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Exclusive interview with Alexander Kravchenko, a monster in the World of Poker
Alexander Kravchenko is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world. Complete where you look, he has been playing poker for 14 years, not just Texas Holdem, but also in other modalities. He had great results in his career, especially he won the WSOP bracelet in 2007, in the event # 9, Omaha Hi Low. We present you a short but interesting exclusive interview to a player of the first level, days before leaving to participate in the WSOP.
How did you start in the world of poker?
I was a professional gambler – mostly blackjack against casino.
Did the fourth place in the main event in the WSOP 2007 was an inflexion point in your proffesional carrer?
No. It was just a big, maybe even a huge score, but overall it didn’t changed my career at all.
What means to you to be a PokerStars Team Pro?
I think it’s very prestigious to be a Team Pro, also they are paying me some money for this advertising.
Alexander Kravchenko nació en Arkhangelsk, antigua Unión Soviética, el 21 de abril de 1971. Actualmente vive en Moscú. Está casado y tiene 2 hijos.
Kravchenko es una de las nuevas promesas del póquer ruso. Es un jugador experimentado que dio sus primeros pasos en el mundo del póquer en el año 1997 jugando a la modalidad Oasis, una variedad del Stud caribeño, en los casinos de Moscú y sus alrededores.
No tardó en darse cuenta de que las auténticas ganancias estaban en el Texas Holdem, así que empezó a aprender a jugar esta modalidad y a participar en torneos a lo largo y ancho de Europa cosechando buenos resultados.
Completing his education, he became an astute businessman and quickly found success, along with the ability to invest in various businesses in Russia. But it was during his leisure time that he took up blackjack and began to frequent gaming establishments. He did well at the game and moved on to Oasis, a form of poker that was similar to Caribbean Stud. Alexander Kravchenko’s Profile
However, he couldn’t help but notice the trend in the late 1990’s that involved poker. Kravchenko realized the level of skill that was involved and the game and quickly set about studying it. He began to play primarily hold’em in casinos, and the money he made eclipsed that from his businesses, so the focus of his energies centered on poker tournaments going forward. By 1997, he was a recognized player in local establishments, and his tournament play began to show results in 1999.
The first tournament series Kravchenko played was the Moscow International in December of 1999, and he made final tables of three events, two of them hold’em and one of them seven-card stud. By 2001, he was traveling to more events, final tabling tournaments at the Open Championships of Russia in St. Petersburg, the Vienna Spring Festival, the Austrian Masters, the Autumn Tournament in Paris, the Winter Tournament Olympia in St. Petersburg, and the Helsinki Freezeout. He claimed victories at the Olympia and the Moscow Open that year as well.