Bluff Magazine POY Award Goes to Eugene Katchalov

January 6, 2012

The 2011 Bluff Magazine Player of the Year race was one of the closest races yet, but Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov was ultimately victorious over Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier by only 18 points.

Katchlov started out the year with a bang at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, taking the first place title from Daniel Negreanu in the $100K Super High Roller event and winning a $1.5 million purse and foreshadowing what would be a year of epic success for the almost 31-year-old native Ukrainian native raised in Brooklyn, New York.

Katchalov went on the win his first World Series of Poker bracelet at the 2011 WSOP, make the final table at another 2011 WSOP event, and final table the Epic Poker League Main Event. He also finished third in the European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event, all the while blazing past $7 million in career tourney earnings, putting him at the 36th spot for all-time money earner.

He finished out the year with 1,089 points on the Bluff Magazine Player of the Year standings. Grospellier took the number two spot with 1,071 points; Ben Lamb came in third with 988 points. Pius Heinz, 2011 WSOP Main Event Champion, came in 10th place with 892 points for the year.

The first Bluff Magazine Player of the Year Award was given to Phil Ivey in 2005. Since then, the Bluff POY listing has become a prestigious and creditable catalogue of the year’s most successful poker tournament players. The 2010 award went to Sorel Mizzi.


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