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The Bernard Lee Poker Show (4/12/22): Eugene Katchalov

By Bernard Lee
April 19, 2022

“No one thought Russia would invade Ukraine”…stated WSOP & WPT champion, Eugene Katchalov

 “Ukraine highways were literally being bombed”…stated WSOP & WPT champion, Eugene Katchalov

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Eugene Katchalov

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee interviews Eugene Katchalov, WSOP and WPT winner and co-owner of e-sports team, Qlash. Recently, Eugene escaped Ukraine after Russia invaded the country on February 24, 2022.

At the start of the interview, Eugene joins the show, describes his background, and why he returned to Ukraine for PokerStars. Eugene talks about founding the e-sports team Qlash with Italian poker pro Luca Pagano. Eugene talks about his poker popularity in Ukraine and tells how he met his wife. He also recalls the growing political tension in Ukraine and describes the invasion by Russia of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

During the second part of the interview, Eugene shares his decision-making process during the invasion and explains how he decided to drive west to leave country. Eugene talks about crossing over the Hungarian border and then trying to help others. He also shares how Leon Tsoukernik, owner of King’s Casino, has helped 500 refugee families. Eugene describes some shocking pictures from his Twitter account. Eugene supports the Emergency Response Fund for Ukraine via King Baudouin Foundation. To donate, please click below

https://kbfus.networkforgood.com/projects/54347-e-kbfus-funds-emergency-response-fund-for-ukraine

0:00Welcome to the Bernard Lee Poker Show. This week’s guest is Eugene Katchalov, WSOP and WPT winner and co-owner of e-sports team, Qlash. Recently, Eugene escaped Ukraine after Russia invaded the country.
2:34Poker League Of Nations Ad
3:36Bernard welcomes Eugene Katchalov.
4:41Eugene describes his background and shares why he returned to Ukraine for PokerStars.
11:39Eugene talks about founding the e-sports team, Qlash with Luca Pagano (Italian Poker Pro).
13:17Eugene talks about his poker popularity in Ukraine and shares how he met his wife.
18:42Eugene recalls the growing political tension in Ukraine and describes the invasion by Russia of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
29:10RunGood Gear Ad
29:53Bernard welcomes back Eugene Katchalov and talks about how Eugene escaped Ukraine after Russia invaded the country.
31:17Eugene recollects his decision-making process during the invasion and deciding to drive west to leave country.
36:43Eugene discusses which border he would decide to cross.
44:40Eugene talks about crossing over the Hungarian border and then trying to help others.
46:57Eugene describes how Leon Tsoukernik, owner of King’s Casino, has helped 500 refugee families.
50:04Eugene supports the Emergency Response Fund for Ukraine via King Baudouin Foundation.
51:50Eugene describes some shocking pictures from his Twitter account.
Eugene Katchalov WSOP bracelet

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Bernard Lee is a professional poker player who has more than $2.5 million and ten titles since turning pro following his 13th finish in the 2005 WSOP Main Event. Recognized as “the voice of poker in New England” by Cardplayer.com, Lee is known worldwide as a poker media personality having written for ESPN.com, PokerNews, Card […]

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