Sergii Baranov is a 39-year-old businessman from Odessa, Ukraine. Baranov, who finished Day 2 of this event as the chip leader, is bringing a stack of 3.339 million to the final table which is good for 2nd place. Baranov has been one of the more colorful characters in this field, often serving as a rival to the bombastic antics of Phil Hellmuth.
Baranov lists two wins of side events on the European Poker Tour as his greatest accomplishments in poker, a game which he simply considers a hobby. A win today, however, may change all of that. Baranov has a grand total of $252,862 in lifetime tournament winnings, meaning that no matter what place he comes in today he will be guaranteed his largest live tournament score.