2019 PokerStars EPT Sochi

₽191,800 EPT Main Event
Day: 2
Event Info

2019 PokerStars EPT Sochi

Final Results
Winning Hand
27,475,000 RUB
Event Info
191,800 RUB
Prize Pool
145,500,000 RUB
Level Info
60,000 / 120,000

₽191,800 EPT Main Event

Day 2 Completed

Denisov Still in Control After EPT Sochi Main Event Day 2

Level 15 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante
Aleksandr Denisov
Aleksandr Denisov

Of the 305 players who started the day, 100 were still standing at the end and it was Aleksandr Denisov, overall chip leader coming into Day 2, who fought off the competition to bag biggest once again. Though he lost his lead during the day, he chipped up well in the run up to the bubble and was the only player to make it to seven figures, finishing on 1,017,000 in chips.

Hot on his heels are Mikhail Aleksandrov (942,000), Vadim Baranov (865,000), Dmitry Yurasov (658,000) and Aleksandr Sheshukov (657,000), who make up the remaining top five finishers. There are also many experienced players still in the field. Sergey Chantsev (645,000), Maksim Pisarenko (547,000), Ezequiel Waigel (519,000), Viktor Ustimov (505,000) are all chipped up. Anatolii Zyrin (294,000), Matous Houzvicek (276,000) are also still in the running, as well as reigning Champion Arseniy Karmatskiy (78,000).

The bubble
The bubble

Near the end of Level 15, it was Klaus Haunschmidt who finished as the unfortunate bubble boy. He was down to the wire when he decided to get it in with pocket-nines and despite having the best hand vs two opponents, his hand was no good by the river. A special mention goes to Artur Martirosyan for managing to survive with just one chip. Though he failed to spin up once the money was reached, he will take home a min cash of ₽364,000 (~$5,600).

There were many notables who failed to progress to Day 3. Team PokerStars Pro Online Mikhail Shalamov managed to survive the bubble despite being one of the shortest stacks in the field but exited shortly after. In the final hand of the night, Shalamov got the last of his chips in with ace-jack but found he was up against Denisov’s ace-queen. The chip leader held and Shalamov takes home a mincash for his efforts.

Mikhail Shalamov
Mikhail Shalamov

Team PokerStars Pro and PSPC Champion Ramon Colillas also crashed out after losing a flip with pocket eights against Mark Zhang’s ace-queen suited. Some of the other notable casualties included Leonid Bilokur, Konstantin Puchkov, Maksim Panyak, Kiryl Radzivonau, Gor Kazaryan, Wenling Gao, Yaniv Peretz, Yang Wang, Yury Masliankou, Jia Tang, Vitaliy Avanesyan, Vladimir Drokin, Aram Sargsyan and Tomas Fionn Macnamara.

Tomorrow the 100 remaining players will return at midday to Casino Sochi, where they will continue their campaign to take home the title, the trophy and the all-important ₽27,475,000 ($426,606) top prize.

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Tags: Aleksandr DenisovAleksandr SheshukovAnatolii ZyrinAram SargsyanArseniy KarmatskiyArtur MartirosyanDmitry YurasovEzequiel WaigelGor KazaryanJia TangKiryl RadzivonauKlaus HaunschmidtKonstantin PuchkovLeonid BilokurMaksim PisarenkoMatous HouzvicekMikhail AleksandrovMikhail ShalamovRamon ColillasSergey ChantsevTomas Fionn MacNamaraWenling GaoYang WangYaniv PeretzYury Masliankou

End of Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

Level 15 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Aleksandr Denisov ru
Aleksandr Denisov
1,017,000 17,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Mikhail Aleksandrov ru
Mikhail Aleksandrov
942,000 222,000
Vadim Baranov ru
Vadim Baranov
865,000 45,000
Dmitry Yurasov ru
Dmitry Yurasov
658,000 158,000
Aleksandr Sheshukov ru
Aleksandr Sheshukov
657,000 27,000
Serafim Kovalevsky ru
Serafim Kovalevsky
653,000 193,000
Sergey Chantsev ru
Sergey Chantsev
645,000 245,000
Vitaliy Pankov ru
Vitaliy Pankov
619,000 19,000
Maksim Pisarenko ru
Maksim Pisarenko
547,000 472,000
Andrey Malyshev ru
Andrey Malyshev
527,000 37,000
Ezequiel Waigel ar
Ezequiel Waigel
519,000 303,000
Viktor Ustimov ru
Viktor Ustimov
505,000 35,000
Day 1B Chip Leader
Nikita Kuznetsov ru
Nikita Kuznetsov
473,000 257,000
Andriy Lyubovetskiy ua
Andriy Lyubovetskiy
355,000 320,200
Francisco Benitez uy
Francisco Benitez
337,000 269,900
Garri Tevosov ru
Garri Tevosov
324,000 207,000
Roman Sokolov ru
Roman Sokolov
320,000 275,600
Vitaliy Karaivan ru
Vitaliy Karaivan
312,000 204,400
Anatolii Zyrin ru
Anatolii Zyrin
294,000 201,500
Robert Faizrakhmanov ru
Robert Faizrakhmanov
293,000 118,000
Uri Gilboa il
Uri Gilboa
292,000 -128,000
EPT 1X Winner
Danil Bukharin ru
Danil Bukharin
289,000 79,000
Day 3 Chip Leader
Azamat Tyazhgov ru
Azamat Tyazhgov
281,000 212,000
Ekaterina Shevchenko ru
Ekaterina Shevchenko
280,000 81,500
Murun Ganzorig mn
Murun Ganzorig
278,000 43,000

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Denisov Over a Million with Shalamov Elimination

Level 15 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante
Mikhail Shalamov
Mikhail Shalamov

Aleksandr Denisov must have heard Vadim Baranov stacking up his chips on the neighbouring table as he's just put in a late surge to secure himself the chip lead for the second day straight.

Holding {a-Spades}{q-Diamonds} he sent Mikhail Shalamov to the rail in the last hand of the night when the Team PokerStars Online member's {a-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} couldn't catch up on a {3-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{4-Spades} board.

Players are now bagging up. Stay tuned for a full recap of the day's play.

Player Chips Progress
Aleksandr Denisov ru
Aleksandr Denisov
1,000,000 440,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Mikhail Shalamov ru
Mikhail Shalamov

Tags: Aleksandr DenisovMikhail Shalamov

Baranov a Late Challenger for Chip Lead

Level 15 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante

Sergey Petrushevskiy opened to 9,000 and got two callers including Aben Zholgaliev. Vadim Baranov three-bet to 23,000 from the big blind and Petrushevskiy and Zholgaliev were the only callers.

The flop came {a-Clubs}{5-Spades}{6-Clubs}. Zholgaliev checked and Baranov continued for 15,000. Petrushevskiy raised to 48,000 and both players called.

The turn was the {q-Spades}. Zholgaliev checked and Baranov bet 15,000. Petrushevskiy called before Zholgaliev check-raised all in for well in excess of 200,000. Baranov called and Petrushevskiy folded.

Aben Zholgaliev: {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades}
Vadim Baranov: {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}

It was set over set and the {2-Clubs} confirmed Zholgaliev's elimination, with Baranov moving over 800,000 and challenging Aleksandr Denisov for the chip lead.

Player Chips Progress
Vadim Baranov ru
Vadim Baranov
820,000 370,000
Sergey Petrushevskiy ru
Sergey Petrushevskiy
165,000 -25,000
Aben Zholgaliev kz
Aben Zholgaliev

Tags: Aben ZholgalievAleksandr DenisovSergey Petrushevskiy

Haunschmidt Bubbles

Level 15 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante
Klaus Haunschmidt
Klaus Haunschmidt

Klaus Haunschmidt is down and out after getting his chips in preflop with {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}. Two players called and then checked all the way to the river. At showdown with the completed board showing {2-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}, they turned over their cards...

Aram Vartevanyan: {6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}
Sergey Frizyak: {8-Hearts}{2-Hearts}
Klaus Haunschmidt: {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}

Though the preflop favourite, Haunschmidt couldn't hold to the river and is the last player to be eliminated who doesn't make a return on his investment.

Player Chips Progress
Aram Vartevanyan ru
Aram Vartevanyan
135,000 -3,200
Sergey Frizyak ru
Sergey Frizyak
132,000 87,000
Klaus Haunschmidt at
Klaus Haunschmidt

Tags: Aram VartevanyanKlaus HaunschmidtSergey Frizyak

Perelygin Scores Small Double

Level 15 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante
Sergey Perelygin
Sergey Perelygin

Sergey Perelygin moved all in for around 9,000 from under the gun and Vitaliy Pankov called in the next position.

The remaining players folded and the cards were turned over.

Sergey Perelygin: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}
Vitaliy Pankov: {j-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}

The board ran out {10-Spades}{a-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{k-Clubs} and Perelygin secured a vital double-up.

Player Chips Progress
Vitaliy Pankov ru
Vitaliy Pankov
600,000 -20,000
Sergey Perelygin ru
Sergey Perelygin
30,000 22,000

Tags: Sergey PerelyginVitaliy Pankov

Chop on the Bubble

Level 15 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante
Nikolay Plastinin
Nikolay Plastinin

Nikolay Plastinin opened to 10,000 and, spying some short stacks, Aleksandr Sheshukov three-bet all in from the button. The blinds folded and Plastinin called.

The hands at other tables were completed and the cards were turned over.

Nikolay Plastinin: {k-Hearts}{k-Spades}
Aleksandr Sheshukov: {q-Hearts}{q-Clubs}

Plastinin was all in for roughly 150,000 and looked good for a double up. The television cameras around the table to see a {10-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds} board spread, and with neither player holding a diamond they chopped it up.

Player Chips Progress
Aleksandr Sheshukov ru
Aleksandr Sheshukov
630,000 70,000
Nikolay Plastinin ru
Nikolay Plastinin
160,000 -6,600

Tags: Aleksandr SheshukovNikolay Plastinin