2022 888poker XL Winter Series
Main Event
Main Event
Day 3 Completed

53 Players Remain with Philipp Zukernik in the Lead in Sochi

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Philipp Zukernik leads the last 53
Philipp Zukernik leads the last 53

Day 3 of the record-breaking 2017 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia $5,300 Main Event at the extravagant Sochi Casino and Resort in the Krasnaya Polyana region saw 227 hopefuls out of a 999-entry strong field return to the tables. Only the top 161 spots were paid and seven levels of 75 minutes each later, only 53 players bagged up chips for Day 4.

Leading the field into the penultimate tournament day is Philipp Zukernik with 40,700,000, closely followed by Karen Arutyunyan with 40,175,000 and Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy (37,750,000), while Zdenek Mach (29,650,000) is the only other non-Russian player among the top 10. Day 1b chip leader Dmitriy Kopyl (30,250,000) also bagged up a very healthy stack once again, and he is joined by such familiar names as Michael Sklenicka (24,900,000), Gleb Tremzin (24,225,000), Konstantin Puchkov (22,725,000), $10,300 High Roller champion David Laka (21,950,000), Vladimir Troyanovskiy (21,025,000) and Oleg Titov (19,100,000).

Other big names still in contention include Jeff Lisandro (13,725,000), Maxim Babko (9,375,000), Andrey Pateychuk (8,550,000), Paul Jackson (8,275,000) and 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event finalist Jack Sinclair (7,700,000), while the sole remaining partypoker Sponsored Pro Dzmitry Urbanovich (2,875,000) will start Day 4 with just seven big blinds.

Day 3 action

Among those to miss out on the money in the first three levels of Day 3 were Jeff Hakim, Govert Metaal, Andrey Gulyy, Konstantinos Nanos, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, partypoker Sponsored Pro Richard Dubini, Maxim Lykov, Kenny Hallaert, Dmitry Chop and Dmitry Gromov. After several double ups on the money bubble, it was Markus Ross that was the last to leave empty-handed. The German partypoker qualifier shoved out of the small blind with king-eight and Pavel Frolov snap-called with pocket kings to leave Ross drawing dead on the turn.

What followed was a rainfall of eliminations that started with Natalia Panchenko, and partypoker Sponsored Pro Anatoly Filatov joined the rail soon after. The entertaining and interactive Russian, as usual in action with his mini camera for the fans, ran with pocket eights into pocket kings and failed to improve. Other notables that fell before the dinner break included Manig Loeser and Vladimir Geshkenbein, while partypoker Sponsored Pro Johnny Lodden had to settle for 102nd place.

Just before that, Sylvia Hewitt was eliminated in a spectacular fashion when she got her stack in with ace-queen for top pair and top kicker on a three-way flop. Both Arsen Karmanukyan and Aleksandr Chernikov had ten-nine suited for the flopped nut straight with Karmanukyan also holding a spades flush draw. Instead, running diamonds gave Chernikov a winning flush and his enormous scream of celebration earned him a massive pot and penalty.

Steve O'Dwyer had to settle for 69th place and Vytautas Milbutas was eliminated on the feature table to bow out in 60th place. By then, Philipp Zukernik, Karen Arutyunyan and Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy were already at the top of the counts. Merzvhinskiy won a huge pot on the feature table with queens versus jacks and Arutyunyan held up with jacks versus ace-king to bust Ivan Arbatskiy. A big portion of Zukernik's stack was the result of cracking the aces of Armen Khachatryan when his jacks improved to a runner-runner straight.

Seven minutes of an additional level were played to reduce the field to the last 54 hopefuls, and another elimination on the feature table during the last hand left just 53 participants in contention. They will return with 68 minutes left at blinds of 200,000/400,000 and a button ante of 400,000, and the six remaining tables are moving to the theatre.

The PokerNews live reporting team will provide all the action until a winner is crowned on Thursday September 14th 2017.

Day 4 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
371Daria FeshchenkoRussian Federation19,300,00048
372Karen ArutyunyanRussian Federation40,175,000100
373Dmitriy ShalnevRussian Federation7,000,00018
374Gleb TremzinRussian Federation24,225,00061
375Viktoriya ShalnevaRussian Federation14,075,00035
376Andrey PateychukRussian Federation8,550,00021
377Sergey ChupodalRussian Federation19,275,00048
378Gylbert DroletCanada14,025,00035
379Oleksiy KravchukUkraine23,450,00059
382Philipp ZukernikCanada40,700,000102
383Aleksei IstominRussian Federation7,400,00019
384Aleksandr GofmanRussian Federation15,875,00040
385Michael SklenickaCzech Republic24,900,00062
386Paul JacksonUnited Kingdom8,275,00021
387Dzmitry UrbanovichPoland2,875,0007
388Mikhail SurinRussian Federation24,850,00062
389Aleksandr ChernikovRussian Federation26,450,00066
391Timofey VekshinRussian Federation7,075,00018
392Andrey BerinovRussian Federation11,300,00028
393Konstantin PuchkovRussian Federation22,725,00057
394David LakaSpain21,950,00055
395Alexander MatveevRussian Federation4,075,00010
396Ilya KochnevRussian Federation11,575,00029
397Oleg TitovRussian Federation19,100,00048
398Yury MasliankouBelarus3,550,0009
399Maxim BabkoCanada9,375,00023
401Aleksandr MerzhvinskiyRussian Federation37,750,00094
402Andrey MalyshevRussian Federation13,725,00034
403Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom7,700,00019
404Fedor AlgazinRussian Federation26,700,00067
405Yuriy TuzovRussian Federation2,350,0006
406Gurgen MkhitaryanArmenia14,200,00036
407Dmitriy KopylRussian Federation30,250,00076
408Anton YakubaRussian Federation15,800,00040
409Vladimir TroyanovskiyRussian Federation21,025,00053
411Aleksei KozlovRussian Federation34,575,00086
412Alexander KrasuntcevRussian Federation17,925,00045
413Denis TimofeyevRussian Federation6,400,00016
414Arkady StekolshikovRussian Federation11,250,00028
415Andreas KlattGermany3,250,0008
416Vadim LipovkaBelarus8,800,00022
417Leonid LogunovRussian Federation5,050,00013
418Maksim TyurinRussian Federation6,950,00017
419Sergey TsoyUzbekistan7,100,00018
421Yunus TuguzRussian Federation24,125,00060
422Anatoliy ZyrinRussian Federation36,825,00092
423Anatoliy ZuyevRussian Federation1,975,0005
424Mikhail PokhlebayevRussian Federation4,475,00011
425Andrey KozlenkoRussian Federation10,475,00026
426Jeff LisandroAustralia13,725,00034
427Zdenek MachCzech Republic29,650,00074
428Andrey TkachenkoRussian Federation35,000,00088
429Aleksandr LevashovRussian Federation12,000,00030

Tags: Aleksandr ChernikovAleksandr MerzhvinskiyAnatoliy ZyrinAnatoly FilatovAndrey GulyyAndrey PateychukArmen KhachatryanArsen KarmanukyanBertrand GrospellierDavid LakaDmitriy KopylDmitry ChopDmitry GromovDzmitry UrbanovichGleb TremzinGovert MetaalJack SinclairJeff HakimJeff LisandroJeffrey LisandroJohnny LoddenKaren ArutyunyanKenny HallaertKonstantin PuchkovMarkus RossMaxim BabkoMaxim LykovMichael SklenickaNatalia PanchenkoPaul JacksonPavel FrolovPhilipp ZukernikRichard DubiniSteve O'DwyerSylvia HewittVladimir GeshkenbeinVladimir TroyanovskiyVytautas MilbutasZdenek Mach

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante

The full chip counts will be published when PokerNews receives them and a recap of today's action is to follow.

Philipp Zukernik ca
Philipp Zukernik
ca 40,700,000 6,200,000
Karen Arutyunyan RU
Karen Arutyunyan
RU 40,175,000 2,175,000
Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy ru
Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy
ru 37,750,000 -250,000
Anatoliy Zyrin ru
Anatoliy Zyrin
ru 36,825,000 20,825,000
Andrey Tkachenko RU
Andrey Tkachenko
RU 35,000,000 -3,000,000
Aleksei Kozlov RU
Aleksei Kozlov
RU 34,575,000 29,575,000
Dmitriy Kopyl RU
Dmitriy Kopyl
RU 30,250,000 11,250,000
Zdenek Mach CZ
Zdenek Mach
CZ 29,650,000 26,050,000
Fedor Algazin ru
Fedor Algazin
ru 26,700,000 19,250,000
Aleksandr Chernikov ru
Aleksandr Chernikov
ru 26,450,000 -3,550,000
Michael Sklenicka cz
Michael Sklenicka
cz 24,900,000 14,400,000
Mikhail Surin ru
Mikhail Surin
ru 24,850,000 1,850,000
Gleb Tremzin ru
Gleb Tremzin
ru 24,225,000 19,725,000
Yunus Tuguz RU
Yunus Tuguz
RU 24,125,000 -4,375,000
Oleksiy Kravchuk UA
Oleksiy Kravchuk
UA 23,450,000 2,450,000
Konstantin Puchkov ru
Konstantin Puchkov
ru 22,725,000 -12,275,000
David Laka es
David Laka
es 21,950,000 -550,000
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru
Vladimir Troyanovskiy
ru 21,025,000 15,525,000
Daria Feshchenko ru
Daria Feshchenko
ru 19,300,000 9,300,000
Sergey Chupodal RU
Sergey Chupodal
RU 19,275,000 7,275,000
Oleg Titov ru
Oleg Titov
ru 19,100,000 11,100,000
Alexander Krasuntcev RU
Alexander Krasuntcev
RU 17,925,000 7,575,000
Aleksandr Gofman ru
Aleksandr Gofman
ru 15,875,000 -3,125,000
Anton Yakuba ru
Anton Yakuba
ru 15,800,000 8,590,000
Gurgen Mkhitaryan AM
Gurgen Mkhitaryan
AM 14,200,000 8,200,000

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Pavel Kovalenko and Aliaksandr Maistrenka Last Casualties of the Day

will_shill • Level 21: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante

A few minutes into the new level at blinds 200,000/400,000, Pavel Kovalenko moves all in for 1,875,000 from under the gun. The player in middle position calls before it folds to Oleksiy Kravchuk in the small blind who three-bets all in for just under 20 million.

"Why do you do that?" asked the middle position player, "You only do that with Aces or Kings." He folded.

Kravchuk turned over {a-Clubs}{q-Spades} against the {a-Hearts}{4-Clubs} of Kovalenko.

The board ran out {7-Spades}{7-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{3-Hearts} and Kovalenko was eliminated. At the same time over on the feature table, Aliaksandr Maistrenka failed also to hold up and became the last casualty of the day.

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

Oleksiy Kravchuk UA
Oleksiy Kravchuk
UA 21,000,000 4,500,000
Pavel Kovalenko ru
Pavel Kovalenko
ru Busted
Aliaksandr Maistrenka BY
Aliaksandr Maistrenka
BY Busted

Tags: Aliaksandr MaistrenkaOleksiy KravchukPavel Kovalenko

Chusovitin and Medvedev Sent to the Rail

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante

The next two players to join the rail were Andrey Chusovitin and Mikhail Medvedev. The latter got his short stack in with {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} and Mikhail Surin looked him up with the {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}. After a board of {7-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}, the kicker played a crucial role to eliminate Medvedev and the field was reduced to the last 55 hopefuls.

Mikhail Surin ru
Mikhail Surin
ru 23,000,000 12,600,000
Andrey Chusovitin RU
Andrey Chusovitin
RU Busted
Mikhail Medvedev RU
Mikhail Medvedev
RU Busted

Tags: Andrey ChusovitinMikhail MedvedevMikhail Surin

Smyth and Banks Gone

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Gary Banks
Gary Banks

Peter Smyth busted on the feature table and Gary Banks followed in the main tournament room to make it two British casualties in quick succession.

Banks defended his big blind with {A-Clubs}{2-Clubs} and check-called a bet on the {A-}{4-}{2-} flop. The {10-Clubs} turn gave him the nut flush draw on top of his two pair and Banks check-shoved to see Tkachenko call with {A-}{6-} and spike a six on the river.

Andrey Tkachenko RU
Andrey Tkachenko
RU 38,000,000 7,500,000
Peter Smyth GB
Peter Smyth
GB Busted
Gary Banks gb
Gary Banks
gb Busted

Tags: Andrey TkachenkoGary BanksPeter Smyth

Vytautas Milbutas Eliminated on Feature Table

will_shill • Level 21: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Vytautas Milbutas
Vytautas Milbutas

On the feature table it folded to Michael Sklenicka who moved all in for 11 million. He covered Vytautas Milbutas in the big blind. Milbutas had 2,850,000 and called.

Sklenicka: {10-Hearts}{6-Hearts}
Milbutas: {j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}

The board came {6-}{9-}{9-}. Milbutas asked for two kings. There was one on the {k-} turn, but the river was a blank. Milbutas finished in 62nd place, another good run after going deep in the EAPT Grand Final a few days ago.

Vytautas Milbutas lt
Vytautas Milbutas
lt Busted

Tags: Vytautas MilbutasMichael Sklenicka

Pavel Frolov Eliminated by Andrey Berinov

will_shill • Level 21: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante

A player opened to 600,000 from middle position. Andrey Berinov called in the hijack, as did the player in the small blind.

Pavel Frolov was in the big blind and he three-bet all in for 3,350,000. The initial raiser folded and Berinov called. The big blind took his time thinking about his and Berinov's stack before folding.

Berinov: {7-Spades}{7-Clubs}
Frolov: {a-Clubs}{10-Spades}

The board ran out {j-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{6-Spades}{k-Spades} and Frolov was eliminated.

Andrey Berinov RU
Andrey Berinov
RU 10,200,000 2,700,000
Pavel Frolov RU
Pavel Frolov
RU Busted

Tags: Andrey BerinovPavel Frolov

Zhdan Runs Out of Chips

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante

The next trip that joined the rail included Oleg Zhdan. He was down to 3.5 million and moved all in from the hijack, while Dmitriy Kopyl called in the cutoff.

Zhdan showed {5-Diamonds}{5-Spades} and was in need of help, as Kopyl had him dominated with {J-Spades}{J-Clubs}. The {J-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{4-Hearts} flop was bad for Zhdan, as he now even needed running cards in order to stay in contention. However, the {8-Clubs} turn and {3-Spades} river brought no miracle and Kopyl raked in the pot.

Dmitriy Kopyl RU
Dmitriy Kopyl
RU 19,000,000 12,700,000
Badra Bazba RU
Badra Bazba
RU Busted
Aleksandr Shuvalov ru
Aleksandr Shuvalov
ru Busted
Oleg Zhdan RU
Oleg Zhdan
RU Busted

Tags: Dmitriy KopylOleg Zhdan

Another Three Down

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante

Within quick succession, Yevgeniy Alikin, Nikolay Prokhorskiy and Denis Ten have been sent to the rail. Ten bet a flop of {8-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} against table neighbor Andrey Tkachenko and shoved the {K-Clubs} turn only to see Tkachenko snap-call with {2-Spades}{2-Diamonds} for a set. Ten only had pocket fives and the {6-Clubs} river was a blank.

Andrey Tkachenko RU
Andrey Tkachenko
RU 30,500,000 26,955,000
Denis Ten RU
Denis Ten
RU Busted
Yevgeniy Alikin RU
Yevgeniy Alikin
RU Busted
Nikolay Prokhorskiy RU
Nikolay Prokhorskiy
RU Busted

Tags: Andrey TkachenkoDenis TenNikolay ProkhorskiyYevgeniy Alikin