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Giorgiy Skhulukhiya Steamrolls to Victory in the 2021 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus $5,300 Main Event ($683,285)
It took just four hours to crown a winner in the 2021 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus $5,300 Main Event and Georgia's Giorgiy Skhulukhiya went wire-to-wire in dominating fashion to earn his biggest career payday on the live poker circuit so far. The flagship tournament of the festival smashed the $3 million guarantee thanks to 839 entries and the top 98 finishers earned the biggest portion of the $3,859,400 prize pool.
After a short-lived heads-up duel, Skhulukhiya defeated Cyprus-based German poker pro Robert Heidorn in heads-up to claim the top prize of $683,285. The Georgian already had two six-figure victories in the two previous years to his name at the five-star Merit Crystal Cove Hotel Casino & Spa. During the final table showdown, Skhulukhiya wore a shirt that features a print of his daughter's drawing that was given to him as a wish to reach the final table. It proved to be a lucky charm indeed as he wrapped up the final day in record time.
Skhulukhiya capped off the triumph in extremely convincing fashion after knocking out seven of his last eight opponents. Heads-up opponent Heidorn started the final table as the second-shortest stack with just 12 blinds but survived the carnage to ladder up all the way to a consolation prize of $494,810.
Canada's Harpreet Gill earned his entry in a satellite on partypoker and finished in third place while the final table also featured Pokercode Grindhouse member Fabian Bernhauser and local player Angelos Michael from the southern part of the island.
Final Result $5,300 Main Event
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Skhulukhiya also won the LuxonPay last longer competition against Heidorn to add another small boost to his bankroll. He will surpass $2 million in cashes on the live poker circuit and further cement his status at the top of the all-time money list of Georgia. The successful $5,300 Main Event concludes the return of the MILLIONS live poker tour after a hiatus of more than one and a half years due to the global pandemic.
Skhulukhiya Dominates Final Table
Only during the first few hands of the final table, Skhulukhiya had to concede the top spot but once he regained it, there was simply no looking back. Every opponent that dared to challenge the aggressive playing style of the Georgian had to pay for it and the only opponent to double was Fabian Bernhauser with a short stack. All other all-in showdowns went to Skhulukhiya, who knocked out seven of the other final eight contenders.
Hadi Khadra suffered a rough start to the final table and lost every showdown while getting it in ahead, eventually succumbing to a short stack when his pocket queens failed to hold up against the ace-jack suited of Harpreet Gill. Soon after, Angelos Michael three-bet jammed ace-king into the kings of Skhulukhiya and, as the commentators on the partypoker live stream said, it would be all over.
That prediction turned out to come true as one finalist after the other sent their chips over to Skhulukhiya. Halil Baybars lost a flip, Majid Kamarei was outflopped and Bernhauser paid for his previous double when he lost a flip shortly thereafter to bow out in fifth place. Only ten minutes later the tournament was already down to the final two and Heidorn had a mountain to climb.
The one-sided heads-up duel was seemingly only ever going to go one way and Heidorn was quickly chipped down to just eight blinds when he made the last stand with a queen. Skhulukhiya had an ace and paired his kicker to dispatch his final opponent to wrap it up in just under four hours.
That wraps up the PokerNews live reporting from the 2021 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus festival and all eyes of the live poker scene will now be set on the in-person World Series of Poker in Las Vegas as of September 30, 2021.
Down to just eight blinds and 4.1 million in total, Robert Heidorn jammed it in from the small blind and was called by Giorgiy Skhulukhiya in the big blind.
The flop gave Heidorn a gutshot while the turn changed nothing much. Another blank followed on the river and that settled the victory for Skhulukhiya. Heidorn's run ends in second place for a very respectable payday of $494,810 but there was simply no stopping to the wrecking ball on the other side of the table.
A full recap of today's action is to follow.
The stampede of Giorgiy Skhulukhiya continued without showdown and Robert Heidorn then limped the . Skhulukhiya raised to 1.3 million with the 5AcAd] and Heidorn folded.
On the next flop of , Robert Heidorn bet 900,000 with the and Giorgiy Skhulukhiya check-raised to 2.4 million with the . Heidorn made the call to see the turn and faced a bet worth 3.3 million by Skhulukhiya, which he called once more. The river gave Skhulukhiya the top pair and he barreled 5.1 million.
Giorgiy Skhulukhiya raised to 1,550,000 with the and Robert Heidorn defended the . On the flop, Heidorn check-called for 900,000 and checked the on the turn. Skhulukhiya checked back and called a bet of 1.3 million on the river to get all his losses back.
Robert Heidorn raised to 2.2 million with the and was called by Giorgiy Skhulukhiya with the . They checked to the river on which Skhulukhiya bet 1.3 million. Heidorn gave it some thought and Skhuluhiya joked "bro, help me please" and called the clock.
Heidorn then called and earned the first pot of heads.up
With a strong lead over Robert Heidorn, Giorgiy Skhulukhiya has kicked off the heads-up duel.
After losing another three big blinds, Harpreet Gill then shoved the small blind for 2,550,000 and Giorgiy Skhulukhiya called in the big blind.
"Hold please" Gill said but the flop gave Skhulukhiya two pair. The turn opened up some outs for Gill but the river was a brick to eliminate Gill in third place.
There is now a break of around 15 minutes before the heads-up duel will get underway.
Following a raise by Harpreet Gill to 1.2 million and a call by Robert Heidorn in the big blind, the flop fell and Heidorn check-jammed for 6,475,000. Gill had bet 3.6 million and called the shove.
The turn saw Gill say "nice hand" and the river further improved Heidorn to a flush for the double.