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?
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.