Kirill Telezhkin wins big in debut Russian Poker Series event
PokerStars set a new benchmark for live events with the successful conclusion of the first Russian Poker Series tournament, held in Kyiv in the Ukraine. This was the largest-ever event held in the CIS countries, with 258 players generating an impressive $688,215 prize pool.
After four hard days, it was 18-year-old online player Kirill Telezkin who came out on top at the Kreschatyk Poker Club, taking home $171,350 and an entry into the PokerStars.net RPS Kiev Grand Final event.
The young Russian beat players from 20 different countries to the title, including tough opponents like Team PokerStars Pros Ivan Demidov (16th place) and Vadim Markushevski, as well as a member of Team PokerStars Online, Denis 'Diatty' Sherbakov (21st place). Nikolay Chorny from Ukraine finished second for $103,200.
The final, played under the lights of a TV set, produced some great poker and was largely a local affair. English PokerStars qualifier Steven Taylor was the exception. He busted in seventh place when his A-J failed to overtake his opponent's pocket queens. When asked if he found it difficult being the only non-Russian speaker at the table, he joked: "No, it doesn't bother me too much. Anyway, they understand me perfectly when I say 'all in'."
PokerStars Russian Poker Series Kiev Main Event results:
1. Kirill Telezkin (Russia) - $171,350
2. Nikolay Chorny (Ukraine) - $103,200
3. Andrey Guliy (Russia) - $75,700
4. Valery Ilikian (Russia) - $55,050
5. Mark Kitov (Russia) - $43,600
6. Shakhnovich Mikhail (Russia) - $34,400
7. Sergey Schipcov (Russia) - $27,150
8. Steven Taylor (Great Britain) - $20,600
9. Zharko Aleksey (Ukraine) - $15,100
If you read Russian, and it's really not that hard once you get the hang of it*, then you can head over to our sister Russian blog for more detailed RPS reports.
For more information about the Russian Poker Series and how you can get your seat at the next event, scheduled for Latvia in August, visit the RPS tour page.
* Of course I don't read Russian. Have you seen the letters they use?