One of the fastest rising talents in the tournament poker world, Belarusian Vadim Kursevich still remains fairly unknown to many. Considering he only has fifteen live tournament cashes to his name, his low profile is understandable. However, Vadim is a player that clearly puts quality over quanitity, for these cashes combine for a total of over $2,000,000 in tournament earnings.
After some success in events on the Russian poker tour back in 2009, Kursevich took to playing the EPT and made his first cash there in 2011. Incidentally, his first in-the-money finish at this series was a mammoth one, where he came in third at the Berlin €5,000 Main Event for $426,961. To claim this large prize, he got past such legends as future WSOP Main Event winner Martin Jacobson and online boss Salman ‘salfshb’ Behbehani.
Before 2011 closed out, Vadim had made another three final tables – two of which were at EPT events. The final one was at the €5,000 Pot Limit Omaha – Omaha Cup event at WPT Paris. Although Kursevich wasn’t able to seal the win after finishing in third, his deep run showed that he was able to excel at variants outside of No Limit Hold’em.
His most notable achievement came the following year at the start of 2012. Kicking off the new year in the best way possible, Vadim ended up winning the EPT Deauville €5,000 Main Event for a huge $1,150,756. Becoming the winner of a major poker title just three years into his live career made Vadim one of the most exciting prospects to ever come out of Belarus. Before the year played out, he came close to picking up a second accolade in the form of a WSOP bracelet. Unfortunately, Kursevich was not able to get his hands on the gold after he busted in third place at the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha event for $158,530.
Since 2012, Vadim hasn’t been so active on the live circuit and his online presence has been kept under wraps. He was a player that struck while the iron was hot, making millions during his short period of activity.