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Sofia Lovgren Advances to Day 2 at 888poker LIVE Sochi, Shafigullin Leads

Sofia Lovgren

The third starting day of the 2019 888poker LIVE Sochi Main Event turned out to be the biggest one yet thanks to 135 entries, which boosted the overall field size to 318 entries in total. In cooperation with Poker Club Management and Casino Sochi in the mountain region of Krasnaya Polyana, the flagship event in the first-ever 888poker LIVE festival on Russian soil features a buy-in of 62,160 RUB (~ $888) and a guaranteed prize pool of 35,000,000 RUB (~ $500,000).

After 10 levels of 40 minutes each, it was Marat Shafigullin that pulled ahead of the rest by quite a margin after steamrolling through the field and sending several players to the rail. Shafigullin claimed 373,900 to his name, the second-biggest stack of all the Day 1 survivors thus far. Second in chips after Day 1c is Evgeniy Shibaldin (277,700), closely followed by Latvia's Aleksandrs Natalcenko (231,500), and Anton Badulin (226,400).

Other notables that made the cut include Rustam Khamatgareev (203,000), Vyacheslav Bernikov (171,800), Eduard Barsegyan (144,300), Andrey Danilyuk (140,000), Fraser MacIntyre (101,200), Anvar Muratov (71,600), and Pavel Kovalenko (65,000).

Top 5 Chip Counts after Day 1c 888poker LIVE Sochi Main Event

PlacePlayerCountryChip Count
1Marat ShafigullinRussia373,900
2Evgeniy ShibaldinRussia277,700
3Aleksandrs NatalcenkoLatvia231,500
4Anton BadulinRussia226,400
5Rustam KhamatgareevRussia203,000

Sofia Lovgren was also among those to take another shot at the action after she had been eliminated on Day 1a and the 888poker ambassador from Sweden quickly doubled her stack after sitting down. Things didn't go as smooth after her table change, but Lovgren scored a late double with kings versus aces when she flopped a full house. Lovgren bagged up an above-average stack of 122,200.

More than half the field was sent to the rail, however, and among those to run out of chips were Dmitry Vitkind, Aleksey Istomin, Vangelis Kaimakamis, Viktor Kudinov, Mikhail Zamyatin, Ruslan Mityaev, Igor Rybak, and Sergey Pichugin. Mityaev shot to the top of the leaderboard just before the first break of the day when his kings held up against queens and eights to send Andrey Osipov and Artem Lukyanov to the rail, but Mityaev was unable to keep up the momentum and fell short of making Day 2.

Several 888poker online qualifiers also entered the competition including Manuel Torrents Avalos and Eduardo Da Rocha, but both were among those to bust. Torrents Avalos four-bet jammed with tens into the pocket aces of Anton Badulin and Da Rocha was ousted just shy of bagging and tagging when his top pair was no good against flopped top two pair.

The penultimate starting day of the Main Event has commenced at 8 p.m. local time the same night with levels of 25 minutes each. All those that fail to secure a seat for Day 2 have another shot as of 10 a.m. the next morning in the turbo heat 1e with levels of 15 minutes and can also enter and re-enter for the first four 60-minute levels as of 1.30 p.m.

A short recap of the remaining two starting days and the respective chip counts of Day 1d and 1e will be published prior to the restart of Day 2 in the PokerNews live reporting section, along with the seat draw of all survivors.

Follow along with PokerNews live updates to stay up-to-date with all the latest from Casino Sochi as the 888poker LIVE Sochi event rolls on


  • The first-ever 888poker LIVE Main Event in Sochi sports a guaranteed prize pool of 35,000,000 RUB.

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