Ivan Demidov

The right motivation

In my poker career, my biggest challenge has always been motivation. Since I travel so much, it's difficult for me to get into a steady routine when it comes to playing online. It's impossible to play your best game 100% of the time when you play for one or two days, then take a break for a week to ...more

by Ivan Demidov on February 6, 2014 10:18 AM

The World Series of Déjà vu

Since the WSOP, I've been on vacation. I have a very tight schedule coming up this autumn and it was the only time I could squeeze in some relaxation. I took a trip by myself to a Greek island called Rhodes and went windsurfing for the first time in my life. The island is home to some very famous su...more

by Ivan Demidov on September 13, 2013 7:58 AM

It's wise to specialize

When I'm facing a big life decision, I try to take a short break from my everyday routine. I find that the time away brings me a lot of clarity. After the PCA I needed to unplug for a while, so I took a ski holiday in France with my girlfriend and our three year-old son. It was the first time in yea...more

by Ivan Demidov on April 18, 2013 7:01 AM

The Office

My story is not unlike what every professional poker player has gone through if he's been in the game for a long enough time. When I started playing over seven years ago, poker was only a hobby. I liked beating people at such a challenging game and it also had some real, tangible rewards. I took bre...more

by Ivan Demidov on February 25, 2013 8:54 AM

Custom built

I haven't been traveling much the last few months. Normally I play every EPT and every Russian Poker Series event, in addition to the WSOP and the PCA. I play a lot of tournaments. But the Russian Poker Series went on hiatus recently for various reasons, and there are fewer EPT events this season. S...more

by Ivan Demidov on November 27, 2012 6:52 AM