Day 4 Completed
Day 4 Completed
The flagship tournament of the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia festival at the Sochi Casino and Resort is one step closer to determining a champion, as just 11 players out of 916 entries remain in contention in the RUB318,000 Main Event. The penultimate day of the event played through ten levels of one hour each and narrowly missed to reach the final table.
Leading the field into the final day is local player Andrey Malyshev with 140.3 million. All but three results of Malyshev come from right here in Sochi and the joint-best result of the Russian was a 47th place in this very event for ~$17,500 one year ago at the MILLIONS Russia Main Event. In the last level of the night, Malyshev knocked out 2017 finalist Vadim Lipovka with king-eight versus ace-queen suited in a battle of the blinds and won a big flip with ace-king against the pocket jacks of Luke Thursfield soon after.
Second in chips after Day 4 is Viktor Khodorenko from Belarus with 127 million followed by Mikhail Galitskiy with 127.9 million. Only three countries are represented, as Chin Wei Lim from Malaysia advanced with a stack of 88 million, the fifth-biggest stack. The other finalists are all from Russia including Alexey Melnikov (94.5 million), start-of-the-day chip leader Gor Kazaryan (74.5 million), Aleksandr Chernikov (73.9 million), partypoker ambassador Anatoly Filatov (67.5 million), Gleb Tremzin (48.8 million), Konstantin Uspenskii (43.9 million) and Ekaterina Fedyaeva (34.5 million).
Seat Assignments for the Final Day
|Seat||Orange Table||Chip Count||Big Blinds||Seat||Black Table||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|2||Gleb Tremzin||48,800,000||24||1||Konstantin Uspenskii||43,900,000||22|
|4||Aleksandr Chernikov||73,900,000||37||2||Anatoly Filatov||67,500,000||34|
|5||Mikhail Galitskiy||117,900,000||59||3||Chin Wei Lim||88,000,000||44|
|6||Gor Kazaryan||74,500,000||37||4||Alexey Melnikov||94,500,000||47|
|7||Ekaterina Fedyaeva||34,500,000||17||5||Andrey Malyshev||140,300,000||70|
The event is set to recommence on Monday, August 13th, 2018, as of 12 p.m. local time with blinds of 1,000,000/2,000,000 and a button ante of 2,000,000 and the remaining finalists are guaranteed at least RUB2,400,000 for their efforts, while the lion's share of the prize pool is still up for grabs. The winner can look forward to a payday of RUB60,000,000 and trophy that comes along with it.
|Place||Prize (in Casino Sochi Units)||Prize (in RUB)||Prize (~ in USD)|
Action of Day 4 at a glance
When the cards were back in the air at noon local time, there were 58 hopefuls remaining and seven of them were battling for an additional incentive as part of the MPPL Dollar Last Longer competition. All players that bought in for the Main Event with the new versatile currency from online satellites on partypoker were in the mix for a $100,000 payday and it boiled down to UK's Colin McTaggart and Russia's Vyacheslav Nikulin. Down to the last five tables both were short in chips and Nikulin scored a lucky double with sixes against kings to survive, while McTaggart was less fortunate with ace-eight against pocket sevens soon after to bow out in 36th place.
By then, several notables such as Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Mikhail Surin, Andrey Kotelnikov, Oleksii Kravchuk, Timothy Adams and Aleksei Istomin were all on the rail already. Istomin lost most of his chips in a three-way all in with ace-king suited against the ace-king of Anatoly Filatov and the pocket aces of Ekaterina Fedyaeva. Andrey Pateychuk was eliminated on the feature table and Nikulin's run came to an end in 33rd place to set up the final four tables.
Ukraine's Artem Metalidi, who comes fresh off an 8th place finish in the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event for $1,250,000, had to settle for 27th place and Denis Pisarev, as well as Said Butba, also missed out on the last three tables. Further casualties towards the end of the day included Israel's Saar Wilf and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Viacheslav Zhukov.
Down to the last two tables, Triple Crown champion Niall Farrell was still on track to claim the title in a fourth major live tournament series, but the run of the Scotsman ended in 14th place. Farrell lost a big pot with ace-six suited in a three-bet pot against the pocket kings of Viktor Khodorenko, the over card and nut flush draw on the turn bricked off and Farrell was left with 10 big blinds. The very same ace-six of hearts haunted Farrell again half an hour later when Aleksandr Chernikov rivered a better pair against the ace-five suited of the Scotsman.
Vadim Lipovka finished 8th in the 2017 MILLIONS Russia Main Event here in Sochi and was going for back-to-back final tables, however, his bid fell short and the Belorussian was eliminated in 13th place by eventual chip-leader Andrey Malyshev. It was also Malyshev that took most of Luke Thursfield's chips in a big flip with ace-king versus jacks and Thursfield then flopped trips fours in the last hand only to see Chin Wei Lim improve to a flush on the turn with queen-jack suited.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be back to bring you all the action from the final day of the Main Event here in Sochi as the second champion of Season 2 of the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS tour will be crowned.
The play on Day 4 has concluded with 11 players returning for the final day tomorrow at Noon local time.
Chin Wei Lim raised to 3,500,000 with from the cutoff, and Luke Thursfield called in the big blind with and left himself with just 10,900,000 behind him. The flop came down , and Thursfield check-raised all in after Lim had bet 2,500,000, and the latter called with his flush draw.
The turn brought the to give Lim the flush and put him in the lead, and when the river fell, Thursfield's exit in 12th place for 2,400,000 RUB was confirmed.
Gleb Tremzin raised to 3.4 million with the and Mikhail Galitskiy called in the cutoff with the , Gor Kazaryan then shoved for 37.5 million on the button with . Tremzin folded and Galitskiy called for a classic coin flip just as the last three hands of the night were announced.
The flop changed nothing much, but Kazaryan spiked the turn. The blank river ensured yet another double for the short stack at risk just before bagging and tagging.
The board was down when Aleksandr Chernikov bet with after Viktor Khodorenko had checked with . Khodorenko called, and on the river, he called Chernikov's 14,500,000 bluff bet with his third pair to take the pot.
Ona flop of Gleb Tremzin bet 2.9 million with the in the big blind and Gor Kazaryan check-called in the big blind with . On the turn, Kazaryan checked again and called a bet of 4.1 million.
Both checked the river and Tremzin claimed the pot.
Anatoly Filatov raised to 3.5 million first to act with the and Andrey Malyshev on the button three-bet to 12 million with the . Luke Thursfield in the small blind four-bet to 27 million with and the action folded back to Malyshev. The Russian opted to five-bet all in for 56.9 million after using a time bank and Thursfield called.
The flop improved Malyshev to a pair of aces, and the turn and river reduced Thursfield to a mere 10 big blinds towards the end of Day 4.
Mikhail Galitskiy raised to 3,500,000 from under the gun with and saw Ekaterina Fedyaeva call with pocket fours and Aleksandr Chernikov call in the big blind with .
The flop came , and only Chernikov called a 3,500,000 bet from Galitskiy. The turn was the , and Chernikov thought for a minute before he check-called a 12,000,000. The river gave Galitskiy a straight, and he bet 47,000,000 after Chernikov checked and then folded.