Day 1cd Completed
Day 1cd Completed
The third and penultimate starting day of the 2021 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus $5,300 Main Event has concluded and 102 players out of 184 entries have secured a stack for Day 2 in the flagship tournament of the festival. While it was the slowest of the three flights at the five-star Merit Crystal Cove Hotel Casino & Spa in Girne, North Cyprus, it has ensured that the $3 million net guarantee is already in eyesight.
A close battle for the Day 1c chip lead propelled Sonia-Veronika Shashikhina to the top of the leaderboard with 499,000 in chips, followed by Alessio Isaia (471,000) and Ran Azor (455,500). Artan Dedusha turned a late entry after the second and final break into a top ten stack and he is joined among the bigger stacks by $10,500 High Roller finalist Iakov Onuchin, Kasparas Klezys, Andrea Ricci, and Piotr Nurzynski.
partypoker sponsored pro Joni Jouhkimainen also made it through with an above-average stack of 229,500 while notable casualties included the likes of Roberto Romanello, Christophe Panetti, $2,200 Warm Up finalist Matthieu Chan, Ahadpur Khangah, Miltiadis Kyriakides, and Anas Belatik.
Khangah and Kyriakides were eliminated in the most memorable hand of the day when a spectacular four-way preflop all-in resulted in a double-knockout for Ran Azor and quadruple up for Christophe Panetti in the final level of the day. However, $10,500 third-place finisher Panetti didn't make it through either despite this after bowing out against Azor during the last hands.
Shashikhina started her rise on the leaderboard when winning a flip against Mustafa Biz and also knocked out Romanello during the final stages. Another Russian needs little introduction as rising star Artur Martirosian was also in the mix on Day 1c. While splashing around the chips in his fingers, he was also involved in higher stakes cash game action on his phone and barely glanced up while he doubled with aces versus kings in a big pot. After nine levels of play, Martirosian finished with 300,000 and well above the average.
All players that failed to earn a stack for Day 2 so far can enter the turbo heat 1d with levels of 25 minutes each as of 8pm local time. Furthermore, the late registration also remains open for another three levels the following day when all Day 1 survivors combine to one field for the first time. The crown jewel of the festival in North Cyprus will then play down to the money en route to determining a winner on Monday, September 27.
Stay tuned for all the action from the return of the MILLIONS tour as the PokerNews team will provide as many key hands as possible in the days to come.
Courtesy of Poker Club Management.
Around 100 players out of 184 entries survived the carnage and bagged their chips. Assorted counts and a recap of today's action are to follow. The same also applies for the turbo heat 1d as of 8pm local time, for which the final chip counts will be provided later tonight.
A depleted Christophe Panetti ended the day with a bang as he was eliminated during the final levels of the night. The story was also confirmed by Ran Azor who dealt the final blow and may have snatched the lead for Day 1c in the process.
According to Panetti, he raised with and Azor three-bet to 13,000, picking up two callers. On a flop, Panetti bet 8,500 and called a raise to 21,000 by Azor. Both checked the turn and the river brought a four-card straight on the board. That prompted the shove of Panetti with his two pair and Azor called with pocket fives for a set!
Julien Trad was at risk with the and faced Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy with . The board gave Trad a flush and double to nearly the starting stack while Merzhvinskiy was left with around half of that.
On a flop of , "Crazy Mo" called it off when he was jammed upon by Amjad Nader to create the following showdown.
The turn was a blank, as was the river, and "Crazy Mo" doubled for 92,800.
Once more three hands have been drawn and all tables will play them before racing off the T-100 chips and then bag all the chips for the night. Only 105 players remain while the screens show 151 unique players and 32 re-entries.