Eugene Katchalov Joins Team Pokerstars Pro

Eugene KatchalovOn Wednesday, PokerStars added a new member to their Pro Team. Eugene “MyRabbiFoo” Katchalov will be joining the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker, Joe Hachem, and Vanessa Rousso.

The 29-year-old player Ukraine native now resides in New York. He has had good results on the live tournament circuit, having amassed nearly $400,000 from live tournaments from 2004 to 2007. Many players would have first recognized him when he won the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, taking home almost $2.5 million.

Since then, he has had 11 WSOP cashes from 2008 to 2009. In 2009, it was an especially good year, placing third in the High Roller Event at the European Poker Tour London stop for $300,000.

Last year he reached three WSOP final tables in HORSE, Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em, and Omaha Hi/Lo games, showing that Katchalov is a well-rounded poker player.

When all is said and done, Katchalov has $6.1 million lifetime live tournament earnings. According to the Hendon Mob he is 38th on the all-time money list.

Katchalov hasn’t had it always his own way, however. In recent time, he took on feared Swede high-stakes cash game pro Viktor “Isildur1” Blom in the Superstar Showdown challenge. The two players were required to play 2,500 hands of $50/$100 No Limit Hold’em over four tables on PokerStars. Katchalov was up early on in the session but in the end, Blom won $111,750.

Commenting in a press release on the PokerStars Team Pro new addition, Negreanu said: “Eugene has always flown under the radar, but among his peers, his game is well respected and he is considered one of the best in the world, both in tournaments and cash games. I’m thrilled to see Eugene as part of the team. He’s a great guy and an excellent poker ambassador.”

In an interview on the PokerStars Blog, Katchalov described what becoming a Team PokerStars Pro means to him: “It means being a part of what I believe to be a great team of players and a very professional and serious poker site that opens up many opportunities to its players and pros. I also have a sense of achievement since I am given the opportunity to represent the largest and most successful poker site around. This also gives me the opportunity to grow even further as a worldwide player.”

Despite going by the name “MyRabbiFoo” in the online poker world, Katchalov will now use the nickname “E. Katchalov” when playing on PokerStars.