Day 6 completed
|Prize Pool||150,000,000 RUB|
|Blinds||40,000 / 80,000|
Day 6 completed
Pavel Shirshikov toppled a 387-player field to win the PokerStars Championship Sochi Main Event and take home RUB 29,100,000 (approx. $514,893).
Coming into the day second in chips, but only one big blind behind the chip leader, Shirshikov played magnificently, eliminating all but one of the players at the final table on his way to beating fellow Russian Vladimir Troyanovskiy to take down the title.
Troyanovskiy will not be left unhappy with his 2nd place finish for RUB 18,450,000 ($326,453), and will be coming away with another great result to go with his 3rd place finish in the PokerStars National High Roller.
But it was Shirshikov who emerged triumphant, taking down one of the biggest tournaments on Russian soil and adding his name to the list of PokerStars Championship Main Event champions.
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (RUB)||Prize (USD)|
|1||Pavel Shirshikov||Russian Federation||29,100,000||$514,893|
|2||Vladimir Troyanovskiy||Russian Federation||18,450,000||$326,453|
|4||Dmitry Vitkind||Russian Federation||10,785,000||$190,829|
|6||Timur Bubnov||Russian Federation||6,570,000||$116,249|
|8||Nadar Kakhmazov||Russian Federation||3,540,000||$62,636|
First to go today was Timur Bubnov. The short stack coming into the final day departed after his top pair ran into the flopped two pair of Vladimir Troyanovskiy. With no help on the turn or river the last remaining Spin and Go qualifier was eliminated in 6th place for RUB 6,760,000 ($116,249).
Lavrentiy Ni had worked hard during the final table, but faced a couple of difficult river spots against multiple opponents, and eventually moved all in with pocket eights, and was called by the Ace-Queen of Shirshikov. The flop was all diamonds, and with Shirshikov holding the Ace of diamonds, the four of diamonds on the turn sealed Ni’s fate and he left in 5th place for RUB 8,535,000 ($151,016).
At this stage play was relatively deep-stacked. Both Shirshikov and Troyanovskiy seemed to be driving things, with stacks in excess of 75 big blinds, and it seemed only a cooler would come close to breaking the cycle.
And a cooler it was. Shirshikov and Dmitry Vitkind bumped heads in a five-bet pot with Shirshikov holding Kings against Vitkind’s aces. There was a king on the turn which ended Vitkind’s Main Event run. This meant that Vitkind finished in the same place as he did seven years ago at EPT Tallinn. Vitkind took home RUB 10,785,000 ($190,829) for his efforts.
Again, the stack sizes were heading ever skywards, and it took another cooler to get play to heads-up. Shirshikov picked up Queen-Nine and Seyed Ghavam King-Nine. The flop came Queen-Nine-Eight, and the money went in on the turn with Ghavam needing to hit one of his remaining three outs to stay alive. He didn’t, but he still secured his deepest run in a major tournament since last December where he finished 84th in the EPT Prague Main Event for $14,638. This was his biggest live score to date, and he took home RUB 13,335,000 ($235,948) for third place.
As a result of Shirshikov eliminating Ni, Vitkind and Ghavam, he came into the heads-up portion of play with a greater than 2:1 chip lead. A combination of good fortune and strong heads-up play saw him forge an even greater gap against his opponent Troyanovskiy.
In the end, and with the dinner break looming, Shirshikov finally found a breakthrough and Troyanovskiy's stack was down around the 20 big blind mark. After getting even shorter, Troyanovskiy chopped a pot when five diamonds ran out on the board. He then doubled in a pot after rivering a miracle three-outer, before finally succumbing at the hands of his compatriot after a short but entertaining heads-up match.
Hand #163: Vladimir Troyanovskiy limped in and Pavel Shirshikov moved all in, Troyanovskiy called all in for 1,100,000.
The flop gave Shirshikov top pair and the nut flush draw, while Troyanovskiy had two live cards and an open-ended straight draw. The turn changed nothing much, and the river was a blank to crown a champion.
Troyanovskiy has to settle for second place and a payday of RUB 18,450,000 (~$326,453), while Shirshikov takes home the trophy, title and a payday of RUB 29,100,000 (~514,893).
A recap of today's action will be available shortly.
Hand #158: Pavel Shirshikov open-jammed with and Vladimir Troyanoskiy called all-in with .
The board ran out and the pot was chopped.
Hand #159: Troyanovskiy open-jammed with and Shirshiikov called with [qc10d, putting Troyanovskiy at risk.
The board ran out , giving Troyanovskiy two pair on the river to double up. - 1060 10.560
Hand #160: Shirshikov opened and took down the pot.
Hand #161: Troyanovskiy limped [with , Shirshikov checked with , and Troyanovskiy won the pot after both players checked down a board of .
Hand #162: Troyanovskiy got a walk
Hand #153: Vladimir Troyanovskiy limped with and Pavel Shirshikov checked with . A flop of saw a bet from Troyanovskiy that took a small pot.
Hand #154: Shirshikov shoved and Troyanovskiy foloded
Hand #155: Troyanovskiy limped with and folded to a shove leaving him on 8 BBs
Hand #156: Troyanovskiy got a walk
Hand #157: Limp with for Troyanovskiy and Shirshikov checked with . It was checked to the river of a board reading where the four was good for Shirshikov .
Hand #149: Vladimir Troyanovskiy limped in with and Pavel Shirshikov raised to 200,000 with the , Troyanovskiy quickly folded.
Hand #150: Shirshikov raised to 140,000 with and Troyanovskiy defended the . The flop came and Troyanovskiy checked, Shirshikov bet 170,000 and won the pot.
Hand #151: Troyanovskiy limped with and Shirshikov raised to 200,000 with , forcing a quick fold.
Hand #152: Shirshikov raised to 140,000 with and Troyanovskiy called with . The flop came and both players checked. On the turn, Troyanovskiy checked and called a bet worth 150,000 before checking again the river.
Troyanovskiy checked the third street in a row and Shirshikov bet 400,000. After some consideration, Troyanovskiy called and was left with just 10 big blinds.
Hand #143: Pavel Shirshikov received a walk.
Hand #144: Shirshikov opened to 140,000 with and Troyanovskiy three-bet with [4h4d, taking down the pot.
Hand #145: Shirshikov got a walk
Hand #146: Shirshikov limped with , Troyanovskiy raised with , and Shirshikov took down the pot with a three-bet.
Hand #147: Troyanovskiy opened for 125,000 and Shirshikov called with . The flop came and both players checked, seeing the for free. Troy bet 130,000 and Shirshikov check-called. The river was the and Troyanovskiy fired a bet of 125,000. Shirshikov called and his pair of sixes were good
Hand #148: Shirshikov limped with and Troyanovskiy won after moving all-in with a pair of sevens
Hand #138: Limp with from Pavel Shirshikov and a call for Vladimir Troyanovskiy with . A flop of and a bet from Shirshikov took the pot.
Hand #139: Troyanovskiy with limped and Shirshikov called with . To the river of with no action where a bet from Shirshikov of 70,000 got a call from Troyanovskiy who lost the pot with Jack high.
Hand #140: Shirshikov raised with limped and for Troyanovskiy with a call. The flop was and a bet of 150,000 form Shirshikov got called. The turn was the which got checked and the river was the . Troyanovskiy bet 255,000 and took the pot.
Hand #141: Troyanovskiy raised with and Shirshikov called with . To the flop of a where Shirshikov called a bet. the turn was the . Check-check and the river is the where Shirshikov bet 260,000 and took the pot.
Hand #142: Troyanovskiy got a walk.