Yevgeniy Timoshenko looks the part when playing for millions – a deliberate, cerebral opponent focused on the game in front of him. But when away from the tables Timoshenko tends to be introverted and a little awkward in front of cameras and microphones.
He’s won over $6 million in live tournaments, with another estimated $4 million online, and is seen at the some of the biggest events in the world. But he’s not a player that chases events and grinds tournaments. In the last year and half he’s cashed six times, most recently at the 2015 Aussie Millions.
“I spent about two months in Australia, I flew down for the Aussie Millions and then just spent another month hanging out,” he said. “Yeah, I’ve been laying low, playing a little bit of online since I got back in Australia, so that’s pretty much it.”
Before that Timoshenko had a mediocre 2014 World Series of Poker where he cashed three times, a year removed from his deep run in the Main Event in 22nd place.
His up and down career got an early start with winning Season VII’s World Championship for $2.14 million as a 21-year old. His final table included Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Christian Harder, Shannon Shorr and Scotty Nguyen.
Timoshenko’s win came when the event was entrenched at the Bellagio and had a $25,000 price tag. “It doesn’t really feel like the same tournament anymore. It’s in Atlantic City now and this is the first year I’ve played here.” he said. “There’s definitely a different feeling playing a $25K in Las Vegas.”
Season XIII’s Championship Event marks the second year the event called the Borgata home. “I understand why they made the move; I feel like it was to be expected given with what happened after Black Friday. A $25K tournament isn’t going to get as many entries now.”
“But I think poker has got a lot accomplished since 2009. You tend to see tougher players playing tournaments,” Timoshenko continued. “That’s to be expected as the game evolves and you just have to continue to improve your own game and make sure you’re staying ahead of the curve.”
The WPT World Championship changed to a single starting flight with no re-entries this year – leveling all players to single bullet. Timoshenko said, “In this tournament, where it’s mostly pros playing, I think most people would want it to be a re-entry. But if the WSOP Main Event went to a re-entry format I think a lot of amateurs wouldn’t like that.”
“Attendance would go up for a couple years and then go down after,” he continued. “That said, I’m indifferent whether it’s a re-entry or not.”
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