Eugene Katchalov was born in Ukraine, but his family moved to Brooklyn, New York in United States of America when he was just 10 years old. He studied in a Russian speaking Jewish school where he enrolled in the 5th standard, though he was supposed to study in the 7th standard. He studied in the school with his cousin, but he found it highly difficult to adjust there. Later he got admitted to a public school where he finally found his deserving success.
As a teenager, he was very active in sporting activities. He took part in many sports namely basketball, tennis, and he even joined the school bowling team. Then he registered in the Stern School of Business at New York University where he achieved two degrees. At first, he took up trading as his job, and he used to play poker with his friends just for fun. Then he started to play poker on a regular basis along with his day job. It is around this time that he took up poker as an easy way of income for paying off his bills. Gradually, he turned his interest into a flourishing career.
Eugene Katchalov started his career with participating in online poker tournaments and then by the year 2003, he announced himself to be a professional poker player. He entered the Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas on the insistence of a friend and stood 5th. He entered the World Poker Tour Main Event collaborating with the same friend and soon found exposure to the top level of the game. He earned 48 thousand dollars from the tournament which covered all his expenses.
He was completely engrossed in the game of poker and was not able to work in the shadow of a big company where he lacked independence. Thus he decided to open an independent trading firm where he will not be bound. For this purpose, he used poker as a tool for collecting the capital needed to start the firm. The firm was the gate way to independence for Eugene Katchalov, which will enable him to dedicate more time to the game of poker.
2007 was a golden year for this sensational poker maestro. He started off his campaign with the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Tour Classic where he achieved victory, and he followed this performance with victories in all the tournaments he took part in the Belliago in that season. He rounded off his year by winning the Full Tilt tournament in Vegas, which saw him win the 119 thousand dollars prize money. This money acted as the capital for Eugene Katachalov and his partner for opening the independent firm they dreamt of.
World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) was the next stop for this highly talented poker player, and he conquered this event too winning a bracelet as the prize. The poker career of Eugene Katchalov has some very important highlights. One of the most important events in his career came when he won the World Poker Tour (WPT) title along with nearly 2.5 million dollars of prize money defeating poker greats like Raymond Davis and David Ulliott. Then he competed in the High Roller event on the European Poker Tour (EPT) London where he was placed 3rd. He recently competed in the Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure High Roller Event and won it comprehensively.
Eugene Katchalov is a poker genius who has conquered the game with his intelligence and strategic mind. He was signed by pokerstars as a permanent member of their team. He is indeed a truly extraordinary poker champion.
About Full Tilt Poker
Full Tilt started in business since 2004. It is a place for poker players online, and known to be the world’s most popular and successful poker room that had every existed online. Thanks to the online poker players that made a huge name in the industry of online poker. They are, at the same time, the names that made up the team of Full Tilt players: Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Howard Lederer, Jennifer Harmen, Mike Matasow (aka The Mouth), Phil Ivey and many others.
Special Offers And Price Pools
Full Tilt offers a lot of attractive deals. One of which is the 100% sign up bonus. Newly registered members have to sign-up for a minimal fee, which is refundable during a one-off bonus. Freeroll tournaments are also hosted by the website every hour, thus giving players more chances to win in a single day. During a free-roll tournament, 1% of the total number of players has the chance to get paid out. For example, if the freeroll tournament houses a number of 2700 players 27 of these will be paid out.
There is also a guaranteed prize pool worth $100. This is the division of the prize pool. First placer wins a total of $15. Second place wins $12, and third receives $9. Fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh places will win $7, $6, $5 and $4 respectively. Both eight and ninth places win $3, and the rest of the players will receive $2- enough to join a table of low stakes cash, or join a mini-tournament of Sit and Go. With the right strategies and nurturing, this small amount could become a total of million dollars.
Tournament Structure In Full Tilt
Add-ons or re-buys have no place in the Full Tilt Tournament. Blinds in the tournament go up in an interval of 10 minutes, thus allowing the game to have a nice flow. Turbo versions are also available. It is in this version where the game is fast-paced and blinds in the tournament go up faster than the regular freeroll tournaments. This turbo version is a lot ideal to freeroll players who regularly play online freeroll tournaments. For players, there is a break after every hour in the game.
Such type of tournament occurring in freerolls are also common in the other types of poker. Some few good examples are the tournament in No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em, other Texas Hold ‘Em versions such as Limit and Pot Limit versions. It could also be seen in other poker rooms like Stud H/L, Stud Hi, Razz, Omaha, Omaha H/L and Omaha Hi. In Full Tilt, players can experience the various levels of playing online poker. Among all these versions, the most popular is the event No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em.
Something amazing going on in the freeroll tournament is, reaching the maximum number – that is, 2700 participants within seconds. It is so surprising to see that these games last for about 3 to four hours, and everyone gets the chance to play several times a day.
Promotional Free Rolls
Promotional freerolls run in almost similar way with the regular freerolls. The only difference is with prizes. Unlike regular freerolls, promotional freerolls here give away prizes in the form of items, or discounts. In other words, most promotional freerolls have non-cash prizes at stake. For example, some tournaments give off DVDs like Phil Gordon’s Final Table Poker DVD for the first prize winners.
There are also types of freerolls that are accessible only to a certain group of people. Some of these come as freerolls exclusive only for the resident of a certain country or state. Full Tilt also offers these kinds of freeroll tournaments, allowing persons of a certain country to play with the others and give them bragging rights such as dominating his own country within the poker room.
There are other promos that Full Tilt offers to its users, aside from participation in some of their excellent free-roll tournaments. Full Tilt also houses poker games of various versions. Cash tables are also plenty, that it allows a user to play mini blinds (for a $0.05/$0.10 deposit) in a No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em game, or to play blinds with huge cash prizes such as $500/1000.
Full Tilt houses a total of 25000 tables, and up to 75000 players all in all. Most games are hosted by the Sit & Go Tournaments, and they are also the ones giving off cash and promotional prizes in the poker room.
There are also available free-roll Sit & Go tournaments for the registered users of Full Tilt. To take advantage of the said tournament an FTP (Full Tilt Points – collected by playing poker using real cash on Full Tilt) . It can be a gateway to other tournaments which could be better, and offering bigger cash prizes.
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In general, Full Tilt is a nice venue to showcase your poker skills, or just to practice playing poker. The site offers easy to navigate and very good looking poker rooms, as well as an online portal to accommodate the concerns of poker enthusiasts. Whether you are a skilled player, or just wandering around, Full Tilt is a nice website to visit and to register to.