Kirill Gerasimov, the Rookie from Red Square

Kiril Gerasimov
Kiril Gerasimov in the 2005 WSOP, Event 25, $2,500 Pot-limit Hold'em - tournament.

Kirill Gerasimov is a born poker player; from the first time he sat down at the green felt its been going his way. He has only been playing for three and half years and yet he already has two second place finishes in the WSOP (including the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud event on June 9th 2005), two second place and one third place finishes in WPT events, and, in 2002, he won the Rookie of the Year award at the European Poker Awards.

For how long have you been playing poker?

I have been playing poker for about three and a half years.

Do you play online poker?

Yes, I play a lot of online poker, mostly at Party Poker and Poker Stars.

What is your favorite poker game?

Omaha High is my favourite game, but I like No-Limit Hold'em too.

How many WSOP tournaments will you play in this year?

I will play every one that I have the time to play. Maybe I will miss three or four events this year.

How do you think it works when you combine playing poker professionally and raising a family?

Kiril Gerasimov

It works out just fine. My wife and I have been married for ten years, and she's very understanding. Sometimes when I travel and play poker in tournaments around Europe and in the U.S. I take them with me. I usually go to the U.S. between four and five times a year.

Back in Moscow, my wife is at home with our son and I am usually at home too, playing poker online, although I do play a lot at casinos in Moscow because the money is easy there. I make most of my income online and at the casinos in Moscow. I like to travel and participate in big tournaments for experience, I've learned a lot from playing with the big pros.

How come you started playing poker?

I went to the casinos in Moscow with my friends, just for fun, and I did quite well. It was a lot of fun and I started playing more and more.

When you started playing with some of the "stars," did you feel like you played differently out of respect for them?

No, I just play my game, but I learn a lot from them every time.

Now that you're getting a little famous yourself, do you feel like people react to that when they're playing with/meeting you at the casinos back home?

No, its the way it has always been, I don't feel like a star and people don't treat me like one.

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