€25,000 High Roller

Seat 5: Max Lykov (Russia) -- 271,000

Max Lykov

Max Lykov is one of two Team PokerStars Pros to make this final table. Lykov began playing poker in 2005 while at school and it only took him a couple of years before he started crushing the games everywhere.

In 2009, Lykov had a great year on the felt. He had a few cashes leading up until the summer, where he then placed third in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout event at the World Series of Poker for $145,062. A couple months later, he won the European Poker Tour Kiev event for €330,000 and the first major victory of his career.

In 2011, Lykov won his first WSOP gold bracelet after conquering a $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event for just short of $650,000. Altogether, Lykov has nearly $2.7 million in live tournament earnings and is fifth on the Russian all-time money list.

Lykov will have the hardest mountain to climb today as he enters with the least amount of chips at 271,000.

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