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Kravchuk Bags Over Five Million; 106 Progress From Day 1a

AaronMcBride • Level 8: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Aleksei Istomin bagged 3.9m at the end of Day 1a
Aleksei Istomin bagged 3.9m at the end of Day 1a

Day 1a of the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia Main Event kicked off at Noon local time at the outstanding surroundings of the Sochi Casino and Resort and over the course of the eight hours of play 201 entrants took part in the opening live flight, of which 106 survived.

The RUB300,000+18,000 (~$4,900) buy-in event, which comes with a 300 Million Russian Rubles guarantee, gave players a starting stack worth 1,000,000 chips and with the first three levels of blinds all set at 5,000/10,000 with an increasing button ante, there was plenty of room for maneuver in the early play.

Players such as Natalia Panchenko, Ionut-Flavius Voinea, Pavel Kovalenko, Vitaliy Li and last year's MILLIONS Russia third-place finisher Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy were all in action from the start, with familiar faces such as former tennis star Yevgeny Kafelnikov and partypoker LIVE MILLIONS winner Maria Lampropulos also joining the fray.

However, of those names only Pavel Kovalenko (3,570,000) and Natalia Panchenko (985,000) lasted all eight levels, with the rest all able to try again on Wednesday, August 8 or Thursday, August 9 for Day 1b and 1c respectively.

Ukrainian Oleksii Kravchuk will go into Friday's Day 2 as the Day 1a chip leader after he was the only player to bag a stack worth over 5m after he finished with 5,055,000. Kravchuk's most important hand of the day occurred during the final level when he saw his opponent move all in for 1,000,000 on the turn after Kravchuk had hit a set of jacks on the flop. His hand held on the river and propelled Kravchuk up the chip counts.

Other players to bag healthy stacks included Alexey Melnikov (4,660,000), Egor Evsin (4,340,000), Aleksandr Mikhalev (4,250,000) and Malaysia's Chin Wei Lim (4,100,000), who needed a second bullet to build his stack after he had earlier seen his pocket kings cracked by Alexey Melnikov's seven-five suited.

Day 1b will kick-off tomorrow at noon local time with another group of players coming together to play eight levels with the aim of making Day 2.

PokerNews will once again be bringing you all the action, so be sure to join us on Wednesday, August 8 at Noon.

Tags: Aleksandr MerzhvinskiyAleksandr MikhalevAlexey MelnikovChin Wei LimEgor EvsinMaria LampropulosNatalia PanchenkoOleksii KravchukPavel KovalenkoSochi Casino and ResortVitaliy LiYevgeny Kafelnikov

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

AaronMcBride • Level 8: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Oleksii Kravchuk ua
Oleksii Kravchuk
ua 5,055,000 855,000
Alexey Melnikov RU
Alexey Melnikov
RU 4,660,000 360,000
Egor Evsin RU
Egor Evsin
RU 4,340,000 1,440,000
Aleksandr Mikhalev RU
Aleksandr Mikhalev
RU 4,250,000 850,000
Chin Wei Lim my
Chin Wei Lim
my 4,100,000 3,100,000
Aleksei Istomin ru
Aleksei Istomin
ru 3,960,000 -240,000
Jiri Horak cz
Jiri Horak
cz 3,715,000 2,315,000
Pavel Kovalenko ru
Pavel Kovalenko
ru 3,570,000 2,570,000
Andrey Kotelnikov ru
Andrey Kotelnikov
ru 3,500,000 700,000
Gleb Tremzin ru
Gleb Tremzin
ru 3,500,000
Mikhail Galitskiy ru
Mikhail Galitskiy
ru 3,485,000 1,785,000
Alexander Zubov ru
Alexander Zubov
ru 3,475,000 175,000
Boris Yanpolskiy ru
Boris Yanpolskiy
ru 3,475,000 775,000
Anatolii Iuzhakov RU
Anatolii Iuzhakov
RU 3,475,000
Rafail Sushkin ru
Rafail Sushkin
ru 3,285,000 -115,000
Edik Davoyan AM
Edik Davoyan
AM 3,105,000
Sergey Ananev RU
Sergey Ananev
RU 3,065,000 365,000
Aleksey Dekterev RU
Aleksey Dekterev
RU 2,940,000 2,940,000
Sergey Terentyev RU
Sergey Terentyev
RU 2,892,000 -208,000
Maxim Usachev RU
Maxim Usachev
RU 2,730,000 830,000
Alexey Vandyshev RU
Alexey Vandyshev
RU 2,710,000 210,000
Vladimir Snimschikov RU
Vladimir Snimschikov
RU 2,600,000
Mikhail Surin ru
Mikhail Surin
ru 2,585,000 1,585,000
Nikita Bochkin ru
Nikita Bochkin
ru 2,570,000 2,570,000
Viktor Khodorenko by
Viktor Khodorenko
by 2,545,000

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Day 1a Play Comes to an End

AaronMcBride • Level 8: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

The play in Day 1a of the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia has come to an end at the Sochi Casino with the remaining players bagging their chips.

An official full chip count list will be posted shortly along with a recap of today's action.

Kravchuk Eliminates Nikulin

AaronMcBride • Level 8: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

The board was down {2-Hearts}{4-Spades}{j-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{k-Spades} with three players in the pot when Konstantin Nikulin moved all in for 1m after the player in the small blind had checked their option. Oleksii Kravchuk was on the button and contemplated his decision before he reshoved.

The player in the small blind needed a couple of minutes to think before he reluctantly folded, and the all-in players turned over their hands.

Konstantin Nikulin: {7-Clubs}{7-Spades}
Oleksii Kravchuk: {j-Spades}{j-Hearts}

Kravchuk had a set of jacks and took the pot to move over four million in chips, as Nikulin departed just 30 minutes before the end of the day's play.

Oleksii Kravchuk ua
Oleksii Kravchuk
ua 4,200,000
Konstantin Nikulin RU
Konstantin Nikulin
RU Busted

Tags: Oleksii KravchukKonstantin Nikulin

Voinea Flops a Set But Exits

AaronMcBride • Level 8: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

Ionut-Flavius Voinea was all in and had his tournament life on the line up against Alexey Melnikov who held pocket kings. Voinea had seen his pocket queens hit a set on the flop and took the lead. However, the turn card had given Melnikov a flush draw, and when the river was revealed to be a diamond that didn't pair the board, Voinea saw his chances of securing a double up disappear as Melnikov hit a vital flush to seal his opponent's exit and move his chip stack over four million in the process.

Alexey Melnikov RU
Alexey Melnikov
RU 4,300,000 1,700,000
Ionut-Flavius Voinea ro
Ionut-Flavius Voinea
ro Busted

Tags: Alexey MelnikovIonut-Flavius Voinea

Final Level Gets Underway

AaronMcBride • Level 8: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

The final level of Day 1a has commenced and it 60 minutes time the remaining players will bag their chips and return on Friday, August 10 for Day 2.