Kravchenko Becomes a PokerStar

Kravchenko Becomes a PokerStar

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

The guy has been one of the most prominent players on the tournament circuit, but finally Russian poker wizard Alex Kravchenko has finally got his reward, having been signed up to Team PokerStars by the leading online poker site.

The move solidifies what has been a relationship between Kravchenko and Stars, and also goes to show that the Eastern European market is an emerging force on the poker playing circuit.

Before his new career in poker, Kravchenko was a business investor in Russia. He had some success at home, winning tournaments as early as 1997, but it wasn't until the 2007 WSOP, however, that the Russian broke through in a big way, winning his first bracelet in that year's $1,500 Omaha Eight event, winning $228,446 along the way.

Kravchenko’s run didn’t stop there though, as Alex ended up cashing in fourth in last year's Main Event, behind only Raymond Rahme, Tuan Lam and the eventual winner, Jerry Yang. The $1,852,721 win there was the largest of his career, bringing his tournament winnings to more than $2,500,000. The signing is one which we think is long overdue, and congratulations to Alex as he joins the other Team PokerStars Pro members.

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