There was a huge win in the world of poker this past weekend for Russian player Anatolii Zyrin. The former WSOP Bracelet winner was in excellent form at the European Poker Tour event in Sochi as he outlasted 507 other players to run out as the winner. Therefore, he claimed $86,923 for his win. It was an excellent event at the Sochi Casino, which will continue throughout this week.
However, the event that Zyrin was successful in was the opening one of the European Tour Sochi. That event was the EPT National No-Limit Hold’em event. There was a $1,026 buy-in for players to get involved. In total, there were 508 players involved in the competition, which meant that there was a prize pool of around $440,478 in total for the players to compete for.
Another Huge Win For Zyrin
The Russian player is known far and wide in the world of poker, as he rose to fame by winning the mixed Omaha event during the World Series of Poker in 2019. That success gave him his first ever Golden Bracelet, while this win in Russia now takes his overall career earnings past the $1.5 million benchmark. In total, he claimed just over $85,000 for his success in this Sochi event, while he also picked up valuable points in the Card Player of the Year rankings.
His success ensured that he picked up 840 points, as the battle for the Player of the Year heats up. These are the first point that he has picked up in the standings this season, but due to the size of the significant victory, he is now sitting in 89th place in the standings. Vincent Wan still leads the way in those rankings, while Farid Jattin, Anton Suarez and Cary Katz round off the top four players in the rankings.
It almost seemed like a formality for Zyrin going into the final day, as he was already in contention for top spot. He entered the final day in second place as ten players competed for the highest portion of the pot. However, he finally got his nose in front during the five-hand play, before he claimed success over Almat Idrisov in the final heads up. This also marked the second year in a row that he was involved in the European Poker Sochi event.
Idrisov had to settle for a place in second, and was able to walk away with $54,545 in prize funds. Furthermore, he claimed 700 POY points. Meanwhile, Yuriy Brechalov and Sergey Kharchenko were the next two players on the list as they walked away with $39,039 and £30,440 in prize money respectively. Mikhail Zamyatin, Kirill Denisenko and Oleg Breshkov were the next three players on the list. Damir Gabdullin finished in the eighth spot and claimed just under $10,000 for his performance. Finally, Anatoliy Fionenko rounded off the top nine players in the rankings. He claimed $7,662 in prize money and 70 POY points.