Eugene Katchalov

Heavy going

Last time I told you guys about my trip to New Zealand. We had an amazing time down there and I think I learned some things that can help me not to tilt as much in the future. One thing I didn't tell you about was how I was almost on tilt before I even arrived there. I was traveling to Macau from P...more

by Eugene Katchalov on December 10, 2013 7:05 AM

Stress relief from within

One of the keys to success as a poker player is keeping your emotions under control. Going off the rails is always a danger and it can be very expensive. That's why I want to learn more about meditation. Lots of people have preconceived ideas about what meditation is or isn't, but I've heard some...more

by Eugene Katchalov on November 13, 2013 7:08 AM

New York, New York - It's a wonderful town

I'm in Barcelona this week for the EPT, but I'm still thinking about my trip home. The six weeks after the end of the WSOP is the only time off in poker that's lengthy, so I decided to spend a month of it in one of my favorite places in the world - New York! One of my favorite views I was 10 year...more

by Eugene Katchalov on August 30, 2013 9:23 AM

Control what you can

If you follow my Twitter feed, then you know that near the start of the World Series of Poker, I tweeted, "Didn't think it was possible to run this bad for over a year, but apparently it is. Still feeling good and ready to turn it all around!" That tweet generated a great deal of response, publicly ...more

by Eugene Katchalov on July 1, 2013 1:46 PM

How reality TV got me in shape

For the last 18 months or so I've been working out six or seven days per week with ElkY and our trainer, Lincoln. I first ran into them during EPT London in October 2011, when ElkY was training for his boxing fight with Lex Veldhuis. I had just spent four weeks in Ukraine and put on a lot of weight ...more

by Eugene Katchalov on March 5, 2013 8:13 AM

Chase me out the door

When's the last time you closed a bank account? Unless you've made a major move in the last few years, I'll bet it's been a while. I was forced to close one a few months ago - and it had nothing to do with my recent move from New York to Las Vegas. It all started in early 2012. My bank, JP Morgan C...more

by Eugene Katchalov on February 8, 2013 6:51 AM

Hiking down the poker road

When you're a poker pro, you wind up spending lots of time on the road. It's almost unavoidable, especially if you're constantly seeking out the best games and the best tournaments. Three or four years ago I was playing poker, but not the way I am now. Back then New York was my home and I would stay...more

by Eugene Katchalov on November 24, 2012 7:33 AM

WCOOP 2012: Wishing you all second places!

WCOOP holds a special place in my heart. Besides being the most important online poker tournament series of the year, it is also where I have won a bracelet. Now, just like some of the live poker tournaments that I have won, I find myself chasing that same incredible feeling. Traveling the world mos...more

by Eugene Katchalov on September 4, 2012 8:20 AM

PokerStars 10th Anniversary: I'm playing the $10m Sunday Million!

On December 18th PokerStars will be holding an absolutely amazing event. For its 10th Anniversary, they will boost the Sunday Million guarantee to an incredible $10 Million prize pool. What this means is that there will most likely be 50,000+ players all paying just $200 for a chance to win $2 Mil...more

by Eugene Katchalov on December 12, 2011 8:52 AM

My first WSOP bracelet

Though I enjoy Stud and was looking forward to playing the $1,500 WSOP Stud event if the opportunity arose, that day I was definitely concentrating much more on the 5k no-limit hold'em tournament that I was still in. Alas, I busted out of that event at around 7pm, got some dinner with friends, and s...more

by Eugene Katchalov on June 7, 2011 5:29 AM

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