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Seat 1: Vadim Markushevski, 22, Minsk, Belarus – 1,662,000 chips
Markushevski doesn’t consider himself a “professional” poker player but, for a “recreational” player, he has had some pretty astounding results. Last year he won close to a million dollars when he came fourth in a 2008 WCOOP event and he followed that up in January this year by coming second in the inaugural PokerStars.net Russian Poker Tour St Petersburg event in January. So, while running his business takes up most of his time, Markushevski is also reaping rich rewards with his part-time poker hobby.

Seat 2: Lucasz Plichta, 22, Gdansk, Poland – PokerStars FPP qualifier – 731,000 chips
Plichta qualified for EPT Kyiv only two weeks before the event began in a 2,500 Frequent Player Point tournament on PokerStars so he has effectively free-rolled his way to the best result of his poker career to date. Plichta. who is currently studying economics at Gdansk University, has been playing poker for nearly three years and has already notched up some good online results. His best so far was 4th place in a $650 NLHE event for which he snagged around $55k. Plichta was the only representative of Poland at EPT Kyiv and has now made it to the final eight.

Seat 3: Adrian Schaap, 45, Rotterdam, Holland – 520,000 chips
Schaap, who owns a chain of American grill style restaurants, has been playing recreational poker for 5 years. He likes playing big tournaments like EPTs and has cashed in two EPTs so far: EPT4 Prague and EPT5 Monte Carlo. In the last year, he has also taken up playing cash games among top Dutch pros such as including Marc Naalden. He is hoping his two daughters will be able to fly out to cheer him on at the final but even if they can’t, he has few friends here who will support him including Raoul Refos. Making the final is Schaap’s dream and now he dreams of winning one although he believes there are better players at the table.

Seat 4: Arthur Simonyan, 43, from Moscow, Russia – 531,000 chips
Businessman Simonyan
started playing poker in 2006 and has now turned pro. He only plays live tournaments and specializes in NLHE multi-table events. His best result to date was in 2007 when he won $10,000 in a local Moscow event.

Seat 5: Torsten Tent, 31, Korbach, Germany – PokerStars qualifier – 264,000 chips
Torsten is a production manager for a large tyre manufacturer in Germany and plays poker for a hobby. Nevertheless, he’s been enjoying considerable success lately. He won a World Series package on PokerStars his sumer but unfortunately couldn’t find time to get to Las Vegas and he also won his seat for EPT Kyiv online in a $11 rebuy satellite on PokerStars. His favorite game is Pot Limit Omaha and he usually plays the lower stakes online. “When I’m at home surfing the internet, I’m usually playing poker online at the same time. There is always space for a table on the desktop!”, said Torsten. He will celebrate his success here in Kyiv with friends from Germany and Austria who also played the Main Event. “We still have to decide if we go to a Steakhouse or to a Nightclub – probably both.”

Seat 6: Maxim Lykov, 21, Moscow Russia – 2,597,000 chips
Lykov was overnight chip leader on Day 3 and retained the lead for much of Day 4. He’s a professional player and specializes in multi-table NLHE tournaments, both on- and offline. Known as “Decay”, Lykov has already had considerable success online but cemented his reputation as a good live player as well by coming third in the hard-fought $5k NLHE shootout at the World Series this summer. The win netted him $145,000 at his first ever WSOP.

Seat 7: Alexander Dovzhenko, 45, Kiev, Ukraine – 1,590,000 chips
Dovzhenko is the oldest player at the final table and has a string of results going back many years which reflect his 15 years’ experience. However, making the final table in Kyiv is his best live result to date although he cashed three times at the World Series this summer and came 56th at EPT San Remo last season for €13,700. The former chess player started his poker career with 7-card Stud and it is still his favourite game. Dovzhenko, who plays online as “berserk64”, is a close friend of Team PokerStars Pro Alex Kravchenko. Coming up to congratulate his friend, Kravchenko said: “He is a very good player, one of the best in Ukraine. I would say he was a favourite to win this event.”

Seat 8: Vitaly Tolokonnikov, 22, Moscow, Russia – 1,019,000 chips
Tolokonnikov started playing poker some 3½ years ago while studying at university. He is now a professional player, splitting his time between playing live and online. His favorite game is Texas Holdem and the best result of his career to date is making the PokerStars EPT Kyiv final table.