Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
Pan Leads Final 12 in the $2,200 Warm Up; Guilbert and Martirosian in Contention
Out of a field of 745 entries in the 2021 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus $2,200 Warm Up, only 12 players remain in contention for the biggest slice of the $1,370,800 prize pool.
The final dozen hopefuls have $18,370 locked up for their efforts thus far at the five-star Merit Crystal Cove Hotel Casino & Spa in Girne, North Cyprus. However, all eyes are set on the trophy and top prize of $240,265 that comes along with it.
Dutch player Jim Sue Pan leads as the only player above 50 big blinds and claimed 12,750,000 ahead of the final day. Five players are then within five big blinds including Georges Hanna, Ionel Anton, Mantas Nanartavicius, Fahredin Mustafov, and Kush Vinod Kataria.
Within ten levels of 60 minutes each, the money bubble burst and the goal of reaching the nine-handed final table was narrowly missed. Among the final dozen contenders are also the French online poker streamer Johan "YoH ViraL" Guilbert and rising star Artur Martirosian.
Seat Assignments for the Final Day in the $2,200 Warm Up
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|3||3||Jim Sue Pan||Netherlands||12,750,000||64|
|3||8||Kush Vinod Kataria||United Arab Emirates||7,950,000||40|
The final day is scheduled to get underway at 1pm local time on Monday, September 20 and the final table will also be streamed with cards-up coverage and commentary on the partypoker Twitch and YouTube channels. Recommencing blinds will be 100,000-200,000 with a big blind ante of 200,000 on two six-handed tables.
The Action of the Day
With 94 returning players and 89 spots paid, it didn't take long for the money bubble to be reached. Lebanese player Elie Hage Youssef eventually became the last player to leave empty-handed when he ran with queens into the aces of Nicolas Chouity. From there on, the eliminations came at a rapid pace and the early casualties in the money included Dmitry Gromov, Wael Sarkis, Eimantas Adomavicius, and Chouity, among others.
Piotr Sowinski fell victim to the run-good of Artur Martirosian when the Russian rivered a full house with pocket nines. However, the stack of Martirosian went on a roller coaster ride throughout the entire day as others made a run for the top spot on the leaderboard. On the final four tables it was Frenchman Gregoire Auzoux on top after he knocked out several opponents in quick succession.
Only 29 players remained on the dinner break after six levels were completed and recent WSOP Online bracelet winner Kacper Pyzara was the first to depart when the action resumed. Zorlu Er claimed the top spot for a short period after knocking out Job Greben and Bassel Alanaz but paid off a full house of Kush Vinod Kataria to become a short stack. During this stage, Jim Sue Pan assumed control with plenty of aggression and never really dropped out of the top three in chips anymore.
Lachezar Petkov, Kasparas Klezys and Walid Bou Habib fell before the final two tables were set and Viktor Ustimov saw his stack reduced in the very last hand before the redraw when he four-bet jammed sixes into the queens of Johan Guilbert. Ustimov never recovered from that and was among several quick-fire eliminations. Zorlu Er and Stefan Fabian saw their hopes vanish when an inferior suited ace got there before the dust settled with one dozen contenders still in the mix.
They will be back after a good night's sleep and play down to the winner on September 20. The PokerNews team will be back then to provide conclusive live updates until a champion has been crowned.
Pictures From Day 3
End-of-Day 3 Chip Counts (full)
Day 3 Completed
The final 12 players are now racing off the T-5,000 chip and then bag and tag their chips for the night. All chip counts and the recap of today's action are to follow.
Anton Chips Up; Hanna Jams Into Kataria
At the very end of the session, Georges Hanna raised to 350,000 and Kush Vinod Kataria three-bet to 1,050,000 in the cutoff. Hanna then jammed and Kataria tank-folded after more than two minutes of consideration.
Over on the other table, Artur Martirosian defended the big blind when Ionel Anton raised to 400,000. Martirosian check-called the flop for 350,000 and led the turn for 450,000, Anton called. The river was checked and Martirosian tabled , which Anton had beat with the .
One hand later, Fahredin Mustafov raise-folded an ace-five when Martirosian jammed. "It's the hand of the internet players," the Bulgarian joked. Sure enough, Martirosian also flashed the ace-five as well.
Martirosian Jams Into Nanartavicius
Artur Martirosian limped in the cutoff and then called a raise to 480,000 by Mantas Nanartavicius on the button. On a flop of , Martirosian check-called for 200,000 and the turn was checked. The fell on the river and Martirosian now jammed for 1,165,000.
Nanartavicius tank-folded and Ionel Anton said "I would bet all my chips that he is playing the board." Martirosian had not sent his cards into the muck yet and exposed the . Anton and the Russian then shook hands before Martirosian stacked the chips.
Pictures From the Warm Up Day 3 and High Roller Day 1
Courtesy of Merit Poker and Poker Club Management.
Kataria Jams Into Pan
Jim Sue Pan three-bet for what appeared to be more than a million and Kush Vinod Kataria then four-bet jammed to earn a snap-fold.
"If you jam, I snap call. I cannot fold this hand," Kataria said in table chat.
Macalou Turns a Flush
Silma Macalou defended the big blind and checked his option on the flop, then called a bet worth 550,000 by Mantas Nanartavicius in the hijack. They headed to the turn and both players checked, as did Macalou on the river. Nanartavicius checked back and mucked his cards when he was shown for a flush by Macalou.