Eugene Katchalov was born on February 21st, 1981 in Kiev Ukraine. He is a young professional poker player, who lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York since the age of ten. Eugene Katchalov was able to take advantage of the qualitative US education and graduated from the New York University with finance and international business degrees, thanks to which he now works as a stock trader most of the time.
The interest in poker appeared in Eugene’s early twenties. His start in poker was similar to those of many other professional poker players - with friends while having fun. Soon he began to put more efforts into understanding the fundamentals of the game. Later on his interest in the game grew and he started putting money on online poker accounts. That is how he managed to earn enough to support himself on a daily basis while still studying. Despite, live poker continued to draw him back, and in 2004, during a trip with a friend of his, he placed 5th at the Bellagio Five Diamond preliminary with a prize of $45,000, which was also the beginning of his professional poker career.
Eugene Katchalov made his real big shot at the Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic on Dec 18, 2007. He placed first among over 600 players and won the amazing $2,482,605 in prize winnings. Eugene had an amazing night and eliminated four out of the five who were in the final table. He needed only five hands to finish off the final table and make his way to victory, which came when he made a pair of 10’s on a flop of 10 6 3.
Prior to that, also in 2007, Eugene placed 1st at the Bellagio Cup III, earning $118,000, and took another big cash at the Sunday $750,000-guaranteed tournament on Full Tilt: $132,822. The Sunday tournament was the richest poker tournament in history, excluding the WPT and WSOP Main Events and was the second greatest performance in Eugene Katchalov’s career. For his accomplishments, Eugene Katchalov grew to be one of the best players for 2008, accumulating more than $2,524,786.
The other two big cashes of Katchalov took place in 2008: he finished 10th in the 2008 WSOP No-Limit Hold'em Shootout with a cash of $16,920 and 7th at the 2008 WSOP Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better with a prize of $88,360. Altogether Eugene Katchalov has 2 first place finishes, 21 cashes and a grand total in winnings of $2,982,891.