A poker biography of Alexander Kravchenko.
Name - Alexander Kravchenko
Born - Arhangelsk, Russia (former USSR)
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Alexander Kravchenko, born on April 21,1971 in Arkhangelsk, Russia, is a professional poker player. He began playing poker in 1997. Before he discovered how lucrative poker can be, Kravchenko spent his time investing in various businesses. Although doing that earned him money, he still pursued a career in professional poker, starting out by playing blackjack. He then decided to master a variation of Caribbean Stud known as Oasis Poker. By the late nineties, though, Texas hold'em has become popular and much money can be won through Hold'em tournaments, so Kravchenko learned the game and participated in various tournaments and cash games.
After playing in many tournaments around Europe, Kravchenko went to Las Vegas to participate in the World Series of Poker $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo Split 8 or Better event. He bagged first place, winning $224,466 and getting his first WSOP bracelet in the process. This success was followed by four more events in which he was able to cash in, including being part of the final table in the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. He also entered the main event, which was a No-Limit Texas Hold'em tournament. He made the final table in a field of 6,345 entrants. Confident in his abilities because of his previous wins, Kravchenko did his best and placed fourth, earning $1,852,721.
Two months after that, he went to London to enter the £2,500 H.O.R.S.E. event at the World Series of Poker Europe, where he made it to the final table, finished fifth, and won $35,671. He also participated in the World Poker Tour Mandalay Bay Poker Championship and won 13th place. He also earned $77,000 at the Moscow Millions in November due to his third place finish. Now considered as the Russian poker player with the biggest earnings in live tournaments, Kravchenko's winnings as of 2008 already amount to more than $2,500,000.
Alexander Kravchenko: more achievements in the poker scene
Although his win at the 2007 World Series of Poker is the one Kravchenko is most notably known for, he has also made it to final tables and won at the Winter Tournament in St. Petersburg, the Austrian Masters, the Pacific Poker Open in the United Kingdom, and the Helsinki Freezeout.
Kravchenko claims that among the poker variants, he favors Stud and Hold'em the most. But even though he's not that keen on Omaha Hi/Lo, that didn't stop him from winning the 2007 WSOP Omaha Hi/Lo event. He likes playing poker online, often spending time at PokerStars.com and playing under the screen name "Kravchenko." He describes himself as a semi-pro rather than a pro, and he intends to stay living in Russia instead of moving to Las Vegas like what other professional poker players have done.
When Kravchenko isn't playing in live tournaments or online tables, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids. He likes dining out and trying the food in fine restaurants. He also enjoys playing sports such as football, tennis, and basketball. He states that traveling is his favorite hobby and he especially loves relaxing at the beach after engaging in a major poker tournament.