Igor Kurganov Wins $25,000 Aussie Millions Challenge

by | Published: Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Igor Kurganov has capped off his stellar 2013 Aussie Millions campaign with a victory in the $25,000 Aussie Millions Challenge at the Crown Casino on Sunday.

Kurganov outlasted a tough final table to win his first ever Aussie Millions Title and the first place prize of $275,000.

The Russian previously finished second in the $100,000 Challenge, winning $610,000, before finishing fourth in the $250,000 Challenge for a collect of $500,000.

The laid-back Kurganov was delighted with his success throughout the prestigious event.

“I am quiet contempt with the results here,” Kurganov said.

“It was a really good trip, I’ve played a lot of poker but I couldn’t regret it… the run here was good enough to get me past the bubble every time and I’m really happy to have won an event as well.”

European players had an excellent 2013 Aussie Millions and Kurganov found himself at final tables with friends on several occasions.

“Having my friends at the table makes it harder because I consider them all really good players so I think I would have traded nearly anybody for most of the players in this field,” Kurganov said.

“At the same time having them at the table makes you more sharp because you generally don’t want to make mistakes but even less so when your friends are watching and judging you afterwards.”

Kurganov had a breakthrough season in 2012 winning the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller event at the Deep Stack Extravaganza III at Las Vegas as well as the $25,000 8 Max High roller at the European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monte Carlo.

The High-Roller specialist is currently ranked just outside the top 50 in the Global Poker Index but will likely see a considerable rise when the Aussie Millions results are counted to his tally.

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