Seat 6: Maxim Panyak, 44, Yekaterinburg/Russia, PokerStars qualifier - 3,345,000
From all the Russian players who regularly travel around the poker circuit, Maxim Panyak may have been the one who has been flying under the radar until now. The 44-year-old from Yekaterinburg, however, has already racked up more than $1 million in live tournaments. Panyak earned the biggest prize of his career when he took down the 2015 €10k TonyBet Open Face Chinese tournament in Prague for €110,000 but he's proved his abilities in No-Limit Hold'em, too. Panyak won the Russian Poker Tour Main Event in Kiev six years ago, collecting €73,888 along with the title. His show-case also features a trophy from Monaco as Panyak topped the EPT12 Grand Final €2k Hyper Turbo Win the Button, scooping €44,280 together with the silverware. Panyak has notched up four EPT Main Event cashes in his career, with the best result earned at PCA 2013 where he finished in 27th place for $47,000. He's active online, too. His accolades include several five figure results including a SCOOP final table and a Sunday Supersonic title. Panyak is the oldest player on the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event final table; he's five months older than his fellow countryman Andrey Bondar.