PartyPoker Signs Russian Legend Timofey “Trueteller” Kuznetsov

PartyPoker Signs Russian Legend Timofey "Trueteller" Kuznetsov

Over the past couple of years, Partypoker has been bolstering its roster of sponsored players by recruiting some of Europe’s biggest tournament winners of all time, including France’s Bertrand Grospellier, Germany’s Fedor Holz, and the UK’s Sam Trickett. In its latest bold marketing move, the brands has now added Timofey “Trueteller” Kuznetsov to its Team partypoker roster, a Russian legend who specializes in online NLHE and PLO cash games.

Cash Game Legend

The 27-year-old pro has earned quite the reputation at the nosebleed stakes over the years. From 2011 to 2015, Kuznetsov amassed $2,052,524 in winning on Full Tilt, while he currently has $3,095,168 in winnings on PokerStars and continues to play regularly on the site. In addition to crushing the high stakes game for more than seven years, Kuznetsov has also been involved in some of the biggest pots ever played in online history.

Needless to say, Kuznetsov would have won countless millions on the live cash game circuit, too, and while attending a Triton Poker Super High Roller Series tournament told a reporter that he is a regular at the Macau Big Game, stating that “they play No-Limit Hold’em. It’s my favorite game.”

Interestingly, Kuznetsov played anonymously online up until 2015, and only revealed his true identity to the poker community during one of his sporadic ventures into the live tournament arena. During the $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas that year, Kuznetsov finally revealed his online identity to his surprised peers, who finally got to learn who was the mysterious player who had been crushing the high stakes online action for so long.

Rare Tournament Ventures

As mentioned, Kuznetsov prefers to play cash games, and has only occasionally strayed onto the live tournament circuit. Nevertheless, he has still managed to amass $2,989,677 in tournament winnings, placing him at number 16 on Russia’s ‘All Time Money List’, just behind Anatoly Filatov ($3,060,755), who incidentally is the other Russian player to represent partypoker.

Interestingly, Filatov’s winnings have come via 68 live tournaments, while Kuznetsov has been earned fom just three cashes over the last three years. In 2015, he finished the $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl in 4th place for a massive $2,150,000 payday, followed in 2016 by a victory at the $50,000 Aria Super High Roller for $748,446, and in 2017  he also booked a 5th place finish at the HK$ 250,000 Six Max Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Philippines for HK$708,000 ($91,231).

Giving Back to Community

Having spent much of his poker career cloaked in anonymity, Kuznetsov said that he was now looking forward to breaking his social silence and giving back to the community during a time which he describes as a “dark age in poker.”

“I am looking forward to using my experience of online games to help shape the poker ecology at partypoker and get involved in the new software developments. I also have a keen interest in working with partypoker to develop better mixed games and I can’t wait to start working on this proposal.”

Meanwhile, Partypoker’s MD, Tom Waters has expressed his delight at having Timofey join the team, and according to the brand’s Head of Poker, Timofey’s vast experience will be instrumental in improving the site’s game offerings.

“We are thrilled that Timofey has decided to pledge his allegiance to partypoker and can’t wait to start working with him,” explained Waters.

POWERFEST $60M Gtd

Kuznetsov’s recruitment to partypoker coincides with the brand’s POWERFEST flagship series that got underway at the beginning of September and is due to conclude on the 23rd. A staggering $60 million prize pool has been guaranteed for the 670 event long series, which features a wide choice of buy-ins ranging from $1.10 all the way up to $25,500. “Trueteller” joins just in time to play some of its final events as a partypoker representative, and will be keen to grab some of the $20 million in guarantees still available on the site’s biggest stage