2017 World Series of Poker

Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship

Player Interview: Eugene Kotlyarevskiy

Level 18 : 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Eugene Kotlyarevskiy
Eugene Kotlyarevskiy

Eugene Kotlyarevskiy is sitting second in chips heading back from the second break of the day. The East Coast grinder started the day with 971,000 and now sports a healthy 2.4 million to play with.

He is already guaranteed a payout of just a few thousand less than his biggest cash to date, which he earned in last year's Main Event when he placed 278th for $36,708.

PokerNews spoke with Kotlyarevskiy to find out how play's been and to learn his strategy for the rest of the day.

Kotlyarevskiy: I won most of my chips from two big hands. The quads over quads hand and then a very friendly runout when I had ace-queen against aces. Then I've been playing small pots ever since to chip up.

PokerNews: Have you been able to get full value from being the chip leader at your table?

Kotlyarevskiy: My table is pretty solid. I think everybody left is a pretty confident player. Hopefully, I can use my stack. We'll see. I'm sort of waiting for the blinds to get bigger.

PokerNews: How would you rate the play today?

Kotlyarevskiy: Play today is significantly faster. That's about it. There were so many short stacks coming in that it just seems like there were a lot of people sticking it in. I mean, we lost about 400 people already today.

PokerNews: What's you plan for the rest of Day 4?

Kotlyarevskiy: Look, I have 200 big blinds, I don't want to do anything stupid. I'm going to keep it on cruise control for now and see what happens.

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