Kiril Gerasimov

Sun, 15 Jun 2008 19:10

Kiril Gerasimov

A poker biography of Kiril Gerasimov.

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Name - Kiril Gerasimov

Born - Moscow, Russia

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Born on the 5th of June 1971, Moscow native Kiril Gerasimov is considered to be one of Russia's (and the world's) most natural poker talents. Even though he started relatively late in the game of poker, Gerasimov has reportedly earned more than $1.6M in winnings -- and that's only with live tournaments. In 2002, he was given the title of Rookie of the Year at the annual European Poker Awards.

Before Gerasimov started to enter in poker tournaments all around Europe, he sold insurance in his hometown for a living. In 2001, however, his interest in the game grew and he started as a very strong contender in the poker arena. The, for instance, supported him during the first season of the World Poker Tour. He may not have taken home the championship title (he was only second to American Alan Goehring) but he still managed to bag a huge amount of money -- reportedly over $500,000 for that one event.

Two years later in May, he made it to the final table at his very first World Series of Poker game. He finished at sixth place during an event of $1,500 No Limit Hold'em, and took home a hefty $24,000 prize. Other notable finalists who played in the same tournament with him were TJ Cloutier, Brad Daugherty, and the event's champion Amir Vahedi. Almost one year after in April, Gerasimov played his hand at the World Series of Poker again and there he made it to a couple of final tables. In an event with fellow poker hot shots Tony Bloom and Huck Seed, Gerasimov placed fifth during the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em and took home around $30,060 in winnings. During the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em, he played with a few of the series' big names, such as Asher Derei, Daniel Negreanu, and John Juanda. There he finished at second place, taking home a whopping $100,000.

He's won a lot of money four more times during the World Series of Poker in 2005. They include a second place win in the seven-card stud event, where he took home $108,775. And, for the very first time, he earned $16,055 by placing 444th during the $10,000 main event.

In the second season of the prestigious European Poker Tour, Gerasimov found himself playing in two final tables. He placed fifth during the London event and then third at Deauville. After finding a poker mentor in Marcel Lüske, he's learned the ropes so well and in such a small amount of time compared to other seasoned players. Later on, Gerasimov found himself as a mentor for former professional tennis player Yevgeny Kalfelnikov.

Ever since he became a hard-ball contender during the first season of the World Poker Tournament Championships, many people have noticed how much he resembled famed Hollywood actor and Academy Award winner Matt Damon. He may have an outstanding poker events record on his belt but his good looks and overflowing charisma is making him all the more popular among his peers and fans.