Sergey Brykalin fired up his partypoker account one morning and found an $11 ticket waiting for him. Brykalin decided to use his free ticket to buy into the WPTDeepStacks #06 Mini Turbo Knockout and see if he could run up a stack. The Russian star did more than run up a stack, he went all the way and outlasted 8,952 opponents and banked the $5,834 top prize plus $3,000 worth of bounties for a combined prize worth $8,834.
Turning a free ticket into $8,834? Surely the stuff only dreams are made of, but not for Sochi's Sergey Brykalin who managed to take down a @WPTDeepStacks event from a free ticket! @WPT Read more: https://t.co/rbGg2uFbAQ pic.twitter.com/jlQR4y3Ak6— partypoker (@partypoker) October 22, 2021
Brykalin was about to go on vacation and almost missed his free ticket. He checked the partypoker Discord channel and saw someone talking about partypoker giving away free tickets, so decided to check his account on the off chance he had been randomly selected. It turns out that he had.
The WPTDeepStacks Mini Turbo Knockout champion has played poker for more than ten years, but with some breaks along the way. he started playing cash games and played tournaments on weekends, before taking a year-long break in 2016. He returned to the grind in 2017 focussing solely on tournament poker. Brykalin plays up to 12 tables simultaneously with an average buy-in of $20.