Igor Kurganov

Igor Kurganov

Igor Kurganov is one of the most successful poker players of all time, with millions won in the biggest tournaments around the world. Raised in St. Petersburg, and later Germany, he studied Mathematics and Economics at University, inadvertently learning many of the skills needed to be a winning poker player.


Like others of his generation, Igor cut his teeth online, building up his skills gradually. Today he plays a range of Hold’em tables at PokerStars, but it’s on the live poker scene where he’s made the biggest impact, owning several events in what used to be known as the European Poker Tour (EPT). After numerous impressive results, Igor made what he considers to be his major breakthrough by finishing 2nd in a High Roller event in London, where he was happy to finish as runner-up to close friend Phillip Gruissem. Major highlights also include a massive win for $1,425,874 in a High Roller event at the 2012 Grand Final in Monaco - a personal career highpoint for Igor, as he got to beat Daniel Negreanu heads-up. This was followed by a 3rd place finish in the 2014 Super High Roller for $1,559,373, again in Monaco. He then made the final table in the same event in 2015 and 2016, cashing for a total of $1,317,128. Big results elsewhere include wins and final tables in Las Vegas, and at the 2013 Aussie Millions, where a string of results saw him cash for over a million dollars.   

Already good friends with many of the biggest names in Team PokerStars Pro, and a popular face on the circuit, Igor is a great addition to the team, and will no doubt continue to help shape the game of poker for years to come.

Career Highlights

EventDatePositionPrize
Aria $25,000 High Roller October 2016 1st $328,155
PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final - €100,000 Super High Roller April 2016 4th $709,463
EPT Prague €50,000 Super High Roller December 2015 3rd $408,270
PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final - €100,000 Super High Roller May 2015 5th $607,665
Aria $50,000 Super High Roller December 2014 1st $637,000
PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final - €100,000 Super High Roller April 2014 3rd $1,559,373
GuangDong Asia Millions – HKD $1,000,000 Main Event June 2013 6th $1,069,137
Aussie Millions – AUD $250,000 Challenge February 2013 4th $527,849
Aussie Millions – AUD $100,000 Challenge January 2013 2nd $643,976
PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final - €25,500 High Roller April 2012 1st $1,425,874
EPT London £20,500 High Roller October 2011 2nd $497,499

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