We just talked about Philipp Gruissem, and now we're onto Igor Kurganov, who is good friends with Gruissem and has shared a few final tables with him.
Back in October 2011, Kurganov took second place to Gruissem in the EPT London £20,000 High Roller for £318,300. Prior to that, he finished runner-up to Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier in the 2011 EPT Grand Final High Roller for €123,000. It was a year later, though, that Kurganov scored the largest live win of his career, and one that earned him the first seven-figure payday of his life.
At the 2012 EPT Grand Final High Roller, Kurganov emerged victorious for a whopping €1.08 million. He defeated an elite field that included a final table of Daniel Negreanu, Gruissem, Justin Bonomo, Artem Litvinov, Noah Schwartz and Team PokerStars Pro Max Lykov.
In total, Kurganov has over $2.5 million in live tournament winnings. He'll enter the day sixth in chips out of the final seven with 318,000.