Anatoly ‘NL_Profit’ Filatov Talks partypoker MILLIONS Dreams - and His Biggest Secret!

Anatoly NL_Profit Filatov has worked his way up from $1 SNGs to the very biggest tournaments in the world, cashing for $millions and securing a partypoker deal along the way.

By: Andrew Burnett

HighStakesDB caught up with the Russian crusher to find out just what it takes to become a feared poker pro, how his partypoker sponsorship came about and what he would do if he was ‘boss for a day’!

Q: What is the single biggest factor (if there is one) in taking your game from micro/low stakes up to highstakes?

I always like to compete and set myself goals and achieve them and I feel like tournament poker is very suitable for that. The main point – I like to win and hate losing so that keeps me motivated to move up in stakes.

Q: What does partypoker offer you/players that other sites should be following?

Good tournaments, live series, promo. Rakeback for grinders. I like to play big series that are running the whole year! Powerfest is great! Live series are amazing. Millions, WPT, WSOP-C. Crazy promos – 100k for last longer, additional value for PPL and etc.

Q: Who do you think is the best all-round player in poker?

I look up to high stakes cash players, who are also very good in tournaments as it shows their skills in more than one format. Players like Nikita Bodzyakovsky, Vogelsang or Ike Haxton.

Q: What is your favourite poker playing destination?

I like to visit new locations and places. Lots of the partypoker LIVE stops are great. In 2018 I was in Montreal for the first time – loved it. This time I am very excited about MILLIONS RIO.

Q: Do you have a team/friends in Russia that you study/share ideas with?

Not exactly. I discuss some hands and strategy ideas with couple of friends. But no hard team work.

Q: You’ve already achieved a lot, but what is your ultimate goal in the game?

I have no ultimate goal, I just want to stay longer, keep improving and achieving good results for a long time. My goals for now are playing 25k, 50k and 100k live. That is what I really want to do.

Q: If you hadn’t found poker, what would you be doing right now?

That’s an interesting question. I studied computer science in university, but am so bad in working with software. I could probably go to financial sector or sales or something like that.

Q: Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody would believe?

I have never been drunk in my life. And I have never tried to drink vodka.

Q: Design your own perfect partypoker tournament – what does it look like?

The partypoker LIVE stops have been great and there’s not much I would change. The perfect tournament though would have to mean finishing first in Millions event. That was perfect! I want one more now!

Q: What is the most memorable/ridiculous/amazing poker experience you’ve had?

It was definitely my biggest win in Sochi this summer at Millions Russia. Epic run. I was down to 10bb in top 20 and then won QJo vs AA and then 1st place. So sick. I turned 30 when the main starts and it’s completely crazy!

Q: How much money would you have to be offered to give up poker?

I never think about it. Probably 5 million and I quit. But it doesn’t mean that when I win 5 million I quit. Because I like to compete and win.

Q: Outside of poker, what brings you most enjoyment in life?

Spending time with my wife and friends. Playing football, travelling, watching UFC.

Q: partypoker makes you ‘manager for a day’ – what happens? What would you do? What would you change?

It’s a tricky question. I can only have an opinion as a player! I know there are some improvements we could make, but the team is already working on it so I don’t want to spill. I want to make a TV show with ambassadors and satellite qualifiers. I would like to introduce something like a Team Country Battle with a big prize.

Q: If you had to choose one player to play for your soul against the devil (!) who would it be a) live and b) online?

We need to clarify what are the rules and which game we’re going to play.  But it’s even worse when heads up for rolls.

Currently sitting at 15th in the all-time Russian moneywinners list, Anatoly’s attitude to the game will doubtless see that ranking improved on over the next few years – and much quicker if his partypoker MILLIONS dreams come true!


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