Russia arguably suffers a dearth when it comes to producing poker players with a global winning disposition. Up to now, only a few players who have managed to clinch major titles like the WSP, EPT or the WPT.
Suffice to say, those who have confounded the world by performing incredibly well at the global level have not only made a personal feat but deserve a visibility fete. While unearthing the short list of such illustrious Russian poker pros, one cannot skip the profile of Kirill Gerasimov.
Playing with versatility has seen him notch significant titles for his prize portfolio. He came to the global poker fore in 2002 when he played at the WPT Season I $25,000 tour placing second to pocket a generous sum of $506,625.
The golden thread that runs through his attractive poker resume is subtlety to win and tilt the scales in his favor. In 2002, he emerged the winner of the World Heads Up Poker Championships in Vienna to take home a grand prize of €60,000. Also notable the following year is his final table at the WSOP where he placed 6th in the $1,500 NLHE event to garner $24,000.
In 2004, he also managed to final table twice at the WSOP, a fifth place at the $1,500 pot-limit hold’em event for $30,060 and in the $1,500 NLHE where he was 2nd for a grand $100,000. This was followed by another second place at the WSOP Seven-Card Stud event for $108,775. At the 2008 WSOP, he final tabled twice, in the $5,000 pot-limit Omaha Rebuys, he garnered $192,870 and a sixth position in the $2,000 NLHE to wring out $177,111.
As of 2009, Kirill had amassed above $2,500,000 in live events winnings while his twenty-four cashes at the WSOP have contributed $1,323,409 of all winnings. Before the lofty performance of Alex Kravchenko in 2007 at the WSOP, Kirill ranked first in the all time winners list of Russia.