EPT Sochi: Main Event final table live updates

March 29, 2018

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8:55pm: We have a winner!
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (ante 25,000)

Well, we didn’t have to wait long at all. Viktor Shegai has just got it in for the last time against Arseniy Karmatskiy.

With only about nine big blinds left for Shegai, Karmatskiy jammed Q♠10♦ and Shegai called pretty sharpish with J♣8♣.

The 7♦10♣6♦ flop brought top pair for Karmatskiy but he wasn’t out of the woods just yet. Shegai could still hit a jack, a nine for the straight or running clubs.

The 7♠ turn was a good card for Karmatskiy and narrowed Shegai’s outs to jacks and nines only.

The river was a 6♥ and it makes Karmatskiy our new EPT Sochi Main Event champion. Congratulations go to our winner, who after six days of play wins about $475,500, the title, the trophy and one of the PokerStars Players NL Holdem Championship Platinum Passes. Plus some serious bragging rights, of course. –LY

8:50pm: Karmatskiy inches forward
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (ante 25,000)

Viktor Shegai is down to less than ten big blinds after losing a pot against Arseniy Karmatskiy.

Shegai limped 6♣4♣ and Karmatskiy checked his option with K♥9♣, taking them to a flop.


Karmatskiy hit second pair and called 400,000 on the flop. On the 3♥ turn, Shegai checked and Karmatskiy checked behind. Finally the river came and it was an 8♠, sealing the hand for Karmatskiy.

Shegai still had aspirations to take the pot though and bet 850,000 into a 1.35 million pot but it wasn’t enough to push Karmatskiy out and he called. Shegai will need a lot of help to come back from the 2.4 million stack he has left. –LY

8:40pm: Play resumes
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (ante 25,000)

Following the dinner break, our two finalists come back to pick up where they left off. –LY

7:55pm: Dinner break

Players are now on a 45-minute dinner break. Then our final two will come back to 45-minute levels.

7:50pm: We’re back to where we started
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (ante 25,000)

After an hour or so with very little going Arseniy Karmatskiy’s way, he finally pulls one back and it was a very good pot to win too.

Karmatskiy had 10♥9♥ and Viktor Shegai had Q♦4♥ going into the flop.

The 8♣Q♥J♠ flop gave Karmatskiy a made straight and top pair for Shegai. Karmatskiy check-called the 300,000 bet and the turn came 3♣. Shegai was drawing dead at this point and was checked to once again by Karmatskiy. He barrelled for 500,000 and Karmatskiy increased the price to 1.4 million. Shegai seemed a little put off and even asked Karmatskiy if he had a straight but called all the same.

Finally, the river was a K♦. Karmatskiy went for a value bet of 1.5 million and Shegai didn’t feel he could get away and made the call.

This pot brings them almost exactly where we started with Karmatskiy on 19.275 million and Shegai sitting with 4.375 million. –LY

7:35pm: Shegai shows no fear
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (ante 25,000)

Play hasn’t reached the flop an awful lot recently but we just saw Arseniy Karmatskiy and Viktor Shegai get tangled up in one pot.

Karmatskiy began by limping the button and Shegai made a small raise to 500,000. Karmatskiy just flatted and to the flop they went.

Karmatskiy 7♥7♦
Shegai 7♣3♥


Shegai was in trouble, having a better chance of getting a chop than winning the hand outright – only running threes or running clubs could secure the hand for him.

He continued for another 500,000 and Karmatskiy called. The turn card was a Q♠ and this time Shegai slowed down with a check. Karmatskiy counted out 800,000 but immediately faced a re-raise to 2.4 million. The price was too much and he sent his cards into the muck but Shegai didn’t do the same, instead showing his bluff with pride. It’s been a difficult start for Karmatskiy but at least he still has the chip lead. –LY

7:20pm: Shegai builds
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (ante 25,000)

Viktor Shegai has shown little fear in the first part of heads-up play and, as of yet, he has gotten all his jams and raises through. He has built up to 7.03 million to Arseniy Karmatskiy’s 16.63 million. Considering Karmatskiy had five times as many chips as they began playing heads up, this is a significant step in the right direction. –LY

The final battle

6:51pm: Break
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (ante 25,000)

We’re now on a short break as players get ready for the heads-up battle.

Name Country Chip count
Arseniy Karmatskiy Russia 19,150,000
Viktor Shegai Russia 4,500,000

6:50pm: Ernest Shakaryan eliminated in 3rd (11,688,000 ₽)
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (ante 25,000)

After waiting quite some time for an elimination, we have just had our second one in close succession. Following Viktor Shegai’s double up just now, Ernest Shakaryan was the player who needed to make a move and he got it in against Arseniy Karmatskiy.

Shakaryan A♦7♠
Karmatskiy A♥6♣

The flop fell 2♣6♠3♠ and Shakaryan looked on unhappily when he saw Karmatskiy pair the six.

Shakaryan was in very bad shape as they headed into the turn and it was a 10♣, which didn’t help him at all. There was just one card to come and only three outs to turn things around.

He couldn’t get there on the 2♥ river and he graciously shook Karmatskiy’s hand as he got up to leave the table. An unfortunate end to a great run, Shakaryan took just over $200,000 in prize money, while Karmatskiy and Viktor Shegai prepare to play heads up. –LY

Ernest Shakaryan (left) and Viktor Shegai (right) shake hands, we’re now heads-up

6:50pm: Another double for Shegai
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (ante 25,000)

Now it’s Viktor Shegai who’s hit the two-outer against Arseniy Karmatskiy. Shegai moved all-in for 2.23 million from the button with A♥4♥ and Karmatskiy called from the small blind with A♣7♣.

Karmatskiy was in the lead and hit a flush draw on the 10♣6♣9♥. This killed the 4♣ as an out for Shegai, leaving him with just two. A 10♦ came on the turn and the 4♦ landed on the river to save Shegai. Shegai doubled to 4.73 million while Karmatskiy still has a healthy lead with 16.03 million. –AV

Viktor Shegai celebrating on the river

6:40pm: Vahe Martirosyan eliminated in 4th (8,766,000 ₽)
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (ante 25,000)

As we predicted, Arseniy Karmatskiy has been pushing almost every hand and just now he set everyone all in from under-the-gun/cutoff. Vahe Martirosyan decided his hand was too good to pass and made the call.

Karmatskiy 6♠3♠
Martirosyan 7♥7♣

Martirosyan was a four to one favourite going into the flop.


As has been the case so often on this final table, there was a big sweat for Martirosyan.

By the 2♠ turn, Karmatskiy had locked it up with the flush and the 7♠ was unnecessarily excessive.

Martirosyan will be heading home with about $152,000 and we are now down to our top three. –LY

Vahe Martirosyan, another Karmatskiy KO

6:30pm: Shakaryan doubles
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (ante 25,000)

Arseniy Karmatskiy has been pushing his advantage, opening most hands and putting pressure on the other three short-stacked players. He has been chipping up nicely, with no one showing any resistance. Until just now, that is.

Karmatskiy jammed in the small blind and Ernest Shakaryan, who was the shortest on the table, made a quick call with A♠8♠. With Karmatskiy holding 2♦2♣, they were flipping.

7♣K♦4♦ came down on the flop and though Shakaryan had picked up backdoor possibilities for hitting a flush or a straight, Karmatskiy moved into the lead.

The turn was a 4♦ and now it was just pair cards that would prevent Shakaryan from hitting the rail in 4th place.

The A♦ river saved him though and he moves up to almost 4 million. This has barely damaged Karmatskiy’s stack though and we expect him to continue using that to his advantage. –LY

6:20pm: We’re back
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (ante 25,000)

The final four are back and here’s how they stack up:

Name Country Chip count
Arseniy Karmatskiy Russia 14,935,000
Vahe Martirosyan Armenia 3,980,000
Viktor Shegai Russia 2,990,000
Ernest Shakaryan Russia 1,750,000

6:00pm: Break

We’re on another 20-minute break. Once again, Karmatskiy has a giant lead. We’ll see what he can do with it the following level.

5:55pm: Shegai was down but he’s not out yet
Level 31 – Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000)

After losing that massive flip versus Arseniy Karmatskiy, Viktor Shegai was down to 435,000, a tiny two and a half big blinds. With A♣K♥ on the button, he naturally got it in and with such a good price and an opportunity for stepping up the money ladder, both Karmatskiy and Ernest Shakoryan called in the blinds.


It was checked down by Karmatskiy and Shakoryan and Shegai wins a triple up. He now has around eight big blinds with 1.39 million.

Viktor “The Best Post-Flop Poker Player in the World” Shegai

Then two hands later, he is in the big blind with A♥9♣ and calls Vage Martirosyan’s jam from the small blind. Shegai was ahead of Martirosyan’s 5♠6♠ as they went to the flop.

3♠2♠J♣ brought Martirosyan a whole heap of outs, with a gutshot straight flush draw and still able to hit a five or a six too.

The turn was a 10♣ brick and the river dodged everything, giving Shegai a pair with the 9♥. He has now jumped up into third place, ahead of Shakoryan, with 2.77 million. –LY

5:45pm: Gigantic double up for Karmastkiy, Shegai on fumes
Level 31 – Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000)

It was the biggest pot of the tournament. Viktor Shegai and Aresniy Karmatskiy were nearly even in chips and they got it all-in. Karmatskiy was in second place with 7.63 million and Shegai had 8.08 million.

Shegai started things off with a simple raise to 400,000 from the small blind with A♠K♦ and then Karmatskiy looked down at J♥J♦ from the big blind. Karmatskiy didn’t want to mess around and jammed all-in for 7.6 million

Shegai didn’t think for too long and announced the call. Players tabled their hands and we had a 15.33 million chip flip.

There was an ace on the window of a 3♣8♠A♣ flop and Shegai shot into the lead. Karmatskiy only had two outs and the 8♣ on the turn wasn’t one of them. The J♠ on the river was though. Karmatskiy leaped off the stage and celebrated with his friends while Shegai shook his head.

Karmatskiy doubled to 15.3 million, nearly two-thirds of the chips in play, while Shegai was left with just two big blinds. –AV

Aresniy Karmatskiy celebrating with his friends

5:35pm: Shakaryan drops
Level 31 – Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000)

Ernest Shakaryan has dropped down to just 11 big blinds after losing a pot to Arseniy Karmatskiy. Karmatskiy played A♠J♠ slowly, limping in the small blind and Shakaryan decided to go to a flop and checked his option with A♥2♠.


The flop gave both players top pair and Karmatskiy bet 280,000 into the pot. Shakaryan called and the dealer put a 7♣ on the turn. This time it went check-check and finally, the river card was dealt.

It was a K♥ and Karmatskiy took the betting lead again, putting 625,000 over the line, which Shakaryan was quick to call. He loses the pot and is playing 1.785 million now. –LY

5:25pm: Karmatskiy back on the climb
Level 31 – Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000)

Aresniy Karmatskiy raised to 325,000 with Q♠J♥ from under the gun and Ernest Shakaryan called from the button with J♣9♦. Both players checked the A♣K♣4♥ flop and then Karmatskiy bet 410,000 after the 9♠ came on the turn. Shakaryan called and a 3♦ completed the board.

“Any bet you make, I call,” Shakaryan said. So Karmatskiy moved all-in. It turned out not to be true. Karmatskiy chipped up to 6.72 million while Shakaryan dropped to 2.57 million. –AV

5:10pm: Martirosyan pulls up
Level 31 – Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000)

Viktor Shegai has been very active this level and once again he was involved in the following hand.

He peeled Vahe Martirosyan’s small blind raise from the big blind and the pair went to a flop.

Shegai A♥9♦
Martirosyan K♠Q♦


Vahe Martirosyan

Martirosyan hit top pair but elected to check. Shegai took the opportunity to bet, making it 550,000 and Martirosyan upped it to 1.3 million. With an over and two runner-runner draws, Shegai decided to peel.

On the 4♠ turn, Martirosyan jammed for about two-thirds pot. Shegai couldn’t continue and reliquished some of his lead, whilst Martirosyan has chipped up to 5.91 million, which puts him in second place. –LY

4:55pm: Shegai skyrockets into the lead
Level 31 – Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000)

Viktor Shegai showed once again why he calls himself the best post-flop poker player in the world. He just pushed Arseniy Karmatskiy off a winning hand on the river for the tournament lead.

Action folded to Shegai’s small blind and he made it 400,000 with A♣6♠. Karmatskiy was on the big blind with A♥9♦ and pumped it up to 1.06 million. Shegai called and both players hit an ace on the A♠5♠8♣ flop.

A quick check/check brought us to a 3♣ on the turn and Shegai bet 1.5 million. Karmatskiy called and a 4♣ completed the board. Shegai quickly moved all-in and then Karmatskiy thought, for a while. Karmatskiy was in the tank for over seven minutes.

For a replay of the hand, just stare at this picture for seven minutes

During that time he tried to get some information from a relaxed-looking Shegai.

“Pocket fives or pocket eights…” Karmatskiy said at one point.

“Or I could have nothing,” Shegai said, interrupting Karmatskiy before he could finish his thought.
Karmatskiy eventually agreed to fold if Shegai showed. Karmatskiy turned mucked his hand face-up and Shegai then turned over his inferior pair of aces.

Karmatskiy dropped the chips he was holding in his hand and looked like he got punched in the gut. Shegai took the lead with 10.1 million while Karmatskiy dropped to 6.4 million. –AV

It was a tough spot for Arseniy Karmatskiy

4:40pm: Shegai wins a few pots
Level 31 – Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000)

Viktor Shegai has pulled himself up into a more convincing second position after taking down the last three hands.

First, he stole the blinds with A♠A♣. Next, he three-bet shoved 3♠3♣ blind v blind when Vahe Martirosyan had opened to 380,000 in the small blind.

Most recently he played a pot postflop against Arseniy Karmatskiy that was also blind versus blind. Shegai opened to 420,000 with K♣Q♣ and our chip leader defended K♦10♦.

The flop came 4♠Q♦5♠ and Shegai continued for 600,000. Karmatskiy floated and the dealer put a 6♣ on the turn. Shegai barrelled for 1.3 million this time and took it down. A good start to Level 31 for Shegai. –LY

4:25pm: Another level
Level 31 – Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 30,000)

We’re back from break for another level of poker. Who will we lose this level? Can Karmatskiy hold onto his lead?

4:05pm: Break

Our final four players are on another 20-minute break.

4:00pm: Pocket pairs to end the level
Level 30 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

It was a level filled with pocket pairs and the last hand was no exception.

Vahe Martirosyan raised to 270,000 from the button with 8♠8♦ and Viktor Shegai called from the small blind with 3♠3♣. Arseniy Karmatskiy was on the big blind and of course, he woke up with another pocket pair, a big one.

Karmatskiy had Q♦Q♣ and three-bet to 1.12 million. Martirosyan thought for a while but ended up folding and Shegai quickly folded behind.

Karmatskiy extended his lead to 10.41 million while Martirosyan is sitting with 4.08 million and Shegai is close behind with 4.02 million. –AV

3:55pm: Mikhail Kovalyuk eliminated in 5th (6,923,280 ₽)
Level 30 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

…the following hand is something of a rough ride.

Vahe Martirosyan opened the cutoff to 250,000 with K♣4♣ and when Arseniy Karmatskiy looked at his cards, he found K♠K♦ in the hole and opted to raise it up, making it 875,000 from the small blind. On his left, Mikhail Kovalyuk found A♦A♥ and we got ready to see fireworks.

Kovalyuk made a show of it, giving the impression that he really didn’t like his spot. After a minute or so of squirming in his seat, he made a cold four-bet to 1.6 million. With Martirosyan getting out of the way, it was back to Karmatskiy. He seemed suspicious but eventually decided that he couldn’t fold the second best starting hand and called.

Going into the flop, we knew that there was only one king to hit, with Martirosyan folding the other and Karmatskiy would be down to just 870,000 chips and in serious, serious trouble.


Unbelievably, there was the case king on the flop but it was accompanied by two other hearts, giving Kovalyuk a flush draw. It was a horrible sweat for both players and no matter what happened now, it would be elation for one and despair for the other.


The turn didn’t turn things around for Kovalyuk and neither did the 9♦ river, meaning we say goodbye to him in 5th place. He will probably be thinking about this hand for a long time and we only hope the $120,000 prize money will give him some comfort as he heads home.

Karmatskiy has retaken the lead with 9.6 million chips. –LY

Arseiny Karmatskiy (left) hit a one-outer to bust Mikhail Kovalyuk (right) in 5th place

3:50pm: Field evens out
Level 30 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

There is not a lot in it between our final five. Ernest Shakaryan has 42 big blinds and is sitting at the front of the pack, but only just. Vahe Martirosyan is pulling up the rear with 30 bigs and our other three remaining finalists all have 41.

Everything is very much still to play for. –LY

3:40pm: Shegai short
Level 30 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

And just like that, Viktor Shegai is now our short stack. After losing the pot to Mikhail Kovalyuk, Shegai lost another big one to Ernest Shakaryan,

Shakaryan had 10♣7♣ and raised to 370,000 from the button that hand. Shegai looked down at 6♠3♠ from the big blind and got a bit frisky with a three-bet to 850,000. Shakaryan had 2.8 million behind and decided to call.

The flop came 9♣8♣4♥ to give Shakaryan a straight-flush draw and Shegai fired off a 900,000 bet. Shakaryan moved all-in and Shegai folded. Shegai became the short stack with 4.3 million while Shakaryan jumped to second with 5.08 million.

Things are very close though, there are just seven big blinds separating the whole table. –AV

It’s been a roller coaster day for Viktor Shegai

3:25pm: Kovalyuk takes from Shegai
Level 30 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

We’ve only just reported that Viktor Shegai is sat in the driving seat with the chip lead at our final table but he has just lost a pot to Mikhail Kovalyuk, which narrows his lead with five left.

The hand that began with Shegai holding the best hand. He opened 275,000 with 9♥9♦ under-the-gun and only Kovalyuk fancied a look at a flop, peeling J♦9♦ on the button.

The flop was K♦2♦J♥, which was monstrous for Kovalyuk, hitting top pair and a flush draw. Shegai didn’t continue and instead check-called Kovalyuk’s 300,000 bet.

On the turn, another over card came down. It was an A♣ and both players chose to play tentatively, with a check each.

The river was a 5♣ and a brick and Shegai decided that the best way to win the hand was to take the betting lead. He made it 625,000 to get to showdown and Kovalyuk didn’t take long to throw the chips in. It was the correct call and Shegai has dropped to 6.07 million, whilst Kovalyuk climbs to 4.83 million. –LY

3:15pm: Shegai keeps hitting
Level 30 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

Viktor Shegai, the self-proclaimed greatest post-flop player with a powerful fist pump, has kept chipping up. He’s also been getting cards.

In one pot he raised to 275,000 from the button with A♣J♠ and Mikhail Kovalyuk called from the big blind with Q♠10♠. The flop came down A♦K♥2♥ and Shegai bet 375,000 when checked to. Kovalyuk called and another ace, the A♥ came on the turn. Both players checked that time and a 6♠ completed the board. This time Kovalyuk took the initiative and bet 500,000.

Shegai raised to a smooth million and Kovalyuk folded. Kovalyuk dipped to 3.45 million and Shegai made it up to 6.9 million. Then he picked up A♥10♥ and took a small pot off Ernest Shakaryan on the flop to extend his lead to 7.3 million. –AV

3:05pm: Shakaryan chipping up
Level 30 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

Ernest Shakaryan has picked up a few small pots recently. He has gotten two steals through although he had ace-king both times so he may have been disappointed to only win the blinds and antes.

He also took another pot by three-bet jamming 5♠5♦ from the small blind over a button open from Mikhail Kovalyuk who folded A♥8♠.

As one of the shorter stacks at the table, every little bit helps. –LY

Ernest Shakaryan, dreaming of a big stack

2:50pm: Shegai takes the lead
Level 30 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

Now it’s Viktor Shegai who’s in the lead.

Ernest Shakaryan started that pot with a raise to 350,000 from the button. Shegai called from the big blind and a Q♠K♠4♦ flop hit the board.

Both players had a broadway straight draw, Shegai with A♦J♦ and Shakaryan with J♠10♣. Both players checked and a 10♦ came on the turn. Shegai hit the straight with a redraw to the nut flush. Shakaryan could only hope for a chopped pot.

Shegai bet 350,000 and Shakaryan called. The river brought a 6♦ and Shegai hit his flush. Shegai put on a bit of a show and thought for a while before he bet 800,000. Shakaryan then thought for a bit and folded.

The hand put Shegai in the lead with 6 million while Shakaryan dipped to 2.73 million. –AV

2:35pm: We’re back
Level 30 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

Welcome back, folks. Join our final five players as they keep playing down a champion.

2:15pm: Break

Our five remaining players are on their first 20-minute break of the day.

2:10pm: What a sweat
Level 29 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

The last hand before the break was a massive sweat for Viktor Shegai. He four-bet jammed over an open from Mikhail Kovalyuk and a three-bet by Ernest Shakaryan. Only Shakaryan called.

Shakaryan K♠K♥
Shegai K♦K♣

The flop brought out 2♠5♠3♠ and it was a horrible sweat for Shegai. Shakaryan was now free-rolling as any spade would net him the pot.

The 8♣ turn and 3♣ river were the right colour but the wrong suit and Shegai faded what would have most likely been the worst beat of the tournament. They chop the pot and Shegai can breathe again. –LY

Viktor Shegai

2:05pm: A long hand
Level 29 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

The last hand felt epic, but not in the way you might expect. Ernest Shakaryan had limped A♦J♣ blind v blind and Vahe Martirosyan raised 4♦4♣. The decision was back on Shakaryan and he jammed all-in. Martirosyan was covered and a call would put his tournament life on the line. He spent a full five minutes thinking about what to do, eventually deciding that pass was the best option.

This is the last event that players will be able to take this long when making decisions, as we will see the introduction of a shot-clock brought in for EPT Monte Carlo next month. –LY

1:55pm: Kovalyuk back up top, barely
Level 29 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

Mikhail Kovalyuk and Aresniy Karmatskiy just can’t stop getting into pots together.

Their recent tussle left Kovalyuk with the chip lead, but just barely. In their most recent clash, Karmatskiy raised to 200,000 from the button with 8♥6♣ and Kovalyuk called from the small blind with J♦J♣. Ernest Shakaryan called from the big blind with Q♠2♣ and players went to the A♥K♣K♠ flop.

Karmatskiy bet 175,000 and only Kovalyuk followed him to the turn. That card was a 9♣ and both players slowed to a check. A 5♠ completed the board and Kovalyuk bet 225,000. Karmatskiy couldn’t find a call with his 8♥6♣ and Kovalyuk won the pot.

Kovalyuk squeaked into the lead with 6.7 million while Karmatskiy is just a big blind behind with 6.6 million. –AV

1:40pm: Martyrosyan takes a stand
Level 29 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

The only non-Russian player left in the competition, Vahe Martirosyan, got the ball rolling by opening under-the-gun. Mikhail Kovalyuk and Ernest Shakaryan peeled the 200,000 bet from the blinds.

Martirosyan 2♠2♦
Kovalyuk A♦3♦
Shakaryan 5♥4♥

The flop came down K♠J♥K♣ and none of our players hit any part of it. That didn’t stop Martirosyan and Kovalyuk each doing their best to take down the pot.

Kovalyuk and Shakaryan both checked and Martirosyan continued for 175,000. This was then three-bet by Kovalyuk who made it 365,000. Martirosyan took his time to decide what to do and eventually he put in another raise. This time a four-bet to 625,000. It worked and his aggression has helped him chip up to 3.76 million. –LY

1:30pm: Sergey Kerzhakov eliminated in 6th place (5,190,000 ₽)
Level 29 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

Another one down.

Aresniy Karmatskiy had been fairly active at the final table and then he raised from under the gun again. But now he had K♥K♣. Action folded around to Sergey Kerzhakov on the button and he looked down at A♦K♦. Kerhzakov was down to about 20 big blinds and moved them all-in.

Karmatskiy snap-called and players tabled their hands. Kerzhakov was hoping for an ace, but the K♠9♥7♥Q♣7♣ brought Karmatskiy a set of kings instead. Kerzhakov was eliminated in 6th place nearly $90,000 while Karmatskiy retook the lead with 7.36 million. –AV

Sergey Kerzhakov’s final table run is done

1:15pm: Andrey Kaygorodsev out in 7th (3,648,180 ₽)
Level 29 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

It’s all over for Andrey Kaygorodsev, who busts in 7th place. He was down to his last 410,000 and moved all in from under the gun with 5♠5♦. Vahe Martirosyan called with K♣J♣ before action moved round to Arseniy Karmatskiy on the button, who found J♥J♦. He three-bet to 1.2 million and pushed out the blinds and Martirosyan.

Despite Kaygorodsev being in such bad shape, he looked relaxed as the dealer laid out the flop.


There was no help for Kaygorodsev but there were a couple of backdoor straight draw possibilities. The 2♠ saw the end of those and the 6♦ bricked for him too. Kaygoredsev hits the rail in 7th and takes home about $63,000. –LY

That’s it for the short-stacked Andrey Kaygorodsev

1:05pm: Karmatskiy and Kovalyuk at it again
Level 29 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

Aresniy Karmatskiy another big pot and the lead to Mikhail Kovalyuk. Kovalyuk started that hand off with a raise to 200,000 from under the gun and Karmatskiy defended his big blind.

The flop came down Q♣3♥9♥ and Karmatskiy checked with K♦J♣. Kovalyuk had a pair of queens with A♥Q♦ and bet 400,000. Karmatskiy decided to go for a raise and made it 1.1 million. It turned out to be a bad idea. Kovalyuk immediately moved all-in and Karmatskiy folded.

The hand left Karmatskiy with 4.67 million while Kovalyuk took over the lead with 5.73 million. –AV

Mikhail Kovalyuk, your new chip leader

12:55pm: Action from the first
Level 29 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

First hand back on Day 6 of the EPT Sochi Main Event and we are out of the blocks on the first hand.

It folded to our chip leader, Arseniy Karmatskiy on the small blind and he found A♠K♦ in the hole. He opted to shove on Mikhail Kovalyuk but Kovalyuk had 10♦10♣, a hand he deemed too good to pass and he made the call.

They were off to the races, with Kovalyuk’s pair the slight favourite.


The flop meant that Karmatskiy could hit the two tens as well as an ace or a king but the 2♠ turn took him back to six outs, with any ten giving Kovalyuk a full house.

The river was a 10♥ and it was a boat for our all-in player. He moves up to 4.1 million and Karmatskiy takes a hit, leaving him on 5.81 million. –LY

12:40pm: We’re off
Level 29 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

It’s been officially announced in English and Russian. Cards are in the air and the final day is underway. Action started back up with 50,000/100,000 blinds and a 10,000 ante.

12:00pm: One more day

Our list of potential EPT Sochi champions has been whittled down to just seven names:

Final seven at the 2018 EPT Sochi final table

Name Country Chip count
Arseniy Karmatskiy Russia 7,830,000
Viktor Shegai Russia 4,755,000
Vahe Martirosyan Armenia 3,110,000
Sergey Kerzhakov Russia 2,920,000
Ernest Shakaryan Russia 2,235,000
Mikhail Kovalyuk Russia 2,005,000
Andrey Kaygorodsev Russia 800,000

Arseniy Karmatskiy has a massive chip lead after a great day yesterday. Can he continue his run and take down the title. We’ll find out soon. Stay tuned for updates here or check out our live stream on Twitch or Youtube.


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