Alex Kravchenko

The slings and arrows of poker life

September was the coldest and rainiest September in Moscow for the last 100 years. It kept me inside more than I prefer, but it gave me a chance to recover from a knee injury I suffered earlier this year. Part of what I love about the poker life so much is that it allows me to spend lots of time ou...more

by Alex Kravchenko on November 18, 2013 7:36 AM

My summer secret weapon

Another summer for me meant another summer in Vegas at the WSOP. I hate trading the nice summertime in Europe for the desert heat. I would far prefer that the WSOP would be in some other time of year. Even in May (like it was originally) would be better than playing in June and July. It seems to me...more

by Alex Kravchenko on July 8, 2013 4:30 AM

Olympic swimming

These days it seems like everybody is trying to get in shape in some way. People are exercising. People are changing their diets. More people are beginning to understand that even though poker is a mind sport, good physical form is still very important. Tournament days require a great deal of stamin...more

by Alex Kravchenko on April 12, 2013 7:04 AM

My private Baden

In late October I traveled to Baden, Austria for the 2012 Poker EM series. This year marked my 9th year in a row traveling to this fantastic spa town near Vienna. To be honest, I've never understood why this event isn't more popular. Baden is located about 25km south of Vienna. It's close enough to...more

by Alex Kravchenko on November 30, 2012 6:40 AM

Get ready for SCOOP!

If you've been looking forward to another series of PokerStars SCOOP - the Spring Championship of Online Poker - then the good news is we've now got the schedule. As usual the list of SCOOP tournaments covers all the main poker formats, with small, medium and large buy-ins for each event. My favori...more

by Alex Kravchenko on March 9, 2011 10:00 AM

Trapping with a big hand pre-flop, by Alex Kravchenko

by Alex Kravchenko One of the most important strategies in MTTs is varying your game. That means that in similar situations with similar hands you must occasionally play a different way. For example, when you have a big hand pre-flop and there's a raise in front of you, sometimes you re-raise and s...more

by Simon Young on December 31, 2009 10:03 AM

WCOOP Event #22: Kravchenko likes this structure

Omaha hi-lo split is a kind of poker game where you can see more action than in any other kind of poker and this final table was a good example of this statement - chips were changing hands fast, players stacks were going up and down. For example "PieOhMy" started with 816k , then was down to about...more

by Brad Willis on September 16, 2008 1:55 PM