Igor Kurganov - The James Bond of Poker
At a young age and with millions of dollars won, the life of Kurganov is envied by many
Igor Kurganov is a Russian poker player and a founding member of Raising for Effective Giving.
Igor Kurganov was born in 1988 and has quickly risen to the top of the high roller world. Not much is known about his early life, although he says that his family moved to Germany when he was a child. Like many Russian and German pros, he seemingly came out of nowhere to take the poker world by storm. Despite his meteoric rise, he has been described as well-mannered, calm, and extremely intellectual. To make him even more mysterious, he plays high roller events almost exclusively, leaving behind the smaller buy in tournaments that many pros play in their everyday life.
He didn’t start out that way, even if his rise was relatively quick compared to most others of his generation. His first recorded tournament cash was in Macau at the 2009 $32k high roller on the Asian Poker Tour, where he took home just $13k. It wasn’t until 2011 that he captured a six figure cash. At EPT Madrid he came in second to Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier for a cash of $182k. Since then, it has been normal for him to make large cashes and has several seven figures to his resume. In 2012 he won the high roller event at EPT Monte Carlo and pocketed $1.4 million, his first million dollar cash. 2013 brought several large paychecks, including two at the Aussie Millions alone, where he took home $290k and $527k in two different $25k buy in tournaments.
He is first on Russia’s all time money list, due in large part to EPT events. In total, he has amassed nearly $10 million in tournament earnings, in addition to being a feared cash game opponent.
A large proponent of charitable giving, Kurganov is one of the founders of REG, or Raising for Effective Giving, a charity that partners with poker players to pledge a percentage of their income to finding efficient ways of helping solve global problems. He had a public disagreement with Dan Coleman in 2014 after Coleman refused to give interviews for the Big One For One Drop because of his perceived harmful effects of poker. Dan Coleman said he did not want to do anything that would promote the game of poker to people who might not otherwise have been playing. Kurganov argued that it is their poker playing that allows them to help other people, even though there are some people who become addicted. To him, the good that they do outweighs the chances that someone’s life will be harmed by poker.
He lives in London and can frequently be seen playing in the European Poker Tour alongside his long time girlfriend Liv Boeree, who is also a feared tournament player and a member of REG. He is also a fan of the Burning Man festival, and takes part in a camp that features many other high rolling pros.
Published 1 year agoPokerstars Championship Prague - The Best All Ins!
It's Day 2 of the Pokerstars Championship Prague Main Event, with a collection of some of the most exciting all=ins as the r...
Published 1 year agoJeff Gross VLOG² 2: Big Names & Money In Barcelona!
Latest Team PokerStars pro Jeff Gross heads to the PSC Barcelona to play all tournaments the festival has to offer! Throughou...
Published 3 years ago2016 American Poker Awards - Stapes Jokes Around with Boeree and Kurganov
Joe Stapleton jokes with GPL London Royals Team manager Liv Boeree and Team member Igor Kurganov at the 2016 American Poker Awards...
Published 3 years agoParty Poker Premier League - Kurganov Outplays Shakerchi
Igor Kurganov makes a great play against Talal Shakerchi in this hand from the Party Poker Premier League.Phil Laak and Jennifer T...
Event #27 $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed will start its day one at 11:00 AM PST on 14th June 2017.
WSOP event organizers had some bling left over and donated a bracelet to Liv Boeree's charity where it fetched over $10K at auction.
It was one of the biggest and best fields ever assembled in the Super High Roller world, and it was Igor Kurganov who emerged victorious.
Chidwick’s victory in Barcelona was by far the biggest single cash of his career – not bad for someone who started his poker career with a bankroll of… freerolls!
Zedd finished 3rd among 226 entries for a payday of €44,000 ($51,823), falling two places short of the title and the first place prize of €92,700 ($109,181).
The German live ‘beast’ proved that he still has what it takes to crush online MTT’s as he took down the first prize of $178,498 under his ‘CrownUpGuy’ moniker.