LUNKIN UNIQUE IN TOP 20 LIST

In the top 20 list of the WSOP money leaders from 2004-2009, Vitaly Lunkin stands alone as the only person to make it into the standings without a main-event final table result to his name. The two-time bracelet winner is there thanks in large part to his incredible 2009 WSOP.

Lunkin won the commemorative $40,000 no-limit hold’em event for nearly $1.9 million, finished runner-up for the $10,000 PLO title for $419,832, and came in fourth place in the $50,000 Players Championship for $368,813 in 2009. Add all that, along with an additional $628,417 he received for winning a $1,500 bracelet in 2008, and you’ve got an astonishing tournament poker résumé.