Moneymaker's Path to the PSPC
Twenty-six year old Vadzim Haiduk won his Platinum Pass at EPT Open Sochi, when he won Chris Moneymaker’s special “Road to the PSPC” tournament. There were 909 entries (inc. 456 re-entries) of approximately $163 apiece, and Haiduk’s victory earned him just short of $20,000. But the Platinum Pass is worth more than that, and he became the first player from Belarus to book his seat in Barcelona.
Originally from Minsk, but now based in Anapa, Russia, Haiduk is a sommelier by trade, who compliments his work in the restaurant industry as a collector and supplier of premium alcoholic drinks. He has a superb collection of whiskies — handy for someone who may have a lot of success to toast in August next year.
However Haiduk is not getting carried away. Far from it. He is insistent that it does nobody any favours to begin thinking about winning poker tournaments: it’s more just about preparing for disappointment so that any victory is a blessed surprise. “If it works out, it will be great, if it doesn’t work out, I won’t be sad,” he said.
Haiduk learnt from the best. He was an early fan of Chris Moneymaker and looks forward to renewing their acquaintance when they both play in Barcelona.