Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
The money bubble has burst on Day 2 of the 2019 PokerStars EPT Open Sochi RUB133,000 Main Event (~$2,040) and a field of 879 entries has been whittled down all the way to 46 survivors after 10 levels of 60 minutes each. Thanks to an additional 26 entries before the start, a prize pool of more than $1.6 million was created and the top 127 spots took home a share of it.
Before the cards went underway, Russia's famous TV presenter and commentator Dmitry Guberniev delivered the shuffle up and deal alongside Chris Moneymaker and the next EPT Main Event in Sochi from March 20th to 29th, 2020 was officially announced.
When the chips were bagged and tagged, four players ended up within a few big blinds and it was Vladislav Petrov that pipped Lidiya Kozenkova for the chip lead. Petrov ended the day with 1,452,000 and Kozenkova was close behind with 1,420,000, while Dmitriy Kopyl (1,300,000), Yi Ye (1,300,000), and Natalia Panchenko (1,147,000) round out the top five as only other chip millionaires.
The tale of the two chip leaders could not have been any different. Petrov was among the bigger stacks by the time the bubble took place and was the one responsible to burst it when his ace-queen spiked an ace on the river to beat the pocket queens of Maryo Baaziz.
At the same time, Kozenkova was nursing a short stack and managed to spin that up in the final levels of the night. A big hero-call with a pair of jacks on a queen-high board against Artem Metelskiy vaulted the former Casino Sochi staff member to the top before Petrov claimed two decent pots and the overnight lead.
Among the notables still in contention for Day 3 are Artur Osipov (978,000), Aleksey Istomin (683,000), Dmitry Ponomarev (643,000), Pavel Vershinin (633,000), Mikhail Zamyatin (581,000), 2019 WSOP bracelet winner Anatolii Zyrin (326,000), and Vyacheslav Goryachev (256,000).
The two PokerStars ambassadors Chris Moneymaker and Fatima Moreira De Melo survived the money bubble and busted shortly after in 119th and 118th place respectively. Other big names that cashed were Nikolay Fal, Simon Burns, Dmitrii Sukhorukov, Laurynas Levinskas, Gleb Kovtunov, Kiryl "angrymoron" Radzivonau, and Roman Korenev.
None of the four former EPT Main Event champions at the start of Day 2 made it to the money spots as Maxim Lykov, Arsenii Karmatckii, Andrey Pateychuk, and Dzmitry Urbanovich came up short in the frantic and fast-paced early stages. Lykov would fall against eventual big stack Kopyl when his ace-seven failed to get there against pocket queens.
Andrey Andreev and Anatolii Filonenko, who were the top two stacks heading into the day, also failed to make it to the money and were sent to the rail prior to the second break already. Others such as Mikhail Semin, Konstantin Puchkov, Denis Timofeev, Gerald Karlic, and Tobias Peters were gone by the time hand-for-hand mode was announced.
Once the bubble burst, the floodgates opened and the field was cut down considerably. All the 46 hopefuls that made it through so far will return to Casino Sochi after a good night's sleep and aim to reach the final table.
The action recommences at noon local time on Saturday, October 12th, 2019, with blinds of 8,000-16,000 and a big blind ante of 16,000. As of Day 3 and until the conclusion of the event, the level duration increases to 75 minutes and the PokerNews team will be right there until a champion is crowned.
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|2||4||Abdul Mamin Abdal Ali Han||Russia||748,000||47|
The remaining 46 players have all bagged and tagged for the night. All chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.
Just after the last hands of the night were announced, Sergey Kudryavtsev ran out of chips and the last casualty of Day 2 was Petr Bartagov.
He saw his stack reduced to crumbs and got it in with the against the of Filipp Aukhodeev.
On a board of , three spades were not enough to keep Bartagov in contention and he exited in 47th place.
Vladislav Petrov raised to 140,000 on the turn and bet the river for 220,000 against Ghassan Bitar, who made the call.
Petrov showed the for a full house and may have just about taken over the lead at the very end of Day 2.
The clock has been stopped with 10 minutes left in the level and another four hands will be dealt until bagging and tagging.
Artem Metelskiy was aiming to push Vladislav Petrov off a pot and lost another chunk of his stack when Petrov called with for second pair on a king-high board, Metelskiy only had for a pair of eights.
In the meanwhile, Vladimir Shraiberg and Dmitriy Rikhard have been eliminated.
Egor Sukhov raised and then faced the three-bet shove of Mikhail Zamyatin for around 300,000. He asked for a count and eventually made the call.
The flop gave Zamyatin top pair and the nut flush draw, he held onto the lead on the turn and river.