Popular russsians that made a lot of money gambling

Casino gambling in Russia falls under strict guidelines that prove to limit the punters living in the country. Controversy also surrounds playing in casinos. Some politicians feel that it is no different from casino betting, while others think of it as a sport. This murkiness has paved the way for a great deal of confusion among punters. Even so, many poker players in Russia have gone international with their skills, playing in tons of poker tournaments across the globe. Let us take a look at some players who have proven that it takes more than luck to emerge a winner in casino gambling:

Ivan Demidov

Ivan Demidov

Ivan also goes by the name Soul and has been playing poker since 2006. He stands as the runner up in the 2008 world series of poker main event, where he finished second to Peter Eastgate. This popular poker player, who lives in Moscow, Russia, has nine cashes to his name. Of these, one was in Europe where he walked away with $596,033, and the eight were in the world series of poker. In the latter instance, he made $5,962,722, bringing his total earnings from poker tournaments to $6,558,755.

Ivan has made a name for himself in the poker world, and many people consider him to be a legend. Ever since he won second place in the main event in the world series of poker, he has been an inspiration to many. Poker has gone through many changes to date, but the tournament has not changed that much. While Ivan was not able to clinch the win, he stands as the best player, given that no other Russian has made it thus far. But he still stands second to Igor Kurganov.

Ivan started by playing computer games such as Starcraft and Warcraft, where he would go up against opponents from across the globe. His love for these games introduced him to a friend who got him into poker. Ivan started playing online, where he created an account with a deposit of $50. The game was not that appealing to him when he first began, and he quit soon after. But when the time came for him to graduate from the university, his interest in the game spiked. He started playing it more, seeing as people were making good money from the sport. His notion was that if he could make money from sitting in front of a computer, he could avoid getting regular work. 

From then on, he took a keen interest in the game, engaging in forums where he learned more about limits and ROIs. He learned how to deal with his bankroll, and soon enough, he was playing in the big leagues.

World Series of Poker

Under the 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker, he walked away with $37,019, coming in at the 280th place. Five years later, in the 49th Annual World Series of Poker, he walked away with $57,010, having come up in the 136th position. He keeps getting better at it, raising the standards for other players.

Alex Kravchenko

Alex Kravchenko Alex was the first Russian citizen to walk away with a world series of poker gold bracelet, thus making a mark in history. He has decades of experience in the game, having started back in 1998. His biggest achievement so far is placing fourth in the world series of poker main event in 2007.

He has 41 cashes so far, bringing his total earnings in the game to $2,834,140. Of these, 39 are from the world series of poker, 1 from the circuit, and 1 from Europe. The earnings are $2,794,399, $3,684 and $36,057 respectively.


His journey in poker started slow, as he was an avid blackjack professional gambler. Once he got into it, he enjoyed the competition aspect in the game, as well as the opportunity to show his mental strength. He believes that poker relies on probabilities and mathematics and believes that his experience gives him what it takes to consider the key factors. As a poker player, he has spent an average of six hours a day training for games, a show that winning is not as easy as it may look.

In the 2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker, he walked away with $2,949 in the 165th position. The win was under the Event #68: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship. A year later, in the 2016 47th Annual World Series of Poker, he made $15,000.

Lika Gerasimova

Lika Gerasimova

Lika, who lives in Moscow, Russia, started playing poker in 2005 and has great respect for Phil Hellmuth. She is an NL100 poker player with 8 cashes to her name. All these are from the world series of poker, bringing her earnings to $216,020. 

She made $25,235 in the 2016 47th Annual World Series of Poker and is an inspiration to female players who want to play professional poker.

There are many other big names in the industry, all who have changed the way people at large look at poker and other casino games.