A Russian Double in Event 58

Updated: July 9, 2012, 2:55 PM ET
By Gary Wise | Special To ESPN.com

You couldn't blame Viacheslav Zhukov if he thought this World Series of Poker thing was pretty easy. The 23-year-old attended his first WSOP in 2011 and promptly secured his first bracelet in the $10,000 Omaha high-low split eight-or-better championship. That first cash bracelet was worth $465,216, and he followed that up by cashing the main event, finishing 426th. Kids play.

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Courtesy of WSOP.comViacheslav Zhukov won his second WSOP bracelet in Event 58 of the 2012 WSOP.

That all seemed to change this year. Zhukov, by his own admission, was having a brutal series. Then, with just the $3,000 Omaha high-low split eight-or-better and the main event remaining on his schedule, everything changed.

"Last year was my first year to the WSOP," Zhukov told WSOP.com. "And I just feel lucky to win a bracelet. This year the series was going terrible. My only hope was two tournaments, the main event and this tournament. But in this tournament, I made it to Day 2, then to Day 3, and then, I have the experience to finish the tournament like a winner. Well, I did my best."

Tough is an understatement. Zhukov was one of five bracelet winners at the final table, with Scott Nguyen (eighth), Randy Ohel (fifth), David Baker (fourth) and Chris Bell (third) all making the grade. Roch Cousineau was his final opponent and was especially tough. He and Zhukov engaged in a three-hour heads-up match that included six lead changes before the young Russian finally put away the Canadian for good.

For beating the 526-player field, Zhukov won $330,277 of the $1,435,980 total prize pool. Zhukov's win contributes to the growing evidence that Russia's poker revolution is in full swing. With his second bracelet, he joins Vitaly Lunkin as the only Russians with multiple bracelets. In total, six Russians have won bracelets, and while Zhukov was scoring his win, countryman Konstantin Puchkov was busy tying the WSOP record for most cashes in one year, previously established by Nikolay Evdakov, another Russian.

Other notable finishers include Antoine Saout (19th), Bryan Devonshire (29th) and Erick Lindgren (49th).

Below are the complete results of Event 58 at the 2012 World Series of Poker:

Event 58: Omaha high-low split eight-or-better
Buy-in: $3,000
Entries: 526
Prize pool: $1,435,980
Players in the money: 54

1. Viacheslav Zhukov ($330,277)
2. Roch Cousineau ($204,426)
3. Chris Bell ($135,858)
4. David ODB Baker ($100,820)
5. Randy Ohel ($75,662)
6. Yuval Bronshtein ($57,339)
7. Jack Ward ($43,840)
8. Scotty Nguyen ($33,789)
9. Juan Ramirez ($26,235)
10. Daniel Mcnally ($20,520)
11. Felicia Johnico ($20,520)
12. Binh Nguyen ($20,520)
13. Dexter Mcnally ($16,255)
14. Antony Lellouche ($16,255)
15. T.J. Scarber ($16,255)
16. Kyle Bowker ($12,881)
17. Stephen Su ($12,881)
18. Mickey Appleman ($12,881)
19. Antoine Saout ($10,310)
20. Jesse Cohen ($10,310)
21. Kami Chisholm ($10,310)
22. Richard Sklar ($10,310)
23. Lester Suppes ($10,310)
24. Loren Klein ($10,310)
25. Marco Oliveira ($10,310)
26. Lyric Duveyoung ($10,310)
27. Joshua Field ($10,310)
28. Brad Peeples ($8,329)
29. Bryan Devonshire ($8,329)
30. Karl Mahrenholz ($8,329)
31. John Guth ($8,329)
32. John Shipley ($8,329)
33. Nicholas Verkaik ($8,329)
34. Alex Dovzhenko ($8,329)
35. Roman Verenko ($8,329)
36. Amnon Filippi ($8,329)
37. Ryan Laplante ($6,778)
38. Brent Carter ($6,778)
39. Ray Henson ($6,778)
40. Graham Clarkson ($6,778)
41. Angelo Wong ($6,778)
42. Michael Machugh ($6,778)
43. Michael Moed ($6,778)
44. Hamilton Mcgowan ($6,778)
45. John Gordon ($5,557)
46. Mike Kreacanko ($5,557)
47. Nital Jethalal ($5,557)
48. Don Dizon ($5,557)
49. Erick Lindgren ($5,557)
50. Dario Alioto ($5,557)
51. Stewart Yancik ($5,557)
52. Matthew Wood ($5,557)
53. Matthew Vengrin ($5,557)
54. Viatcheslav Ortynskiy ($5,557)

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