Coming from the same country that produced poker greats like Eugene Katchalov and Yvgeniy Timoshenko, the Ukrainian-born Alexander Dovzhenko is close behind them in terms of live tournament winnings. A talented player that has been a familiar face on the live circuit since 2001, Alex began by playing tournaments closer to home on Russian soil. After much success in these smaller fields, he tried his hand on the international stage in 2009 where he attended his first ever WSOP – making three cashes in the process. In this same year, he caught his biggest score to date in the EPT €5,000 Main Event in Kiev where he finished in second-place for $312,336.
Although a major EPT title has always eluded him, Alex has won a number of smaller events at EPT stops – a total of four to be precise. The eclectic nature of these titles demonstrate his experience as a player; he picked up tournament wins in the €1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event at the 2009 EPT in Barcelona as well as the €1,000 H.O.R.S.E. event more recently in 2013 in Monte Carlo.
Another series that Dovzhenko has found success in is the now defunct Partouche Poker Tour, a French-based set of events that attracted many players with big cash offerings. In 2011, Alex reached the final table of the €8,500 No Limit Hold'em Main Event in Cannes. Unfortunate to go out in seventh-place, he shared the felt with some of the toughest players around including Sam Trickett and Mustapha Kanit and took home a prize of $218,346. He also reached a final table of the smaller €1,500 event the year before at the same series, finishing in third place for $85,270.
Dovzhenko has been unlucky to not get the opportunity to wrap a WSOP/WSOPE bracelet around his wrist. The closest he came was in 2015, when he finished third in the WSOP $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Low Split-8 or Better event for $92,310.
Continuing to play regularly on the international tournament circuit, Alex's live winnings now exceed $2,350,000.