2021 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus

MILLIONS North Cyprus $5,300 Main Event
Day: 1b
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2021 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
250,000 / 500,000
Players Info - Day 1b
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MILLIONS North Cyprus $5,300 Main Event

Day 1b Completed

Ghazarian, Gill and Fatehi Among the Chip Leaders After Day 1b

Level 9 : 1,200/2,500, 2,500 ante
Ali Shaerzadeh leads after Day 1b
Ali Shaerzadeh leads after Day 1b

The second starting day of the 2021 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus $5,300 Main Event has wrapped up with 86 players out of 205 entries remaining. While the crown jewel of the festival schedule has not surpassed the $3 million guarantee yet that will likely only be a formality with two starting days to come. Furthermore, the late registration also remains open for another three levels on Day 2 to further boost the field size.

Seven players accumulated more than half a million in chips and Ali Shaerzadeh topped the Day 1b leaderboard with 699,500, followed by Harout Ghazarian (659,500), and Harpreet Gill (621,000). It was Gill who won the biggest pot of the day after he doubled through Mario Mosboeck with aces versus kings and he held onto the big pile of chips until the very end. Mosboeck re-entered successfully and advanced with a stack of 210,000.

$5,300 Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds for Day 2
1Ali ShaerzadehIran699,500233
2Harout GhazarianCanada659,500220
3Harpreet GillCanada621,000207
4Nikolay BlinovRussia557,500186
5Ali Reza FatehiIran556,000185
6Vytautas SemaskaLithuania551,500184
7Sina AlamzadIran510,500170
8Garik TamasianRussia453,500151
9Amir Pahlawani SarughiehGermany409,500137
10Job GrebenNetherlands400,500134

John Duthie was the sole partypoker representative to join the action on the second of four starting days and quickly lost half of his stack in the opening level. He then recovered all the losses and jumped above the average before ending level nine with a stack of 95,000.

The Action of the Day

It was a slow start to the day with just seven tables in play but after barely half an hour, two players were already eliminated. Mete Ustuay turned two pair but ran into the flopped nut straight for Lukas Zaskodny and hit the rail. Soon after, Amir Pahlawani Sarughieh flopped a set of eights but Saar Wilf had the superior set of jacks to cause the second seat open. Zaskodny (382,500) and Wilf (330,000) held onto their bigger stacks until the very end and will be back for Day 2.

As the field expanded, the eliminations and re-entries kept going up and the field eventually surpassed 200 total entries.

Some of those that didn't make it through the day and will likely enter one of the remaining two flights were Bart Lybaert, Ivan Sakharov, Saman Nakhjavani, recent WSOP Circuit Main Event ring winner Andrea Ricci, Shyngis Satubayev, Matas Cimbolas, and Timur Margolin. The final hand of the night also saw the departure of rising Russian star Artur Martirosian, who attempted to run up a stack but ran into the second nut flush of Fahredin Mustafov.

Mustafov reached the final table of the $2,200 Warm Up in which he finished second, and then late registered the $10,500 High Roller to finish in fourth place. The Bulgarian advanced with 377,000 in chips, which is well above the average upon completion of the first two starting days.

Day 1c with levels of 40 minutes and Day 1d with a turbo structure and 25-minute levels will take place on Friday, September 24. The PokerNews team will provide live updates for the first flight and the final chip counts for Day 1d once they are provided before continuing the coverage as of Day 2 and until the end o the tournament.

Tags: Ali Reza FatehiAli ShaerzadehArtur MartirosianFahredin MustafovGarik TamasianHarout GhazarianHarpreet GillJob GrebenJohn DuthieLukas ZaskodnyMario MosboeckSaar Wilf

End-of-Day 1b Counts (full)

Level 9 : 1,200/2,500, 2,500 ante
Player Chips Progress
Ali Shaerzadeh ir
Ali Shaerzadeh
Day 1B Chip Leader
699,500 39,500
Harout Ghazarian ca
Harout Ghazarian
659,500 279,500
Harpreet Gill ca
Harpreet Gill
621,000 -9,000
Nikolay Blinov ru
Nikolay Blinov
557,500 37,500
Ali Reza Fatehi ir
Ali Reza Fatehi
556,000 246,000
Vytautas Semaska lt
Vytautas Semaska
551,500 71,500
Sina Alamzad ir
Sina Alamzad
510,500 215,500
Garik Tamasian ru
Garik Tamasian
453,500 13,500
Amir Pahlawani Sarughieh de
Amir Pahlawani Sarughieh
409,500 69,500
Job Greben nl
Job Greben
400,500 20,500
Sercan Okten tr
Sercan Okten
399,000 64,000
Kerem Tibuk tr
Kerem Tibuk
396,000 -104,000
Lukas Zaskodny cz
Lukas Zaskodny
WSOP 1X Winner
382,500 2,500
Ramon Colillas es
Ramon Colillas
381,000 -29,000
Fahredin Mustafov bg
Fahredin Mustafov
377,000 -3,000
Istvan Birizdo hu
Istvan Birizdo
376,500 56,500
Daniel Rezaei at
Daniel Rezaei
353,000 353,000
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
349,500 66,500
Wael Sarkis lb
Wael Sarkis
348,000 138,000
Saar Wilf il
Saar Wilf
330,000 -40,000
Billy Irvine gb
Billy Irvine
322,000 322,000
Emir Aykurt tr
Emir Aykurt
315,000 315,000
Erik Smith dk
Erik Smith
305,500 305,500
Majid Kamarei ir
Majid Kamarei
297,500 -37,500
Ramez Haddad lb
Ramez Haddad
286,500 286,500

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Martirosian Eliminated by Mustafov

Level 9 : 1,200/2,500, 2,500 ante
Artur Martirosian
Artur Martirosian

In the last hand of the night, Artur Martirosian and Fahredin Mustafov invested 50,000 each in a battle of the blinds. Martirosian checked the {q-Spades}{5-Spades}{3-Spades} flop and then called a bet worth 13,000. He also checked the {10-Spades} turn and then jammed the {6-Hearts} river for around 65,000.

Mustafov snap-called and Martirosian grinned, flashing the {a-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. It was crushed by the {k-Spades}{k-Clubs} of Mustafov and Martirosian will be back on either Day 1c or Day 1d to try and run up a stack, as he wasn't willing to start Day 2 with around the starting stack.

Player Chips Progress
Fahredin Mustafov bg
Fahredin Mustafov
380,000 30,000
Artur Martirosian ru
Artur Martirosian
EPT Main Event Champion
WSOP 2X Winner
EPT 1X Winner

Tags: Artur MartirosianFahredin Mustafov

Güngören Runs Into Aces

Level 9 : 1,200/2,500, 2,500 ante

Down to just 14,500, Gürcan Güngören jammed it in and Majid Kamarei in the cutoff asked for a count before flat-calling. All other players folded and the cards were turned over.

Gürcan Güngören: {a-Spades}{4-Spades}
Majid Kamarei: {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}

Only one four wasn't enough on the {7-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{3-Spades}{2-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} board and that spelled the end for Güngören.

Player Chips Progress
Majid Kamarei ir
Majid Kamarei
335,000 -25,000
Gürcan Güngören tr
Gürcan Güngören

Tags: Majid KamareiGücan Güngören

Michael Bombs the River

Level 9 : 1,200/2,500, 2,500 ante

Angelos Michael defended the big blind and check-called the {j-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} flop for 11,000. He then led the {7-Diamonds} turn for 31,000 and bet the {7-Hearts} river for 104,000. Andrew Martin was in the tank and then asked the one typical question. "Will you show if I fold?"

No reaction from Michael came and the clock was called on Martin, who mucked before the 30 second countdown started. "I had the nine of diamonds, that I can tell you," Michael said in table chat.

Player Chips Progress
Angelos Michael cy
Angelos Michael
330,000 -25,000
Andrew Martin us
Andrew Martin
245,000 -82,000

Tags: Angelos MichaelAndrew Martin

Christoforou Wins a Showdown Pot

Level 9 : 1,200/2,500, 2,500 ante

With around 40,000 in the middle and four players still to act, the completed board showed {6-Spades}{5-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{j-Clubs}. Andreas Christoforou in the small blind bet 15,000 and Istvan Birizdo was curious enough to call.

"I win!" the Cypriot exclaimed and flashed the {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}. Birizdo showed one card to his opponent and mucked, making the prediction of Christoforou come true.

Player Chips Progress
Istvan Birizdo hu
Istvan Birizdo
320,000 -10,000
Andreas Christoforou cy
Andreas Christoforou
270,000 80,000
Dominik Panka pl
Dominik Panka
WSOP 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
240,000 60,000

Tags: Andreas ChristoforouIstvan Birizdo