Mediterranean poker cup (1st May - 11th may, 2015)
Tell us, please when did your poker career start?
I started playing in 1977 while being a student of one of the Moscow Universities. We played 5-card draw then. The 5-card draw barely resembles modern poker, but the rules and principles of the game are similar. Students in those days played mostly Preferance, but poker started gaining attention, too. Later, in 1984 I learned the 5-card stud game and played it for some years. So, obviously my poker career did not begin with Texas Hold’em. I got introduced to Hold’em for the first time in Dublin in 1989 at the Irish Open, a famous tournament I have been attending since. It is one of my favorites; I have participated in it 15 times already. Irish Open was the first European NLH tournament ever and it is still joined by the old-school players. Unfortunately, I have not succeeded considerably in Irish Open until today, although I won a couple of cash games. Usually, it was third, fifth etc. place in side events.
How long have you been coming to Merit Poker?
I started coming here 9 years ago. Mr. Cevdet, my friend and Merit Poker coordinator, needed some assistance on organizing first Merit Poker events, so I helped as much as I could and have not missed even one single tournament since then. This is my second home, it always feels like it.