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The Best Poker Players of 2015
The Best Poker Players of 2015

So again here we are with the hardest of tasks to define who the best players of the year were. We couldn’t do that with the great precision without gigabytes of statistics and army of specialists. So we’ve got some data to build an adequate rating of the best poker players of 2015.

Let’s use our logic. We’ll start with the definition of the term ‘best’. What does it take to be the best player? The biggest earner or the most frequent ITMer? Maybe the one who played the biggest number of tournaments or the biggest number of cash tables? What is the main criteria to define world best poker player?

Yeah, we have to forget about cash games, unfortunately. There are many top poker players playing cash only. But cash games always stay aside. Nobody knows who won the biggest money playing cash. No exact, no approximate figures. And we won’t try to think out all the numbers.

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Chinese poker in Prague: Russians were unequaled!!!
Chinese poker in Prague: Russians were unequaled!!!

TonyBet OFC mini-series on Open Faced Chinese Poker finished in Czech Republic on Prague Poker festival. Russian players showed themselves from the best side and proved they owe this discipline. Russian Maxim Panyak won High Roller title and Alexandra Usoltseva triumphed on Main Event!

Opening tournament was the little one. 108 players took part in it. There were lots of recognizable names but the prize money weren’t that big.

Opening tournament of TonyBet OFC Results:

  1. Isabelle Mercier (Canada) – €10,189
  2. Frank Gohletr (Germany) – €6,304
  3. Petteri Heinonen (Finland) – €4,081
  4. Jan Stefek (Czech Republic) – €2,999.

As you can see, there is no Russians among those names.

€10,000 High Roller was much more interesting. There were two Russians in the heads-up: Maxim Panyak and Evgeny Kocherov!

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WSOP ME final table participants have paid $10 million in taxes!
WSOP ME final table participants have paid $10 million in taxes!

Loyalty of tax system in Russia is appreciated times and times better than those in Europe and the USA. World Series Main Event finalists paid on average 46% of their winnings to the state! The only one that came off clear is Pierre Neuville…

Winnings in Russia are paid according to standard income tax and there is certainly no mentioning of “professional poker players” in the law. As usual, it is very dark forest without trodden paths and foresters huts, speaking metaphorically – and there are just wild beasts and fallen pines on the way.

And this matter has been resolved on the West ages ago. And the result is in favor of state. Poker players in the ISA are forced to pay 50% from what they win. And since World Series finalists do live in America, they are no exception to this rule.

Let us take the winner Joe McKeehen, for example. Without taxes his winnings were $7,683,346, with them -- $4,297,394! We will save you time by making calculations – it is $3,073,240 to the Internal Revenue Service of the United States (basic income tax) and over $300,000 to the local authorities budgets of the state and the city of participant.

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First legal poker club is about to open in Russia
First legal poker club is about to open in Russia

The opening in St. Petersburg is scheduled on November, 1. At least one professionally organized tournament will be scheduled a week. There will be no prizes for the winners and no buy-ins. The club is cooperating with prosecutors organization and when it opens it becomes the first in the city (and, possibly, in the country) officially operating poker house.

Quoting the author of the idea:

“We invite you for the opening of The First Legal Poker Club in St. Petersburg. We play money-free professional tournament Texas Hold’em. We don’t have buy-ins and rebuys. Everybody is in equal conditions.  We’re planning to open and hold the first tournament on November 1.

We’re planning to systematically have weekly sport poker tournament, where people with same interests will be able to play without taking any risk. After each tournament day we’ll keep records and write the results down to the tournament table.

The most recent info appears at the club’s official VK page, and there are 335 people in it already.

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The biggest poker event of the year will take place in Ukraine
The biggest poker event of the year will take place in Ukraine

Kharkov city is so rigorous, that all the bans and crises are the child’s play to it. “Kreschatik” is closed, “Imperial” is closed, everything is closed – except for the clubs in Kharkov. The last bastion of poker in Ukraine is not going to yield and, what is more, is going to arrange the biggest event on its land!

From October, 22 to October, 31 THREE Kharkov clubs at the same time will see the event of Ukranian series WSF Poker Tour with 750,000 grivnas (~ $35,000) guaranteed!

This is completely surprising and also somewhat absurd new. “How is this even possible?!” – many people will ask. “We don’t know”, – we’ll answer.

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Minsk – the new poker capital of Eastern Europe?
Minsk – the new poker capital of Eastern Europe?

Following the fifth stage of Belarus Poker Tour which has started in Minsk, one of the main events of Russian Poker Tour is also going to have a going here. If everything goes well (and we truly believe everything’s going to be that way), Minsk is going to be assigned to a new status of poker oasis of CIS.

Recently discovered flaws of Live Events series is putting in doubt some words and actions of some tournament directors who used to have crystal reputation in poker community not causing any reproaches.

In particular, reputation of Mike Peltekci took a blow. He was not just the head of Live Events, but directed some other poker tours that were popular in CIS.

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Heart-to-heart: Russian genius Alexander Kostritsyn
Heart-to-heart: Russian genius Alexander Kostritsyn

He first knew about poker when he was 19. He won $1,450,396 on Aussie Millions at the age of 22 in 2008. Today he is 29 and he is one of the best online players in the world.

We usually write about offline players. Live poker has its own heroes and “laws”.

But there are players whose abilities and skills are that unique so their specialization doesn’t matter. Alexander “PostflopAction” Kostritsyn is one of them.

The last year was the best in Russian pro’s career. He has earned over 3.3 million according to unofficial sources. He was in top-10 of the most successful regulars.

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Global Poker Masters, Finals: Italy screwed Russia
Global Poker Masters, Finals: Italy screwed Russia

In defiance of all the predictions Team Italy has won the first Global Poker Masters cup, becoming the strongest poker team in the world. And in the Finals they were competing with Russia, not with the USA or Canada.

We wrote earlier about how the Day 1 of the team championship went on. Americans advanced straight to the semi-finals with confidence, British went off the distance and Ukrainian worked poker miracles.

The second day included few stages:

  • first – heads up matches, team vs. team (one country goes busted);
  • second – 6-max Sit-and-Go (two best teams go through to the finals);
  • third – finals, five simultaneously played heads ups (the game continues up to three winnings).
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Global Poker Masters, Day 1: Russia and Ukraine made it to the second round
Global Poker Masters, Day 1: Russia and Ukraine made it to the second round

The exhausting first day of Global Poker Masters ended up with the triumphant performance of Team USA, elimination of Team UK and heroic Ukrainians’ run. Today we expect to see the heads up series, 6-max Sit'n'Go and the final battle of two strongest teams.

«The Global Poker Masters is not just another poker event or another Sit-and-Go. It is about skill», – these are GPI Index founder Alex Dreyfus’ words.

Before the competitions started, he had said a lot – and others too, actually. Basically it was all the same: poker must become an international sport; money shouldn’t be the primary concern and so on.

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Poker according to «thievish notions»
Poker according to «thievish notions»

The other day in the Russian poker community a scandal broke out around the Ukrainian regular, Oleksii Khoroshenin, who conned famous players. And “according to the notions” “the victims” ought to pay EPT champion a great sum of money…

In the “underworld” an oral agreement remains valid. Every single person has to answer for his words; every single person has to meet the conditions of the agreement – despite all the other factors.

Even if your “partner” turned out to be a cheat…

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The second gambling zone is opened in Russia
The second gambling zone is opened in Russia

The Kemerovo Company “Alti” has opened the first casino Altai Palace at the gambling zone “Sibirskaya Moneta”, situated in 250 km from Barnaul. This establishment have been already welcoming new clients, despite the fact that only the ground floor out of four is operated.

In November there emerged one more gambling zone in Russia. Now there are two of them out of five. For a long time “Azov-City” has been the only legal territory with functioning gambling institutions.

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Poker in the Ukraine
Poker in the Ukraine

Just about a year ago poker in the Ukraine was listed as a sport. Clubs are placed all over the country – in Lvov, Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, Cherkassy and, certainly, Kiev.

History of the Ukrainian industry of gambling is very much similar to the one in Russia. The law which forbids gambling came in force in 2009. It actually made a lot of casinos and slots machine clubs working undercover.

5 years later we can’t say that the situation has changed significantly. Big and little gambling houses are being closed for several times a year. It is a common practice.

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Poker in Russia
Poker in Russia

In Russia poker is subject to gambling laws. All casinos are to be placed in special gambling zones. In reality, clandestine activities are thriving in big cities.

Poker had the status of an official sports game in the Russian Federation from March 2007 to July 2009. During this period poker clubs, which were promoted in the media, were in the process of being opened and tournaments and other events were held.

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