Team PokerStars Pro Welcomes Maxim LykovOctober 11, 2010 7:55 am
Team PokerStars Pro have just welcomed Maxim Lykov to the site’s elite stables of pros who, with $944,799 in live winnings, is already one of Russia’s highest earning tournament players despite having only played the game for around five years.
The engineering graduate from Russia first deposited online at PokerStars in 2005 and didn’t have to buy in for more than $80 before it was apparent he had an uncanny ability to make money.
Now Lykov’s online earnings stand at around $1,522,548 and includes such accolades as placing 2nd at the 2008 FTOPS X Event No. 22 ($5k) for $362,500 and in September this year a 4th place finish at the $500 WCOOP 2010 Event No. 53 for $91,797.
The Russian poker prodigy only really appeared on the live tournament radar in May 2009 after he took down the €3k Red Sea Poker Cup for $69,797. In June, he then collected $145,062 for a 3rd place finish at the WSOP $5k NLHE event before in August earning his biggest score to date of $468,504 after winning the €4,700 EPT Kiev Main Event.
With a total of $697,560 in live tournament wins to his name for 2009, and already $247,239 in winnings in 2010, Maxim Lykov relentlessly continues to exert his considerable influence on the game as he establishes himself at the forefront of the tournament scene.
Maxim Lykov poker career has now received an extra boost after his latest deal with the number one poker site PokerStars, and he now take his place among a pantheon of pros which include such players as Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier and Johnny Lodden. Lykov will also be joining fellow Russian contingent Ivan Demidov, Alexander Kravchenko, and Vadim Markushevski.