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Seat 6: Aleksei Karev, Russia, BetSafe Qualifier - 611,000

Aleksei Karev is a 24 year old professional poker player, who has been interested in the game for six years but “playing seriously” for 2-3.  Karev has recently been trying out live poker as opposed to online, choosing events, he admits, at random (with an eye to travel expenses as “expectation live is not so big”).  Used to playing 12 tables, with a HUD, Karev says it can be “very boring – and you need to count stacks, look at their faces when they make a stupid move…” However, it seems he’s taken to the live version of the MTT, recently winning the PokerStars Cup in Sochi for €26,000 even though MPNPT Tallinn represents only his 4th live Main Event.

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