EPT: Profielen van de finalisten

De Zweed Martin Jacobson begint morgen als chipleader aan de finaletafel van de EPT Deauville. Onze ogen zijn toch vooral gericht op de Vlaming Kenny Hallaert. Hij kan de eerste Belgische EPT winnaar ooit worden. Hallaert begint de finaletafel in de middenmoot als derde in chips. Lees hier meer over hem en over de andere finalisten.
 
Seat 1: Anthony Hnatow, 22, Ozoir-La-Ferriere, France – 1,644,000 chips
Anthony is a student in Computer Engineering who’s been playing NLHE for three years. He doesn’t want to play other variants saying he’d rather wait until he’s perfected Hold’em. His favorite hunting ground is the cash-game table, online at first (under the nickname ”nartoof”) and recently in Paris cardrooms. Since the French online gaming market was regulated in June 2010, Anthony has started playing more tournaments because, he explains, the fields on French websites are a bit easier to navigate. He played his first live tournament last December during the Forges-Les-Eaux stop of the PokerStars France Poker Series. That’s when he decided he would play EPT Deauville. If Anthony wins tomorrow, he plans to buy a house and turn it into a night-club, complete with entry fee and all!
 
Seat 2: Julien Claudepierre, 24, France – 3,244,000 chips
Like many people, Julien discovered poker watching the movie “Rounders” in 2006.. He started by playing micro-stakes online cash-games and then slowly moved up the ranks. He is now a regular at the €5/€10 tables under the user id “Garrincho”. He mainly plays NLHE but also took up PLO recently. After completing his engineering studies 18 months ago, Julien decided to make the leap towards professional poker. His best results to date are victory in a €100,000 guaranteed online tournament and an 11th place finish at the Spanish Poker Tour final stop in 2010. During Day 5 of EPT Deauville, Julien knocked his good friend Fabrice Soulier. Apart from poker, Julien loves football – especially Zinedine Zidane and the French team ‘AS Nancy’.
 
Seat 3: Martin Jacobson, 23, Sweden, PokerStars qualifier – 7,280,000 chips
PokerStars qualifier Martin Jacobson, who goes into the final as chip leader, has numerous great results to his name including his most recent and biggest cash – runner-up at EPT Vilamoura in Portugal last September for €297,985. Other deep runs include third place at EPT Budapest in Season 5 for €197,904, runner-up at WPT Venice last year for €238,840 and a fourth place finish in the World Series $1,500 side event last summer for $183,345. His live tournament winnings are now over $1.3 million. Jacobson won his seat to Deauville via the EPT Steps satellites on New Year’s Day.
 
Seat 4: Ruslan Prydryk, 38, Lugansk , Ukraine – 1,154,000 chips
Prydryk has been playing EPTs for several years and first came to notice when he made the final of EPT Warsaw in Season 6. He finished fifth in that event for around €75,000 – his biggest ever cash. He has also enjoyed some other good EPT finishes including 48th place at EPT Prague just before Christmas for €10,000 and 91st place at EPT Berlin last season for €11,000 – as well as winning a local event in Yalta, Ukraine last May for €67,000. Former lawyer Prydryk has been playing poker for more than four years now and now considers himself a pro. He is being supported in France by his wife Oksana; the couple’s 13-year-old daughter Irisa is at home. Prydryk’s biggest poker success was winning the 2009 Gary Bowman Cup when he became the poker champion of Ukraine. Outside of poker, he enjoys watching and playing football.
 
Seat 5 : Kaspars Renga, 44, Riga, Latvia – 470,000 chips
Renga doesn’t describe himself as a professional player. He plays a lot of poker but his day job is running a hunting magazine. This is Renga’s fourth EPT cash out of only seven tries. The 44-year-old has already made the money twice in Barcelona (Season 6 and 7) and Prague just a month ago. Those results come in addition to a string of final tables and deep runs in smaller tourneys in Lithuania, Estonia and his native Latvia. His most lucrative cash before now was runner-up in a €1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha side event (“my favorite game”, he says) during EPT Berlin for €29,700. Renga is being supported by his wife and two children who are following his progress from home.
 
Seat 6: Alex Wice, 22, Toronto, Canada – PokerStars qualifier – 6,248,000 chips
Alex has been playing poker since before he went to high school. He carried on playing part-time while at Waterloo University studying Maths before dropping out to play full-time in August 2008 after winning PokerStars’ Sunday Warm Up for $135,000. He is a regular online high stakes MTT player and has also been playing live for the last two years. He cashed at EPT London in season six but his big breakthrough in live events came at last summer’s WSOP where he came third for $102,314 in the $2,500 World Championship Mixed Events 8 game. All his focus since he turned pro has been on improving his game and he does a lot of research analysing hands on his computer. He credits a lot of his success with deep stack tournament play to Xuan Liu, who also played here, and has helped him over the last few months.
 
Seat 7: Kenny “SpaceyFCB” Hallaert, 29, Namur, Belgium – 3,599,000 chips
Hallaert is a semi-professional player who lives in Namur and runs tournaments at the local casino. He also runs marketing for the casino catering for non-French speakers. He’s played numerous EPTs (his guess is anything from ten to 15) and has qualified for most of them. Making the final – where he’s guaranteed at least €66,800 – is not his biggest live result. He came sixth at the Master Classics in Amsterdam in 2009 for €86,184 and last season, he came 37th at the EPT Grand Final for €35,000. He also won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up tourney in January 2009 and was top of the PokerStars TLB the same month. He is now keen to become the first ever Belgian EPT champion.
 
Seat 8: Lucien Cohen, 47, Paris, France – 3,085,000 chips
Lucien Cohen is an amateur player who enjoys playing Pot Limit Omaha cash games. He’s been playing poker for 20 years having started, like many in France, with good old five card draw. Since EPT Deauville started, Lucien has been repeatedly seen showing table mates and spectators a plastic rat which he was often “kissed” while playing all-in pots. This lucky charm is actually the official mascot of the pest control company Cohen owns in Paris. Cohen is being supported in Deauville by his wife, kid sister and various friends and is very excited about playing an EPT final table. He plans to play more live tournaments in the future.
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14 Comments

  1. Hij zit er zo vaak bij dat ie m.i. die 1e prijs nu wel een keer verdient ! GoGo K.

  2. Hij zit er zo vaak bij dat ie m.i. die 1e prijs nu wel een keer verdient ! GoGo K.

  3. He is now keen to become the first ever Belgian EPT champion.
    Dat zou toch vreselijk zijn. 😉 Janner 5621 EPT: Profielen van de finalisten [email protected] 2011-01-31 16:03:00 2 62.163.79.45_x000D_
    13208 GO Kenny! Janner 5621 EPT: Profielen van de finalisten [email protected] 2011-01-31 16:03:00 2 62.163.79.45_x000D_
    13209 Volgens mij won hij ook nog een side event in Monaco 2009
    500 speed of zo, voor 26k meen ik
    Symphatieke gast, gun m een EPT titel pokerface 5621 EPT: Profielen van de finalisten [email protected] 2011-01-31 16:05:00 2 80.56.128.19_x000D_
    13210 Na de ‘Vloek van Monte Carlo’ gun ik hem deze titel zeker. Buitengewone symphatiek kerel ook. Fruithof 5621 EPT: Profielen van de finalisten [email protected] 2011-01-31 16:09:00 2 84.28.68.18_x000D_
    13211 LOL
    Kenny from the Netherlands”
    http://www.pokerstars.tv/poker-video-8553-ept-deauville-2011-welcome-to-the-final-table.html

  4. He is now keen to become the first ever Belgian EPT champion.
    Dat zou toch vreselijk zijn. 😉 Janner 5621 EPT: Profielen van de finalisten [email protected] 2011-01-31 16:03:00 2 62.163.79.45_x000D_
    13208 GO Kenny! Janner 5621 EPT: Profielen van de finalisten [email protected] 2011-01-31 16:03:00 2 62.163.79.45_x000D_
    13209 Volgens mij won hij ook nog een side event in Monaco 2009
    500 speed of zo, voor 26k meen ik
    Symphatieke gast, gun m een EPT titel pokerface 5621 EPT: Profielen van de finalisten [email protected] 2011-01-31 16:05:00 2 80.56.128.19_x000D_
    13210 Na de ‘Vloek van Monte Carlo’ gun ik hem deze titel zeker. Buitengewone symphatiek kerel ook. Fruithof 5621 EPT: Profielen van de finalisten [email protected] 2011-01-31 16:09:00 2 84.28.68.18_x000D_
    13211 LOL
    Kenny from the Netherlands”
    http://www.pokerstars.tv/poker-video-8553-ept-deauville-2011-welcome-to-the-final-table.html

  5. Damn, start als 3e in chips en finished als 6e … daar zal wel weer ergens een vies handje tussenzitten. GG Kenny.

  6. Damn, start als 3e in chips en finished als 6e … daar zal wel weer ergens een vies handje tussenzitten. GG Kenny.

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