He ended Day 5 as the chip leader among the final 7 survivors, and indeed he went on to win the event on the final day. That’s Russia’s Arseniy Karmatskiy for you, who defeated a massive field of 861 entries and came out victorious in the EPT (European Poker Tour) Sochi Main Event.
The RUB 192,000 buy-in Main Event started on 23rd March and ended on 29th March, at the Sochi Casino and Resort, Sochi. The RUB 150,000,000 guarantee was not beaten, and a total prizepool of RUB 146,171,460 was created, of which Arseniy Karmatskiy grabbed the lion’s share of RUB 27,300,000 ($464,100).
Not only did Karmatskiy beat his previous career best by a long way, but he also more than doubled his lifetime live poker earnings with this win. However, it is reported that he has won over $2 million in online poker cashes. Having the chip lead, he managed to knock out everyone on the final table, and finally faced Viktor Shegai in heads up.
The inexperienced Shegai had only about $10k in live poker earnings before this event, where he bagged ~$281,520 for second place. Going into heads up, Karmatskiy held a 4:1 chips lead and it wasn’t too long before he was crowned champion. Karmatskiy went all in with Q-10, while Shegai called with J-8. The board opened 10-7-6-7-6, and the former’s two-pair was good enough to win him the hand, the pot and the championship!
Have a look at the final table action here:
Final standings (earnings in USD):
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