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WSOP High Profile: Yevgeniy Timoshenko
What does a player who has won a WPT Championship and a WCOOP Main Event do for an encore?
Winning the WSOP Main Event wouldn't be a bad option.
After getting shut out of the Main Event last year on Day 1d, Yevgeniy Timoshenko is playing in poker's big dance for the first time this year.
The 22-year-old has done well, building a huge stack on Day 2a, despite sitting at a table that includes Full Tilt Poker Pro Matt Hawrilenko
"Today has been great," he said on the dinner break. "I built 48k up to 225k so I'm doing really well."
It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has followed Timoshenko closely over the last few years.
The Seattle, Washington, poker pro has amassed over $5 million in less than three years of playing poker and is considered by his peers to be in the upper echelon of tournament players.
"In my opinion, this kid has to be considered one of the best No-Limit Hold'em tournament players in the world," said Jason Mercier earlier this year.
"His results speak for themselves, he is insanely tough to play against and I know I wouldn't want him at my table."
Timoshenko seems to be adapting to the Main Event well, confusing his opponents more and more with every play he makes.
"I think the Main Event is a lot more like a Sunday Million than a WPT Championship or a WCOOP Main Event," he said. "The field is much larger and there are many more inexperienced players."
Timoshenko conceded that he hasn't had the greatest WSOP with only two small cashes in the preliminary events but after two days of the Main Event he's already decided it's his favorite tournament of the year.