Everyone is raving about Diego Ventura’s impressive victory in the 2020 Caribbean Poker Party Main Event thanks to him winning almost $880,000 when he became the champion. And rightly so, but there the CPP Main Event was full of incredible stories, including that of Ukraine’s Yevhenii Dushko.
Dushko finished 55th in the Main Event and walked away with a welcomed $19,184 prize. That in itself is impressive enough but the best part is Dushko won his $5,300 Main Event seat for a single cent! $0.01 into $19,184 is an amazing achievement.
The Ukrainian star won his way into Day 1A from one of the many centroll satellites. Just making it that far made for a great story but it appears Lady Luck wanted Dushko’s story to continue.
“I got lucky during Day 1A when I had a set of aces over a set of eights and that helped build a stack and progress to Day 2. I felt I played quite well despite the obviously different level of skill compared to my usual limits; there were a lot of strong players.”
After qualifying for Day 2, Dushko had a full week to wait before the tournament resumed. He tried to go about his business as normal even though he knew he had the chance of a life-changing score.
“It was a normal week between Day 1 and Day 2. I was meeting with my girlfriend and my parents, but I always has the tournament in the back of my mind. It was a very important tournament and I knew I needed to cash. I am not someone who misses opportunities like this.”
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“It was an honour to play at the same table as Haxton. He is the very definition of a professional poker player and he sets standard that everybody should look up to. Also, during Day 1A, I played on the same table as Michael Addamo. I really like how he plays. Just the memories of us playing together cheers me up and I am sure it wasn’t the last time we’ll do it!”
Addamo finished Day 1A as the chip leader and went on to finish in 58th place for $18.147, meaning Dushko outlasted him! Haxton navigated his way to the final table where he came unstuck in fifth place for $200,659.
$19,184 is the equivalent of almost 550,000 Ukrainian Hryvnia. The average salary in Kiev, Ukraine is 10,000 Ukrainian Hryvnia so this score is huge for Dushko. Has he splashed the cash on anything extravagant?
“I haven’t even thought about any big purchases to be honest. I know that I have to keep my head cool after winning this big prize. The money will help my life for sure, but I feel like I don’t have to do anything spontaneous. It also will help me continue growing as a poker player. I am grateful that my friends and family treat my love of poker with respect and without the stereotypes about gambling. This is support was very important to me.”
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