Denys Prydvor

med denys prydvorMediterranean poker cup (1st May - 11th may, 2015)

Where are you from?
I am from Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. I am 25 years old and have been playing poker for nearly 5 years. For the last two years I have been paying considerable attention to the game. I played different poker varieties but Texas Hold’em is my favorite.

Do you play online?
Actually, I play only online and this is my second live tournament. I have been to the EPT in Malta and came here afterwards. I suppose that the next poker series I will visit is Merit Poker again.

Why did you like Merit Poker event?
Because I travel with my wife, I have found the best combination of poker tournament and holiday here, in Merit. We both liked the place very much. Sea, sun, very tasty food, first-class services – what else a poker player would want? I arrived at 5 p.m. and sat down to the table at 7 p.m. to play, and won! This is simply incredible, perfect welcome.

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Dmitriy Nemirovskiy

dmitriy nemirovskiy
Winter fest'15 (8th january - 19th january, 2015)

Congratulations on your great success! It was a long and tough competition, are you happy?
Thank you. Yes, it was a long way to come and I am incredibly happy and pleased with myself. This is my first victory in the Main Event and I am satisfied with the results.

How long have you been playing Texas Hold’em?
I have been in the game for eight-nine years already. I started playing with my friends in casinos in Moscow first, and after gaining certain skills and game knowledge, I moved further on.

What countries have you visited to participate in poker events?
I have travelled a lot, practically all over the world. I have been to America, to various EPT events, to Ukraine when they had poker events organized in Kyiv. I played in Moscow, and came to Merit Poker many times.

And what was your biggest win until now?
Although this is my first Main Event victory, it is not my biggest money prize that I have won. In 2012, I got over $180K in Las Vegas, taking the third place in one of the events.

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Dmitriy Gromov

dmitriy gromovWinter fest'15 (8th january - 19th january, 2015)

Merit Poker: Congratulations on your victory! This was a good start of your new poker year 2015. What do you think?
Yes, it is the good beginning but the Main Event is ahead so nothing is definite yet. I am happy with my victory, of course and hope that it will give a kick to more.

Merit Poker: What tournament did you visit last in the 2014?
I played in Prague but with no success, I am afraid.

Merit Poker: How was your last poker year?
Quite good, I suppose. Although I did not become the first in the WPT Merit Cyprus Classic'14 Main Event here in September but I consider my second place a decent achievement in my poker career.

Merit Poker: But you wished you were the first last time we spoke, did not you?
Well, sure, but something you want does not always come to you. And it’s good, you have to work on the further improvement, develop your game skills even more to reach the desirable.

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Azamat Astanov

astanovWinter fest'15 (8th january - 19th january, 2015)

How many years have you been playing Texas Hold’em?
I began playing Texas Hold’em two years ago by myself first and then I was introduced to other poker players, who took me to the first poker event. I lost on the first day but slowly got to know my opponents and started winning. I learned the game by regular practice; I did not take any poker lessons or coaching. I believe that practice makes perfect.

What other types of poker do you play?
Sometimes I play Omaha, very seldom though. Texas Hold’em is my favorite.

Is it your first visit to Merit Poker?
My friends, who played in the events before, told me about Texas Hold’em tournaments of Merit Poker. I came here once with my other friend for the WPT in September 2014. So, this is my second time and I would like to say that this place is marvelous. I enjoy playing and staying in Merit. This time the weather was bad – this is my only complaint. Otherwise, the staff, services and food are super. The field is very friendly, just like one big family.

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Merit Poker Ladies Team

ladies teamPlease, meet the most beautiful players, the real poker sharks, who have already proved many times that poker is not a "men only game" – Team Ladies Poker Big Roger’s Hairabedian!

Merit Poker: How many years have you been playing poker?
Vichy: I have been playing Texas Hold’em for 4 years.
Doudou and Giulia: We have been playing for six years already. And Jackie has been managing our team - she found us, called and organized the ladies’ team. She is the Boss.
Cecile: And I have been playing for two years. I am a baby poker player.
Merit Poker: How did you start playing the game? Did you meet each other before?
Vichy: I started playing Texas Hold’em in Italy with my friends. They were saying “Vichy, let’s play poker with us”. And I was like “What is poker? How is it played? What are the rules?” and so on. I was really curious to learn all of it.
Cecile: I started playing just for fun. I won once, twice and then I thought “Wow, what is this game that I can win over and over again?” So, I learned the game and loved it even more.

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