Russian Poker Tour crowns new winner

ps_news_thn.jpgThe Russian Poker is back and has crowned a brand new champion.

This weekend in Kyiv, Ukraine, 123 players sat down for the Main Event and played for the $220,720 prize pool. Some of the biggest names in Russian poker showed up to play, including Alex Kravchenko, Ivan Demidov, Alexander Dovzhenko, WCOOP bracelet winner Vadim Markushevsky, and ET Kyiv champion Maxim Lykov.

On the fourth day of play, the final table players worked their way through an eleven hours battle and down to a dead even heads-up battle between Vadim Markushevsky and Vadim Kursevich. Rather than fight a protracted battle, both players moved all-in on the first hand of play. Markushevsky held ace-seven to Kursevich's king-queen. Kursevich spiked two pair on the flop and held on to win the championship.

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Kursevich walked away with the $63,123 first prize, well enough to buy him into the next event on the tour. That tournament will find RPT players headed south to Egypt to play in the Sharm El Shaikh event in two weeks.

Congratulations to Kursevich, and good luck to all the players in Egypt.

Brad Willis
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