Some poker players seem to excel in satellite tournaments. Russia’s Pavel Kovalenko is one of those players who has a knack of turning a small buy-in into the chance of a life-changing score.

Kovalenko is a regular on the partypoker LIVE circuit, especially in Sochi, Russia. His third-place finish in the 2017 partypoker MILLION Sochi saw him turn $1,100 into $95,000. The Russian grinder has also enjoyed final table appearances in the WSOP Circuit Sochi Main Event, WPTDeepStacks Russia, and the Grand Prix Sochi Main Event.

Those deep runs have helped Kovalenko to amass almost $390,000 in live poker tournament winnings. He’s no slouch online either. Kovalenko triumphed in the $215 partypoker MILLION earlier this year and padded his bankroll with $153,820.

Now, Kovalenko has not one but two chances to win massive prizes after winning a $5,300 MILLIONS Online seat for a $5.50 investment and a package for the 2021 WPT Russia Main Event worth ₽300,000, which only cost him a ₽3,300 satellite entry.

Two Bullets, Two Victories!

Amazingly, Kovalenko won both these incredible prizes after firing a single bullet in each! The Russian star loves player poker but has found his playing time limited following the birth of his third child. He limits himself to playing on Sundays, online poker’s busiest day of the week, but only fired up a single tournament on the past two weekends.

Kovalenko bought into a $5.50 MILLIONS Online satellite and progressed to the $55 level before securing a $5,300 seat in the weekly final. He bought into the ₽3,300 roubles semi-final after discovering the ₽330 roubles satellite started too late. It turned out to be a solid decision not to wait for the smaller buy-in satellite because he navigated his way into the final. Kovalenko needed to finish in first place in the WPT Russia satellite to get his hands on the ₽300,000 top prize, and he did exactly that.

The satellite star is on a real high right now, winning these packages and becoming a father for the third time.

“I guess everything is going right for me after the birth of my third child. It could be a great time to start playing more than one table. I will try to work on that in the near future.”

Added Value in the Daily Legends Satellite Edition

Perhaps Kovalenko will continue his satellite success in the ongoing Daily Legends Satellite Edition, a superb promotion that runs through until December 20.

Playing in any Daily Legends satellites awards you with a free prize and you can get your hands on up to four free prizes each and every day. Just be careful of Kovalenko is at your table because he’s in super-hot form right now and will likely lock up a seat!

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