Russian player Artur Martirosyan was standing tall at the end of the European Poker Tour action in Sochi this past weekend, as he won the Sochi Main Event. It was an excellent event that captivated players and audiences, with 853 players involved throughout the event.
However, the Russian was the player that able to hold on to claim the win in the $2,352 buy in event, which also marks just the sixth time that a Russian player has won an event on the European Poker Tour.
Martirosyan Outlasts Competitive Field
The Russian played exceptionally well throughout to pick up the win, which also saw his career earnings at the table exceed $1.4 million. It wasn’t all about the prize money that came with winning the event that would have been welcomed, as he also picked up 912 Player of the Year points, which will be added to his tally. The victory was claimed in the closing stages on the final table, as he managed to hold off Vladislav Naumov in a tense heads-up challenge. Naumov would have been disappointed not to get the win, as he has been in excellent form already this season, as he already sits in seventh place in the POY Points standings. However, it was all about Martirosyan in the Sochi Open, as he picked up returns of $325,370 for winning the event.
Naumov was forced to settle for the runner-up spot, but still would have been happy with the 760 POY Points that he picked up. As well as the points, he also claimed returns of $197,570. There was excellent competition for places on the final table, with all players picking up considerable cash prizes, as well as POY points.
Competitive Field Of Players
Muhtar Taysi was unable to get to the heads-up challenge to take on the final two, as he finished in third place. He picked up $139,376 and 608 points. Fanis Khafizov and Yuriy Breachalov were the next two players on the leaderboard, as they finished in fourth and fifth. Anton Smirnov was a place further back in sixth, as he picked up 304 points and $61,671. Roman Gadzhiev was the first player knocked out on the final table, but he still picked up $30,484 and 152 points. The player to finish in seventh spot on the leaderboard was Vladimir Bozinovic, and he picked up 228 points and $43,364 in prize money earnings.
The European Poker Tour event wasn’t the only ongoing event over the weekend, as there was also a big win for Vanessa Kade, who claimed success in the PokerStars Sunday Million. There was a huge field for the event, with just under 68,000 players in competition. However, Kade was the star that was able to hold on to the win, and she later described the win, as the ‘best day’ of her life. The victory saw Kade walk away with just over $1.5 million. Pawel Ladniak finished in second place at the event, while ‘PanchoVetin’ claimed third spot.