296 players from 33 countries took part in the first ever EPT Kyiv (about 80 of them PokerStars players) and created a prize pool of €1,391,200. Maxim "Decay" Lykov, 21, from Moscow, was the chip leader after both day 2 and day 3. When he reached the final table there was no doubt that he would become the last man standing. After 6 hours the final table was down to heads-up. The two remaining players were Alexander Dovzhenko and Maxim Lykov. But there was not a long fight between these two as it only took the 21-year-old Russian 20 hands to take down the tournament. For the win Maxim "Decay" Lykov received €330,000 and also became the first ever Russian to win an EPT.
Maxim "Decay" Lykov's own words after the win.
"On days two and three, I really felt quite confident that I would make the final. I am very proud to win this tournament. It was a hard contest but I believed I could do it."
Over €600,000 in winnings
Maxim "Decay" Lykov, has been very successful this year as he has won over €600,000 from different live tournaments. His last notable win was in June in the WSOP when he came third in the $5k NLHE event and won €145,000. Expect to see and hear a lot more about this young man in future tournaments!