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Blinds 5,000-40,000-80,000.

8.33pm:Maxim Lykov is the EPT6 Kyiv champion, earning €330,000
After a relatively short heads-up battle we have crowned our inaugural winner of the EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship. The action started with a raise from Lykov which Dovzhenko called to see a 4♠J♦7♠ flop. Both players checked before Dovzhenko bet 400,000 on the 4♣ turn. Lykov treated this with a raise up to 1,000,000 then Dovzhenko moved all in and received an instant call from Lykov. Lykov tabled 4-10 for trip fours and Dovzhenko tabled J-9 for two-pair. The river came A♦ and a champion is crowned.

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8.26pm: It’s all over
Lykov is our EPT Kyiv champion. Details coming right up.

8.22pm: Pre flop action
Dovzhenko raised to 240,000 but folded to Lykov’s 580,000 three-bet.

8.15pm: Big betting
With the flop showing J♦5♠K♠ and 480,000 in the middle, Lykov made it 250,000 which Dovzhenko called. The turn came 7♣ which Lykov checked before Dovzhenko made a pot winning bet of 500,000.

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8.12pm: Checking
On a flop of J♣5♠J♠ Lykov checked before Dovzhenko made it 225,000. Lykov called. An A♦ on the turn, checked by both. A Q♥ on the river, checked by both. Dovzhenko showed an ace, beating Lykov’s queen.

8.08pm: All in call
Hold on though. After Dovzhenko limped to see the 2♦2♥8♠ flop there was no betting on the J♦ turn but after the 8♥ on the river Lykov bet, was re-raised all-in by Dovzhenko then snap called by Lykov. Dovzhenko showed eight-three, Lykov eight-queen for an anti-climactic split pot.

8pm: Second flop of heads up
Lykov puts in 220,000 which Dovzhenko calls for a K♦K♣9♣ flop. Both check and do the same after the A♦ turn. After the 5♣ river, Dovzhenko bet 350,000 which Lykov called. But Dovzhenko showed A♣3♣ for the flush.

7.50pm: Vitaly Tolokonnikov, Russia, eliminated in 3rd, earning €140,000
Tolokonnikov made it 210,000 pre-flop which Lykov raised to 550,000 before Tolokonnikov moved all-in. Lykov called showing A♦J♣ while Tolokonnikov turned over 7♦7♥ for another classic race. The flop kept the tension flowing: 3♣Q♠5♥. Tolokonnikov was ahead until the A♥ hit the turn. Now Tolokonnikov needed a seven on the river but got a 8♦ instead. Within minutes of the restart we’re heads up in Kyiv.

7.35pm: Last level, or five more hours?
The three players have retaken their seats after dinner and are mighty close to that €330,000 first prize. With the stacks pretty even — just a big blind between first and second, for example — it’s anyone’s game, meaning there could still be a good deal of play in this tournament yet. Here are the stacks:

Alexander Dovzhenko – 3,110,000
Vitaly Tolokonnikov – 3,050,000
Maxim Lykov – 2,755,000

And here’s what they look like:

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From left to right, Maxim Lykov, Alexander Dovzhenko, Vitaly Tolokonnikov

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