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Event Info

Buy-in 62,160 RUB
Prize Pool 35,000,000 RUB
Players 569

Level Info

Level 36
Blinds 250,000 / 500,000
Ante 500,000

Highlights

Highlights

Main Event
Day 4 completed

Vasiliy Tsapko Wins the 2019 888poker LIVE Sochi Main Event (5,006,050 RUB)

zedmaster84 • Level 36: 250,000-500,000, 500,000 ante
Vasiliy Tsapko Wins the 2019 888poker LIVE Sochi Main Event
Vasiliy Tsapko Wins the 2019 888poker LIVE Sochi Main Event

The first-ever 888poker LIVE Main Event champion on Russian soil has been crowned and it was Vasiliy Tsapko that lifted the trophy for the winner shots after coming out on top of a 569-entry strong field at the stunning Casino Sochi.

Before the heads-up duel in the 62,160 RUB (~ $888) buy-in started, Tsapko cut a deal with fellow countryman Leonid Semenyuk to share the lion's part of the 35,000,000 RUB prize pool, leaving some money and the trophy up for grabs.

For his victory, Tsapko was rewarded with a payday of 5,006,050 RUB (~$77,016) while Semenyuk walked away with 4,463,200 RUB (~$68,665) for his efforts.

Prior to the event, Tsapko had nearly $200k in cashes on the live circuit and he also received a package worth $12,500 for the 2020 WSOP Main Event courtesy of WSOP sponsor and event host 888poker for his efforts. The trip to Las Vegas may well bring sweet memories back to the mind of the Russian, as the online grinder finished 131st in the 2011 WSOP Main Event.

Final Result 2019 888poker LIVE Sochi Main Event

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in CSU)Deal (in CSU)Prize (in Rubles)Prize (~ in USD)
1Vasiliy TsapkoRussia82,07571,5155,006,050*$77,016*
2Leonid SemenyukRussia53,20063,7604,463,200*$68,665*
3Maksym LavrovUkraine36,340 2,543,80039,135
4Konstantin LichaginRussia26,460 1,852,20028,495
5Anton KonovalovRussia19,000 1,330,00020,462
6Ivan FedorovRussia14,630 1,024,10015,755
7Aleksandr ChernikovRussia11,735 821,45012,638
8Ravil KhamatgareevRussia10,070 704,90010,845
9Vartan ManucharyanRussia9,025 631,7509,719

*ICM deal of the last two players

Vasiliy Tsapko Wins the 2019 888poker LIVE Sochi Main Event
Vasiliy Tsapko Wins the 2019 888poker LIVE Sochi Main Event

The inaugural 888poker LIVE festival in Russia was held in cooperation with Poker Club Management and included more than three dozen events throughout eight days at the luxurious Casino Sochi in the mountains of Krasnaya Polyana. The equivalent of more than $1 million in cash prizes was awarded and the biggest portion of that came from the Main Event.

That Tsapko and Semenyuk would end up battling for the title came as no surprise, both dominated the action at the tables. Semenyuk may have started the day last in chips out of the remaining 12 remaining contenders, but two early double-ups vaulted him back into contention. He then cracked the aces of Mikhail Gusev on the outer table to enter the final table as commanding chipleader and remained near the top until the conclusion.

Tsapko started in the middle of the pack and the early stages of the final day were a rollercoaster ride. But as soon as the last nine hopefuls combined to one table, he started to climb the leaderboard. One key hand on his road to victory was certainly a double through Aleksandr Chernikov when he flopped top pair and the nut flush draw with ace-king suited in a three-bet pot. Chernikov got it in with king-queen suited got a gutshot and second nut flush draw, but found no help. One hand later, Tsapko finished the job he had started and that established his role as the joint big stack.

Konstantin Lichagin
Konstantin Lichagin

Among the last 12 hopefuls heading into the final day were also two 888poker qualifiers. Konstantin Lichagin held the chip lead while Anton Konovalov was among the shorter stacks. Lichagin was one of the most active players throughout the day and experienced several setbacks to drop into the middle of the pack, Konovalov grinded his short stack for an extended period of time and doubled twice when he was about to drop into the danger zone.

Once the always dangerous and fast-playing Aleksandr Chernikov was felted in 7th place, a spell of 15 minutes reduced the field from six to the final three. In consecutive hands, Leonid Semenyuk sent Ivan Fedorov and Konovalov to the rail. First, he held up with ace-seven versus five, then he flopped a full house with tens against king-jack. Lichagin created the third all-in showdown in a row when he jammed into Maksym Lavrov, but came up short to drop to the bottom of the leaderboard.

A few minutes later it was all over for Lichagin and that left Lavrov with a mountain to climb against the two big stacks. The Ukrainian put up quite a fierce fight and even pulled ahead of Semenyuk, but ultimately bowed out in third place to ensure a Russian victory on home soil.

Three Remaining
Three Remaining

Once the heads-up deal was cut, the chips were flying between Semenyuk and Tsapko. Both traded double-ups and it was Tsapko that had the better end for himself when his king-jack flopped best against ace-seven to seal his victory.

That brings an end to the PokerNews live reporting from Sochi and the 888poker LIVE team is preparing for the upcoming WPTDeepstacks in Portugal in three weeks. The last 888poker LIVE Main Event of the year will then take place in November at Aspers Casino in London.

Tags: 888poker888poker liveAleksandr ChernikovAnton KonovalovCasino SochiIvan FedorovKonstantin LichaginLeonid SemenyukMaksym LavrovMikhail GusevVasiliy Tsapko

Leonid Semenyuk Eliminated in 2nd Place (4,463,200 RUB)

zedmaster84 • Level 36: 250,000-500,000, 500,000 ante
Leonid Semenyuk
Leonid Semenyuk

Leonid Semenyuk open-shoved for 9,500,000 and Vasiliy Tsapko made the call.

Leonid Semenyuk: {a-Clubs}{7-Hearts}
Vasiliy Tsapko: {k-Spades}{j-Clubs}

The {k-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} flop improved Tsapko to kings and fours, and he held onto the lead on the {5-Diamonds} turn and {8-Spades} river to emerge victoriously. As per the deal the duo cut before the heads-up got underway, Semenyuk will receive 4,463,200 RUB for his efforts while Tsapko becomes the inaugural 888poker LIVE Main Event champion on Russian soil.

Tsapko takes home 5,006,050 RUB, the trophy and the bragging rights, and he has also earned a package worth $12,500 for the 2019 WSOP Main Event.

Vasiliy Tsapko Wins the 2019 888poker LIVE Sochi Main Event
Vasiliy Tsapko Wins the 2019 888poker LIVE Sochi Main Event

A full recap of today's action is to follow.

Vasiliy Tsapko RU
Vasiliy Tsapko
RU 27,000,000 9,500,000
Leonid Semenyuk RU
Leonid Semenyuk
RU Busted

Tags: Leonid SemenyukVasiliy Tsapko

Level:
36
Blinds:
250,000/500,000
Ante:
500,000

Tsapko Doubles Right Back

zedmaster84 • Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante
Vasiliy Tsapko
Vasiliy Tsapko

Leonid Semenyuk raised to 900,000 and called the shove of Vasiliy Tsapko for 6.7 million in total.

Vasiliy Tsapko: {j-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Leonid Semenyuk: {a-Hearts}{3-Hearts}

Tsapko caught a big flop in {q-Spades}{9-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} and turned a pair thanks to the {10-Hearts}, the river was the {5-Hearts} and Tsapko doubled back to near even stacks.

Vasiliy Tsapko RU
Vasiliy Tsapko
RU 14,000,000 6,900,000
Leonid Semenyuk RU
Leonid Semenyuk
RU 13,000,000 -7,000,000

Tags: Leonid SemenyukVasiliy Tsapko

Semenyuk Doubles Into the Lead

zedmaster84 • Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante
Leonid Semenyuk
Leonid Semenyuk

Vasiliy Tsapko raised to 900,000 with the {8-Spades}{6-Spades} and Leonid Semenyuk called with {j-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}. On the {j-Spades}{8-Clubs}{7-Spades} flop, Semenyuk check-raised from 700,000 to 2,000,000 and Tsapko moved all in, Semenyuk called after a few seconds of consideration.

The {9-Spades} turn improved Tsapko to a flush, but the {j-Clubs} river gave Semenyuk a full house in a roller coaster run out.

Leonid Semenyuk RU
Leonid Semenyuk
RU 20,000,000 10,400,000
Vasiliy Tsapko RU
Vasiliy Tsapko
RU 7,100,000 -10,300,000

Tags: Leonid SemenyukVasiliy Tsapko

Level:
35
Blinds:
200,000/400,000
Ante:
400,000