that hand was good through the turn but Christiansen’s got there on the river. Christiansen’s straight left Kevin as one of the short stacks with just 800,000.
Kevin wasted little time trying to double-up. A few hands later, Dimitri Monfroy moved all-in from the button and Kevin made the call from the blinds. Monfroy had Kevin slightly covered and was ahead with against .…
This week’s Team Ivey Pro of the Week is #1 on the Belarus All-Time Money List. Alex Bolotin has career live tournament earnings of over $2.2 Million and 24 World Series of Poker cashes.
Alex’s best career score came in 2007 when he finished runner-up in the $5,000 NL Six-Max Event at the 2007 WSOP. He earned $504,686 for his strong run. Two years later, Alex made headlines when he won the Ante-Up For Africa Charity Event at the 2009 WSOP and proceeded to donate half of his winnings to charity.
The video below is Alex’s interview with PokerNews the day after winning the 2009 Ante-Up For Africa event. Ironically, the charity event was one of just four events filmed that year. Alex was a relative unknown to the casual poker community prior to the event, but the world knew of the man known as “Diesel” afterwards.