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Russia’s Lykov Wins Last $1k Event
Russian Maxim Lykov won his first WSOP bracelet last night while most of the poker world was wrapped up in the $50k Players Championship.
Lykov, a member of Team PokerStars Pro, outlasted one of the biggest fields of the summer to win Event 55 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em.
“It’s amazing,” said Lykov. “I think about the time when I first started to play poker. It was my dream. I am very glad to win.”
The 23-year-old picked up $648,880 for beating the 4,576-player field. He now has over $2.5 million in lifetime live tournament earnings with two WSOP final tables and a victory in the inaugural EPT Kiev tournament.
This year marked the third time Lykov has attended the WSOP. Born in Moscow, Lykov studied engineering in university before becoming a full-time poker pro.
Lykov came to the final table of Event 55 as the chip leader and never relinquished that lead as he busted four of the nine players at the final table.
Unlike many amateur players who might consider a large purchase such as a house or a car after winning $648k, Lykov mentioned the money was merely going back into his bankroll so he can enter more tournaments.
Lykov joins Viacheslav Zhukov and Arkadiy Tsinis and becomes the third Russian player to win a bracelet this summer.
The tournament was the last $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament of the 2011 WSOP and much of the Amazon Room was instead focused on the $50k Players Championship Heads-Up battle between Brian Rast and Phil Hellmuth.
Of course both tournaments will likely pale in size to the $10,000 2011 Main Event, which began earlier today.