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Timoshenko on fire in WSOPE final 36
After securing a spot in the final 36 at the World Series of Poker Europe main event Tuesday, there appears to be no hotter player in poker than Yevgeniy Timoshenko.
While the Ukranian born and U.S. raised 21-year-old currently sits 15th in chips, surrounded by a group of poker's greatest stars who are all trailing chip leader and 2009 WSOP bracelet winner Matt Hawrilenko in the fight for a seat at the final table, recent history has to make him a favorite to book one.
Timoshenko has more than $3 million in career live tournament earnings, including $2,149,960 from a win at the 2009 WPT Championship this past April, all collected over the last two and a half years.
But his poker prowess extends to the virtual felt as well.
Just last week he took down the PokerStars WCOOP main event, adding $1.7 million to his online MTT winnings, which now total more than $3 million over the past three years.
Weaned on online poker, starting when he was just 15-years-old, Timoshenko told PokerListings his game is built for both the virtual felt and inside the brick and mortar.
"I think my game is very adaptable to both online and live play," he said. "If you are just good at reading people you are not going to have as much success online and if you're only good at the math and playing ABC, you might do well online, but you're probably not going to do well live."
A serious student of the game, Timoshenko certainly appreciates that experience is an important factor in his success.
"I definitely paid my dues before I became successful and started making lots of money," he said. "I spent a lot of time playing, learning, reviewing my play and just talking to other people about poker and seeing what I could pick up."
However, his approach to learning the game has been a bit more analytical than most.
"There are definitely players that have played a lot more hands of poker than me," he said. "I just took a different approach. I studied and reviewed sessions as much as I played poker when I started out."
As scary as it sounds, Timoshenko admits he's still learning how to pick up some of live poker's subtleties, but he is obviously getting more comfortable with them every day.
"I'm very much a math guy," he said. "A lot of the reads I make are not based on live tells, but more on picking up on player tendencies, bet sizing and the way people play different strength hands. I use all that information to make my decisions.
"But I've been more comfortable with live poker for a while. It's not the way I started playing poker, I've played a lot more hands online than live and because of that, I guess I feel more comfortable playing online than live."
The chance for Timoshenko to get even more comfortable will come as the final 36 plays down to a final nine at the WSOPE main event starting at 12 p.m. BST in London Wednesday.
But with names like Praz Bansi, Arnaud Mattern, Eric Liu, John Kabbaj, Chris Bjorin, Ram Vaswani, Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu and a host of others still well stacked, it will not be a walk in the park for the young star.
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