Kirill Gerasimov

Kirill Gerasimov is a Russian professional poker player. He is best known for his appearance in the WPT episode during season 1.

Born in 1971 in Moscow, Soviet Union, worked as an insurance agent before he entered the poker world. He learned the basics of poker by reading Doyle Brunson's Super System and learned more later after being mentored by Marcel Lüske.

Gerasimov started entering poker tournaments throughout Europe in 2001 and won the World Heads-Up Poker Championship in Vienna in 2002, winning the €60,000 first prize. He also won the Rookie of the Year in the 2002 European Awards.

He exploded onto the poker world when he took second place in the WPT $25,000 season 1 championship event in 2003, earning $506,625. He impressed a lot of people with his aggressive play at the final table when he got heads-up at the end with Alan Goehring. He got into trouble on a couple of hands and went all-in to save himself twice. The veteran Goehring recognized this pattern and changed his style and beautifully trapped Kirill when he flopped a set with pocket Queens and slowplayed it. Since this tournament he has made several WSOP final tables and cashed in many major tournaments, and, up until 2007, was the highest-earning Russian player. It was during the broadcast of this tournament that it was first pointed out that he looks like Matt Damon

In 2003, Gerasimov made his first WSOP final table, finishing 6th to eventual winner Amir Vahedi in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold-Em event, earning $24,000.

In 2004, Gerasimov made 2 more WSOP final tables: a 5th place finish in the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold-Em event for $30,060 and a 2nd place finish in the $1,500 No Limit Hold-Em shootout for $100,000.

At the 2005 WSOP, he cashed 4 times, including a 2nd place finish in the seven-card stud tournament for $108,775, and cashed in the main event for the first time.

He made 2 final tables during the second season of the European Poker Tour (EPT), finishing 5th and 3rd.

At the 2008 WSOP he made 2 more final tables, 5th in the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha w/ Rebuys, earning $192,870 and 6th in the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em event, earning $177,111. He also cashed in the main event again.

At the 2009 WSOP, he finished 2nd in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em event, earning $391,369.

Gerasimov is also known for making an amazing call in the WSOP. After thinking his opponent had checked, he in turn checked and then showed his opponent his hand which consisted of a ten-high, missed flush draw. His opponent then claimed that he himself had not checked (which was confirmed) was allowed to bet. He went all-in and Gerasimov, thinking that this was a bluff, called with his ten high and won the pot.

Kirill has cashed in 3 WPT events, 1 WPT final table, 24 WSOP cashes (in only 9 years!) and total live tournament winnings (as of 2009) exceeding $2,500,000. He hasn't won a bracelet but has three 2nd-place finishes at the WSOP. Despite his high-profile appearance on the WPT, he still hasn't gotten the recognition he deserves.


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Who is this no named Donk?

bad_dog76 on November 30, 2007

This guy is a sav. I love the way he plays and really deserved to win the World Poker Tour against Alan Goehring. Good luck and keep up the good work.

Bender on July 30, 2006

who is this ass clown?

Unregistered on August 27, 2005

jeleus? Hey Jets you know that the rest of us are typing in English, right? Stop sucking englishcat's puny little dick and learn to spell you idiot.

Unregistered on August 21, 2005

This guy is a moron to watch. That is all I have to say. LOL.

PokerRookie on August 20, 2005

all of you are just jeleus of him he is a good player

JetsFan315 on August 19, 2005

what a loser this guy aint goin nowhere... Like y0 m0mma hahahaahaahahah losers

momma joneseys on July 22, 2005

u mean thIs guy right? get your spelling on check be4 u make fun of millionaire poker pros k?

vampyre on May 17, 2005

These guy will be a nobody with stories to tell to any passerby in five years, guaranteed.

loser on May 4, 2005

kirill is tite he has much to learn but 1.5 years and already 500k+ in the bag not bad

vampyre on February 9, 2005

ALL-INN!!!... bwahahhaha you are busted man! nice play nonetheless, but it came on the wrong time....

Henry/Iveyfan on January 31, 2005

played this loser NL hold em, he sucks

flush80 on December 30, 2004

His coach is Marcel Luske, so he should do fine!

Eddie on December 30, 2004

I'm sorry, but this guy sucks, I've played omaha vs him.. ( His game of choice) at pokerstars, he made the dumbest calls I've ever seen. And won only when getting lucky with 4out draws

Unregistered on November 6, 2004

Kiril / Kirril is a character, a Russian operative, in the Bourne Supremacy. Which stars Matt Damon. Has Matt Damon ever been seen in the same room at the same time as this guy?

Kimba on November 5, 2004

he does if he becomes a pro player he should add the nickname kirill the killer.

Shkerdhati on October 27, 2004

Dude looks like Matt Damon.

herman007 on June 24, 2004

I saw him recently at WSOP 2004, he has grown his hair out and almost didn't recognize him. Definitely looking good ladies...

Ned on May 12, 2004

real player and nice guy

beener on February 27, 2004

hey dbmc7, watch the tape again, he lost on the last card. He was up until the last card drawn and would have won that event. Kirrils got game, "the young Ruskie" is top one.

tom on February 26, 2004

this guys is ridiculous, his heads up skills are supposed to be unreal, ok so he won the heads up title in whatever country he's from, but he got worked heads up in that WPT event.

dbmc7 on February 24, 2004

This Guy Rules!

Unregistered on February 23, 2004

Kirril "the young Russian" is great to watch. He makes WPT very exciting. Keep up the great work. Where did you get those shades?

Tom on February 12, 2004

I don't believe it! Kirill "the young Russian" is going all in again! he's fearless. Kirril- you're my favorite player, go get 'em you Ruskie.

T.C. on February 12, 2004

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