Kevin Vandersmissen is one of the most successful Belgian poker players in history. The former construction worker has posted an impressive resume in just four short years and is now one of the most feared players in the game.
Kevin Vandersmissen's Biography
Kevin Vandersmissen did not take up the game after watching Moneymaker’s 2003 victory or even after watching Rounders. Instead, he became infatuated with the game after watching the 2006 remake of Casino Royale.
He began to study strategies, applied them to freeroll games to start, and ultimately made a small deposit to begin his bankroll. Originally starting out as “civel,” the man now known as “civell” online steadily worked his way up in stakes and now steadily crushes online tournaments.
Kevin’s largest online tournament score came in January 2013 when he took down the PokerStars Sunday 500. He navigated his way through a field of 857 runners to earn $77,130.
Earlier this year, Kevin made the final table of Event #19 of the Turbo Championship of Online Poker. He eventually finished in third and earned $69,911. Kevin has just shy of $1 million in earnings on PokerStars for his career. Kevin’s success online would lead him to try his hand at live tournament poker.
Kevin found success early on in his live career. His first two live cashes were victories, including a victory in a 2010 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza series. Later that year, he won the Full Tilt Poker Series Grand Final in Barcelona for $198,641.
In April 2011, Kevin caught the attention of the poker media after finishing runner-up in the EPT Snowfest and taking down $368k in prize money. While his EPT run was impressive, the 2012 Irish Open would become Kevin’s first major live poker title. Kevin navigated his way to a stacked final table and ultimately took down the event for his first major victory and $553k in prize money.
Kevin had another solid year in 2013 with deep runs in the WPT, EPT, and at the 2013 WSOP. He finished 14th in the $5,000 PL Hold’em Event and 11th in the $1,500 NL Hold’em Shootout Event.
At present, Kevin has over $1.62 Million in live tournament earnings. He sits second on the Belgium all-time money list and is second all-time in career cashes.
You can regularly find Kevin playing on the Ivey Poker App in between grinding live and online tournaments. We figure it is a matter of time before he starts taking down major titles in both arenas.