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Malyshev Leads the Last 11 in Sochi; Filatov and Tremzin in Contention

zedmaster84 • Level 34: 800,000-1,600,000, 1,600,000 ante
partypoker ambassador Anatoly Filatov among the last 11 in Sochi
partypoker ambassador Anatoly Filatov among the last 11 in Sochi

The flagship tournament of the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia festival at the Sochi Casino and Resort is one step closer to determining a champion, as just 11 players out of 916 entries remain in contention in the RUB318,000 Main Event. The penultimate day of the event played through ten levels of one hour each and narrowly missed to reach the final table.

Leading the field into the final day is local player Andrey Malyshev with 140.3 million. All but three results of Malyshev come from right here in Sochi and the joint-best result of the Russian was a 47th place in this very event for ~$17,500 one year ago at the MILLIONS Russia Main Event. In the last level of the night, Malyshev knocked out 2017 finalist Vadim Lipovka with king-eight versus ace-queen suited in a battle of the blinds and won a big flip with ace-king against the pocket jacks of Luke Thursfield soon after.

Second in chips after Day 4 is Viktor Khodorenko from Belarus with 127 million followed by Mikhail Galitskiy with 127.9 million. Only three countries are represented, as Chin Wei Lim from Malaysia advanced with a stack of 88 million, the fifth-biggest stack. The other finalists are all from Russia including Alexey Melnikov (94.5 million), start-of-the-day chip leader Gor Kazaryan (74.5 million), Aleksandr Chernikov (73.9 million), partypoker ambassador Anatoly Filatov (67.5 million), Gleb Tremzin (48.8 million), Konstantin Uspenskii (43.9 million) and Ekaterina Fedyaeva (34.5 million).

Seat Assignments for the Final Day

SeatOrange TableChip CountBig BlindsSeatBlack TableChip CountBig Blinds
2Gleb Tremzin48,800,000241Konstantin Uspenskii43,900,00022
4Aleksandr Chernikov73,900,000372Anatoly Filatov67,500,00034
5Mikhail Galitskiy117,900,000593Chin Wei Lim88,000,00044
6Gor Kazaryan74,500,000374Alexey Melnikov94,500,00047
7Ekaterina Fedyaeva34,500,000175Andrey Malyshev140,300,00070
8Viktor Khodorenko127,000,00063----

The event is set to recommence on Monday, August 13th, 2018, as of 12 p.m. local time with blinds of 1,000,000/2,000,000 and a button ante of 2,000,000 and the remaining finalists are guaranteed at least RUB2,400,000 for their efforts, while the lion's share of the prize pool is still up for grabs. The winner can look forward to a payday of RUB60,000,000 and trophy that comes along with it.

Remaining Payouts

PlacePrize (in Casino Sochi Units)Prize (in RUB)Prize (~ in USD)
11,000,00060,000,000886,200
2650,00039,000,000576,030
3445,50026,730,000394,802
4300,00018,000,000265,860
5200,00012,000,000177,240
6140,0008,400,000124,068
7100,0006,000,00088,620
870,0004,200,00062,034
950,0003,000,00044,310
10-1140,0002,400,00035,448

Action of Day 4 at a glance

When the cards were back in the air at noon local time, there were 58 hopefuls remaining and seven of them were battling for an additional incentive as part of the MPPL Dollar Last Longer competition. All players that bought in for the Main Event with the new versatile currency from online satellites on partypoker were in the mix for a $100,000 payday and it boiled down to UK's Colin McTaggart and Russia's Vyacheslav Nikulin. Down to the last five tables both were short in chips and Nikulin scored a lucky double with sixes against kings to survive, while McTaggart was less fortunate with ace-eight against pocket sevens soon after to bow out in 36th place.

Vyacheslav Nikulin
Vyacheslav Nikulin wins $100,000 Last Longer promotion

By then, several notables such as Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Mikhail Surin, Andrey Kotelnikov, Oleksii Kravchuk, Timothy Adams and Aleksei Istomin were all on the rail already. Istomin lost most of his chips in a three-way all in with ace-king suited against the ace-king of Anatoly Filatov and the pocket aces of Ekaterina Fedyaeva. Andrey Pateychuk was eliminated on the feature table and Nikulin's run came to an end in 33rd place to set up the final four tables.

Ukraine's Artem Metalidi, who comes fresh off an 8th place finish in the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event for $1,250,000, had to settle for 27th place and Denis Pisarev, as well as Said Butba, also missed out on the last three tables. Further casualties towards the end of the day included Israel's Saar Wilf and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Viacheslav Zhukov.

Down to the last two tables, Triple Crown champion Niall Farrell was still on track to claim the title in a fourth major live tournament series, but the run of the Scotsman ended in 14th place. Farrell lost a big pot with ace-six suited in a three-bet pot against the pocket kings of Viktor Khodorenko, the over card and nut flush draw on the turn bricked off and Farrell was left with 10 big blinds. The very same ace-six of hearts haunted Farrell again half an hour later when Aleksandr Chernikov rivered a better pair against the ace-five suited of the Scotsman.

Vadim Lipovka finished 8th in the 2017 MILLIONS Russia Main Event here in Sochi and was going for back-to-back final tables, however, his bid fell short and the Belorussian was eliminated in 13th place by eventual chip-leader Andrey Malyshev. It was also Malyshev that took most of Luke Thursfield's chips in a big flip with ace-king versus jacks and Thursfield then flopped trips fours in the last hand only to see Chin Wei Lim improve to a flush on the turn with queen-jack suited.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be back to bring you all the action from the final day of the Main Event here in Sochi as the second champion of Season 2 of the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS tour will be crowned.

Andrey Malyshev
Day 4 chip leader Andrey Malyshev

Tags: Aleksandr ChernikovAleksei IstominAlexey MelnikovAnatoly FilatovAndrey KotelnikovAndrey MalyshevAndrey PateychukArtem MetalidiChin Wei LimColin McTaggartDenis PisarevEkaterina FedyaevaGleb TremzinGor KazaryanKonstantin UspenskiiLuke ThursfieldMikhail GalitskiyMikhail SurinNiall FarrellOleksii Kravchukpartypoker LIVESaar WilfSaid ButbaSochi Casino and ResortTimothy AdamsVadim LipovkaViacheslav ZhukovViktor KhodorenkoVladimir TroyanovskiyVyacheslav Nikulin

End of Day Chip Counts

AaronMcBride • Level 34: 800,000-1,600,000, 1,600,000 ante
Andrey Malyshev ru
Andrey Malyshev
ru 140,300,000 19,800,000
Viktor Khodorenko by
Viktor Khodorenko
by 127,000,000 -7,850,000
Mikhail Galitskiy ru
Mikhail Galitskiy
ru 117,900,000 -100,000
Alexey Melnikov RU
Alexey Melnikov
RU 95,500,000 -13,500,000
Chin Wei Lim my
Chin Wei Lim
my 88,000,000
Gor Kazaryan ru
Gor Kazaryan
ru 74,500,000 -7,900,000
Aleksandr Chernikov ru
Aleksandr Chernikov
ru 73,900,000 18,250,000
Anatoly Filatov ru
Anatoly Filatov
ru 67,500,000 4,500,000
Gleb Tremzin ru
Gleb Tremzin
ru 48,800,000 -5,800,000
Konstantin Uspenskii RU
Konstantin Uspenskii
RU 43,900,000 4,900,000
Ekaterina Fedyaeva RU
Ekaterina Fedyaeva
RU 34,500,000 23,700,000

Play Concluded

AaronMcBride • Level 34: 800,000-1,600,000, 1,600,000 ante

The play on Day 4 has concluded with 11 players returning for the final day tomorrow at Noon local time.

Luke Thursfield Eliminated in 12th Place (RUB2,400,000)

AaronMcBride • Level 34: 800,000-1,600,000, 1,600,000 ante
Luke Thursfield
Luke Thursfield

Chin Wei Lim raised to 3,500,000 with {q-Spades}{j-Spades} from the cutoff, and Luke Thursfield called in the big blind with {5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} and left himself with just 10,900,000 behind him. The flop came down {4-Spades}{2-Spades}{4-Hearts}, and Thursfield check-raised all in after Lim had bet 2,500,000, and the latter called with his flush draw.

The turn brought the {3-Spades} to give Lim the flush and put him in the lead, and when the river {k-Hearts} fell, Thursfield's exit in 12th place for 2,400,000 RUB was confirmed.

Chin Wei Lim my
Chin Wei Lim
my 88,000,000 -12,000,000
Luke Thursfield GB
Luke Thursfield
GB Busted

Tags: Chin Wei LimLuke Thursfield

Kazaryan Doubles Through Galitskiy

zedmaster84 • Level 34: 800,000-1,600,000, 1,600,000 ante

Gleb Tremzin raised to 3.4 million with the {A-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} and Mikhail Galitskiy called in the cutoff with the {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}, Gor Kazaryan then shoved for 37.5 million on the button with {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}. Tremzin folded and Galitskiy called for a classic coin flip just as the last three hands of the night were announced.

The {8-Clubs}{5-Spades}{3-Spades} flop changed nothing much, but Kazaryan spiked the {K-Clubs} turn. The blank {J-Spades} river ensured yet another double for the short stack at risk just before bagging and tagging.

Mikhail Galitskiy ru
Mikhail Galitskiy
ru 118,000,000 -32,000,000
Gor Kazaryan ru
Gor Kazaryan
ru 82,400,000 42,500,000

Tags: Gleb TremzinGor KazaryanMikhail Galitskiy

Tremzin Takes From Kazaryan

zedmaster84 • Level 34: 800,000-1,600,000, 1,600,000 ante

Ona flop of {K-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{2-Spades} Gleb Tremzin bet 2.9 million with the {K-Hearts}{J-Clubs} in the big blind and Gor Kazaryan check-called in the big blind with {K-Clubs}{4-Hearts}. On the {A-Hearts} turn, Kazaryan checked again and called a bet of 4.1 million.

Both checked the {Q-Hearts} river and Tremzin claimed the pot.

Gleb Tremzin ru
Gleb Tremzin
ru 54,600,000 19,600,000
Gor Kazaryan ru
Gor Kazaryan
ru 39,900,000 -14,600,000

Tags: Gleb TremzinGor Kazaryan

Thursfield Loses a Big Flip to Malyshev

zedmaster84 • Level 34: 800,000-1,600,000, 1,600,000 ante

Anatoly Filatov raised to 3.5 million first to act with the {Q-Hearts}{J-Hearts} and Andrey Malyshev on the button three-bet to 12 million with the {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}. Luke Thursfield in the small blind four-bet to 27 million with {J-Spades}{J-Clubs} and the action folded back to Malyshev. The Russian opted to five-bet all in for 56.9 million after using a time bank and Thursfield called.

The {A-Spades}{4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} flop improved Malyshev to a pair of aces, and the {7-Hearts} turn and {4-Diamonds} river reduced Thursfield to a mere 10 big blinds towards the end of Day 4.

Andrey Malyshev ru
Andrey Malyshev
ru 120,500,000 70,500,000
Luke Thursfield GB
Luke Thursfield
GB 15,950,000 -45,050,000

Tags: Anatoly FilatovAndrey MalyshevLuke Thursfield

Galitskiy Hits a Straight

AaronMcBride • Level 34: 800,000-1,600,000, 1,600,000 ante

Mikhail Galitskiy raised to 3,500,000 from under the gun with {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts} and saw Ekaterina Fedyaeva call with pocket fours and Aleksandr Chernikov call in the big blind with {7-Hearts}{4-Hearts}.

The flop came {k-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{5-Hearts}, and only Chernikov called a 3,500,000 bet from Galitskiy. The turn was the {6-Clubs}, and Chernikov thought for a minute before he check-called a 12,000,000. The {j-Clubs} river gave Galitskiy a straight, and he bet 47,000,000 after Chernikov checked and then folded.

Mikhail Galitskiy ru
Mikhail Galitskiy
ru 150,000,000 14,800,000
Aleksandr Chernikov ru
Aleksandr Chernikov
ru 99,000,000 -1,650,000

Tags: Ekaterina FedyaevaMikhail GalitskiyAleksandr Chernikov