November Nine Bio’s: Anton Makiievskyi & Sam Holden

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Name: Anton Makiievskyi

Age: 21

Hometown: Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, now resides in Kiev

Online Alias: ?

Current Place: 8th

Current Chip Count: 13,825,000

Vegas Odds-To-Win:  11-1

Largest Online Win: ?

Largest Live Win Prior To WSOP: $18,787 Yalta Summer Poker Festival

Anton is not only the first Ukrainian player to represent a spot at the WSOP Main Event final table in history, but also has a chance to break the record set by Joe Cada as the youngest winner ever should he win. This has been a stellar year for Ukraine, winning 4 bracelets already in 2011.

The young pro, who had just finished his University studies in June of this year, acquired a visa to the US in order to play in the World Series. He got his start in poker by playing Sit And Go’s online for two years before making the move to tournaments over the past year. His live experience is limited due to his young age but he did earn a modest $17,500 for 170th place in the 2008 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, as well as several other cashes in eastern European poker tournaments totalling almost $60,000.


Name: Sam Holden

Age: 22

Hometown: Originally Heurstmonceux, now based in Canterbury, UK

Online Alias: SAMDMND

Current Place: 9th

Current Chip Count: 12,375,000

Vegas Odds-To-Win:  14-1

Largest Online Win: $89,000 PokerStars Sunday Million

Largest Live Win Prior To WSOP: £ 3,550 UK & Ireland Poker Tour


So far this year, there have been 3 bracelet winners from Great Britain. Sam Holden is hoping to be the 4th, but he’s got some ground to make up first. When play resumes in November, he’ll have the shortest stack at the table. However, with over 12 million chips at his disposal, he still has plenty of ammunition to be a contender.

Sam got his start in poker while studying forensic science at the University of Kent. While being a student, he had limited time for live play and, in fact, only has a little over $10,000 in live game winnings. However his online history tells a different story, where he has amassed over $300,000 in tournament winnings since 2007. He started out playing just $5 tournaments, but he soon learned he had a knack for the game. Before he knew it, he was making enough that he didn’t require a job while at university.

When not playing poker, Sam enjoys golf as one of his favourite hobbies, as well socializing with friends over fine food and wine.