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Poker Gone (More and More) Global

by Jeff Shulman |  Published: Jul 10, 2009


Our first cover of 2009 to feature a World Series of Poker winner happens to profile another up-and-coming player from an up-and-coming poker location. Vitaly Lunkin, an excellent player from Russia, started strongly earlier this year by winning a big Russian Poker Tour event in Moscow, good for more than $440,000. He then continued the trend of Russian players faring well in big World Series events by winning the inaugural $40,000 no-limit hold’em event and $1.9 million. Read all about this event on Page 52. As we go to press, according to the World Series of Poker, Russian players are doing extremely well this year at the Series. Its stats show the nation bagging 15 cashes, good for more than $2.1 million. Through the first 10 events, the WSOP is again looking like an Olympic competition, with players from 57 different nations thus far entering events, including United Arab Emirates, ...

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