Vitaly Lunkin had to contend with a final table that included Internet and live poker aces like Alexander Kravchenko and Ivan Demidov this week as the final table of the Pokerstars Russian Poker Tour Moscow played out.
In the main event, the Full Tilt pro saw them all off despite an initially shorter stack, to enter the heads up against Vyacheslav Goryachev with a significant chip lead and despatch him relatively quickly. Lunkin's skill as a poker player is undoubtedly strengthened by the discipline required to reach the top levels of backgammon and renju, in which the Full Tilt pro also excels.
206 entries were recorded for the $7 000 buy-in main event, which was hosted by the Renaissance Hotel in Russia's capital city.
When he's not in action on the Internet, Lunkin trains other poker players and is the coach for Poker Moscow.com. His $445 709 win this week brings his career earnings to over a million dollars.