Country: Ukraine / USA
Nickname: "MyRabbiFoo" / "Eugene Katchalov"
Date of birth: February 21, 1981
Tournament winnings throughout the career: over 9 240 000$
Best result: 2 482 605$ (1st place in the Doyle Brunson Classic with a 15 400$ buy-in at the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic series 2007)
Eugene Katchalov is one of the most famous and most successful Ukrainian poker players. Despite the guy lives in the USA since he was 10 years, the poker player continues to represent Ukraine on the world poker scene, regularly visits the country and is interested in local business and legalization of poker in Ukraine.
Unlike many of his colleagues, Katchalov didn’t start to play poker in his teens, but when he was 20 years old. His friends taught him to play, and at first he played with them at home. Then Eugene made a small deposit at PartyPoker and tried his hand online. As it turned out later – it was not in vain. Playing 10-dollar SnG and inexpensive cash, he earned 20$- 30$ a day and soon began to move up the limits and play more expensive and prestigious tournaments. Then poker became Eugene Katchalov’s main occupation.
Katchalov began to play offline since 2004. He twice got into prizes at the first for him WPT tournament in Las Vegas, having earned more than 75 000$ (in total). 2007 and 2011 are considered to be the most profitable years in the poker player’s career. In 2007, Katchalov won his first million (or rather almost 2,5 million), having become a champion of the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, and in 2011 - the poker player hit the payout zone of various prestigious tournaments for 13 times, won his first (and the only one until now) WSOP bracelet (for 7-card stud), and he also became a champion of the first ever PCA Super High Roller tournament with a 100 000$ buy-in, having beaten the legendary Daniel Negreanu in the final heads-up and having earned 1 500 000$.
In the same 2011, Katchalov became a member of PokerStars Team Pro and stayed in the team until May 2016, representing Ukraine and playing with the patches of the poker room.
After leaving the PokerStars team, Kachalov continued to play poker and to popularize it as an intellectual sport. In addition, Eugene is engaged in business and is a sponsor of cyber sportsmen’s team.
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