Russian Andrey Pateychuk is Poker’s Newest Star
By Daniel Smyth, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
The Czech capital of Prague is currently hosting a plethora of tournaments. The WPT Prague is the most recent of these to finish, and with its conclusion a new poker star emerged.
568 players decided to ante-up €3,500 to take a shot at the inaugural WPT event in Prague, but only one player could walk away with the title. That man was Andrey Pateychuk. Despite starting the final table in 5th place, the 22-year-old Russian didn’t falter under the pressure of a major final table, and he skilfully reduced the chip deficit between himself and chip leader Stanislaw Kretz. Pateychuk soon found himself heads-up with Adria Balaguer, and he mounted a comeback that Lazarus would have been proud of, overcoming a 10-1 chip disadvantage to claim his second major title of 2011.
The €450,000 first-place prize took his overall career winnings north of the $2 million mark and clearly distinguishes him as one of the best young players in the world today.
Russia has produced some world-class poker players over the last 3 years, including Maxim Lykov, Vitaly Lunkin and Alexander Kostritsyn. Even compared to that elite group, Pateychuk’s meteoric ascent has to be the most impressive. In just 18 months he’s already completed 2/3 of the Triple Crown by taking down the EPT San Remo in addition to his latest win on the WPT.
His list of honours doesn’t stop there, though, as he also finished 15th in this year’s WSOP Main Event, adding another $478,174 to his burgeoning bankroll.
Pateychuk’s success isn’t just confined to the live arena. Operating under the online alias “ThePateychuk” on PokerStars, he has amassed $229,035 in virtual winnings. To date, his single biggest score is for $22,778 in the 2011 WCOOP Main Event.
As the poker world looks forward to 2012, it’s clear that Andrey Pateychuk will be one of the young stars shining in the constellation filled with luminaries such as Jake Cody, Chris Moorman and Mickey “mementmori” Petersen.