Maxim Lykov is one of the highest earning Rusian live tournament
poker pros of all time, and has a World Series of Poker bracelet
and European Poker Tour title to his name.
It was in 2005 while studying Engineering at University in
Moscow that Maxim Lykov first started playing poker. Initially
viewing poker as just a bit of fun, and nothing more than a
past-time, he soon took to the game's emphasis on analysis and
strategy, realising he could earn serious money.
By the following year he was earning impressive money from online
poker; claiming to have only ever made two $40 deposits, his
bankroll quickly became huge. As of 2011 his total live tournament
winnings were in excess of $1.4 million. He is a member of Team
PokerStars Pro and plays online under the name 'Maxim Lykov'.
As he exploded onto the live tournament circuit, 2009 was a
defining year for Maxim Lykov and a turning point of his poker
career. 2009 saw him take first place in the Red Sea Poker Cup's
€3,000 No Limit Hold 'em event for $69, 797; third place in the
WSOP $5,000 No Limit Hold 'em Shootout to win $145,062; and then in
Kiev Lykov made first place in the European Poker Tour No Limit
Hold 'em Main Event to take $468,504.
Interesting Fact: Maxim Lykov has often noted in interviews
that he intends to become the greatest Russian poker player of all
time - a not too distant goal when you consider that he is already
in the top ten Russian players on the live tournament