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  1. Heading into the European Poker Tour Sochi Main Event, Arseniy Karmatskiy hadn't picked up a single live cash in 2018. He had $350,000 in lifetime earnings over the previous four years but had struggled through the early months of this year. That all changed on Thursday night in Sochi as the Russian took down the European Poker Tour Sochi Main Event for a little more than $475,000 and a Platinum Pass which will put him into the 2019 PokerStars Players Championship event next January. "It's a very nice prize. I've never played a $25,000 tournament. I'm very excited to go to The Bahamas, I would like to see the ocean and palms. And I'm looking forward to playing with the top professionals," Karmatskiy said about the Platinum Pass. "I even thought about the Pass more than about the money prize." Karmatskiy started the final day with the chip lead and went on to eliminate each of the other six players on his way to the title, the fourth of his career and first since he took down the German Poker Championship last August in Rozvadov. It was only 30 minutes after seven-handed play started on Thursday. Andrey Kaygorodsev moved all in for 410,000 from UTG, Vahe Martirosyan called but Karmatskiy re-raised to 1,200,000 from the button to force Martirosyan to fold. Kaygorodsev showed [poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"] but got bad news when Karmatskiy showed [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"]. The board ran out [poker card="tc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2s"][poker card="6d"] to give Karmatskiy the pot and eliminate Kaygorodsev in seventh. Karmatskiy found another victim just 15 minutes later. He raised from UTG to 225,000 and action folded to Sergey Kerzhakov on the button and he moved all in for 2,020,000 and Karmatskiy called instantly and showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] while Kerzhakov showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7h"] flop left Kerzhakov drawing ridiculously thin. The [poker card="qc"] turn ended all of that and the meaningless river was the [poker card="7c"]. It took almost 2.5 hours before the next player was sent packing, but yet again it was Karmatskiy standing tall. Martirosyan raised to 250,000 from the cutoff, Karmatskiy re-raised to 875,000 from the small blind before Mikhail Kovalyuk cold four-bet to 1,600,000 from the big blind. Martirosyan folded but Karmatskiy moved all in and Kovalyuk called instantly and showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"] while Karmatskiy turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4h"] flop changed everything though, moving Karmatskiy into the lead but giving Kovalyuk a nut flush draw. The turn was the [poker card="9s"] and the river was the [poker card="9d"] to give Karmatskiy the biggest pot of the tournament and the chip lead while Kovalyuk was eliminated in fifth place. During three nearly three hours of four-handed play, Karmatskiy briefly relinquished the chip lead before doubling up through Shegai in 14,000,000 chip pot. That massive stack came in handy as Karmatskiy continued to be the reason other players were leaving the final table early. Karmatskiy moved all in for 15,150,000 from UTG and Martirosyan called from the small blind and Shegai folded the big blind. Karmatskiy smiled and turned over [poker card="6s"][poker card="3s"] while Martirosyan showed [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Karmatskiy a flush draw. The [poker card="2s"] turn filled that draw and all Martirosyan could do as the [poker card="7s"] fell on the river was shake hands and exit in fourth. Despite being left on fumes after the 14,000,0000 chip pot with Karmatskiy, Shegai kept fighting and picked up a much-needed double up three-handed before watching Karmatskiy and Ernest Shakaryan get into a confrontation that sent the tournament to heads up play. Karmatskiy moved all in from the button and Shakaryan called from the small blind. Karmatskiy held [poker card="ah"][poker card="6c"] which put him behind Shakaryan's [poker card="ad"][poker card="7s"]. The [poker card="6s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2c"] flop put Karmatskiy ahead and he stayed there after the [poker card="tc"] turn and [poker card="2h"] river to eliminate Shakaryan in third. Heads-up play began with Karmatskiy holding a nearly 5-1 chip lead. Shegai refused to let that deter him though, chipping away at that lead. In the end though, Karmatskiy refused to give up the lead and picked up his sixth elimination of the day after two hours of heads up action. Karmatskiy moved all in for 21,080,000 and Shegai called all in and turned over [poker card="jc"][poker card="8c"]. Karmatskiy was ahead with [poker card="qs"][poker card="td"] and stayed there after the [poker card="tc"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6h"] runout. Final Table Payouts Arseniy Karmatskiy - $475,835.64 Viktor Shegai - $288,753.69 Ernest Shakaryan - $203,801.52 Vahe Martirosyan - $152,851.14 Mikhail Kovalyuk - $120,733.32 Sergey Kerzhakov - $90,507.09 Andrey Kaygorodsev - $63,619.68 Mikhail Plakkhin - $44,991.96
  2. The World Poker Tour just completed its Season XVIII trip to Casino Sochi in Russia, with Aleksey Badulin winning the WPT Russia title for $261,571. Badulin topped a field of 489 entries to become the newest member of the WPT Champions Club and he’s earned a $15,000 entry into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions. WPT Russia Final Table Results Aleksey Badulin - $261,571 Vlada Stojanovic - $185,831 Ernest Shakaryan - $135,833 Vahe Martirosyan - $102,488 Sergey Kharlamov - $78,837 Roman Timergazin - $60,254 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The final day of the event began with 12 players remaining, including one of Russia’s top tournament players, Anatoly Filatov. After the elimination of Mikhail Sokolovskiy in 12th place, Filatov was next out the door in 11th. He was done in by Roman Timergazin. Badulin started the final day in fifth chip position and quickly got to work building his stack. Early on the final day, he added about a million in chips to the 1.79 million he started with, and it was a nice cushion to have when Vahe Martirosyan double through him. When the tournament was down to nine players, Badulin was sixth in chips, and then when they got down to six players, he sunk to the bottom of the leaderboard. Vlada Stojanovic was the player to extend a big lead during six-handed play, but it was Ernest Shakaryan and Badulin scoring the first two knockouts at the official WPT final table. After Shakaryan busted Timergazin in sixth place, Badulin took out Sergey Kharlamov in fifth. Against Kharlamov, Badulin held the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8s"] against the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Js"] and the money went in preflop. Badulin spiked an ace on the flop and held from there to score the elimination. With four players left, Badulin scored a pivotal double up against Martirosyan. Badulin had limped in from the small blind with the blinds at 100,000-150,000 with a 150,000 big blind ante, and Martirosyan shoved all in from the big blind. He had Badulin covered and Badulin quickly called with the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kc"]. Martirosyan had the [poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"]. The kings held for Badulin and he improved his stack to 4.3 million. Martirosyan would then bust in fourth before it was Badulin picking up pocket kings to knock out Shakaryan in third place. Once again, Badulin was in a very good spot, as his [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kh"] was up against the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qd"] for Shakaryan. The kings held and Badulin soared to more than 10 million in chips. Badulin took the heads-up chip lead against Stojanovic very early in the match and then worked to extend the lead from there. As was the theme of this WPT Russia final table, Badulin picked up kings again and won a big pot off Stojanovic to further extend his lead. Shortly after that, it was all over. On the final hand, Badulin’s [poker card="As"][poker card="2c"] held against Stojanovic’s [poker card="Qh"][poker card="2d"]. WPT Player of the Year Update Winning WPT Russia earned Badulin 1,000 points in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race for Season XVIII, but he’s still a ways away from the top of the leaderboard, sitting in 22nd place. The player leading is Brian Altman, who recently won the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open. Altman is the leader with 2,100 points. Winning WPT Lucky Hearts gave 1,200 points in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race. He also picked up 200 points for a third-place finish in WPT Maryland at Live! Casino and 200 points for a 10th-place finish in the WPT Legends of Poker. Altman’s lead is a rather healthy one, as he’s 700 points ahead of Alex Foxen and Toby Joyce, who sit in second and third places, respectively, with 1,400 points each. Foxen holds the tiebreaker of money won over Joyce. Brian Altman - 2,100 points Alex Foxen - 1,400 points Toby Joyce - 1,400 points Donald Maloney - 1,350 points Geoffrey Hum - 1,300 points Aaron Van Blarcum - 1,275 points Milen Stefanov - 1,200 points Kevin Albers - 1,200 points Simon Brandstrom - 1,200 points Peter Neff - 1,150 points WPT Borgata Running Now The Season XVIII WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open is next up for the World Poker Tour in Season XVIII. In fact, it’s running now, January 26-30, at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The $3,500 buy-in event has a prize pool guarantee of $3 million and the final table will be filmed for television. The official WPT final table of six will be set on January 30 and then those final six players will be on hiatus until April 1 when they’ll play for the title at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas.
  3. Las Vegas poker pro Jeffrey Dobrin’s persistence has paid off. After weeks of grinding the 2020 World Series of Poker, he not only made his first final table but ended up winning Event #80 ($600 Six-Max People’s Choice Event - Pros Vote) for $189,666 and his first career gold bracelet. One look at Dobrin’s Hendon Mob profile will tell you that he’s been on the WSOP grind all summer long. Prior to his gold bracelet run, Dobrin, a two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner, racked up fifteen total 2020 WSOP results both on WSOP.com and GGPoker. Although he had been cashing regularly, all of the results only accounted for just under $25,000 in earnings, an average of roughly $1,600 per event. While Dobrin hadn’t really even been close to making the big money this summer (his deepest result was a 31st place finish), when it counted he made all the right moves to capture what is one of the biggest cashes of his career. The action of the final table kicked off with one of poker’s most notable names hitting the rail in short order. After making an incorrect hero call just minutes before, six-time WSOP bracelet winner Chris Ferguson shipped his short stack in from the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="2h"] only to run into the [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"] of Joao Santos in the small blind. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="qh"][poker card="6h"][poker card="js"][poker card="qc"] board ran out clean for Joao’s pocket aces and the former Full Tilt Pro hit the rail in ninth place for $14,404. Nearly thirty minutes later, Japan’s Hiroki Morishita, with less than five big blinds left in his stack, moved in from the small blind with [poker card="8h"][poker card="6s"]. He was called by Marc MacDonnell in the big blind holding [poker card="qs"][poker card="7h"]. The [poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2d"] brought Morishita some additional straight outs which he smashed on the [poker card="3s"] turn. However, the river brought the [poker card="6h"] giving MacDonnell a higher straight and eliminating Morishita in eighth place for $20,034. Next, it was Arvhin Malinab’s turn to ship from the small blind as he moved his short stack all in with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"] and was called by Sergio Veloso in the big blind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="js"][poker card="8h"] flop kept Malinab ahead but gave Veloso some additional backdoor outs. The [poker card="ts"] turn helped Veloso by opening up both flush and open-ended straight outs. The [poker card="qd"] completed the backdoor possibilities bringing Veloso the straight and sending Malinab and his pocket sixes out the door in seventh for $27,863. Even with the knockout, Veloso was still one of the short stacks. He found his spot to pick up chips when, after a Vahe Martirosyan open, Dobrin three-bet shipped on the button holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"] which allowed Veloso to move all in for less with the [poker card="th"][poker card="tc"]. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="7d"][66] giving Dobrin top pair and leaving Veloso looking for help. The [poker card="kd"] hit the turn and the [poker card="jd"] fell on the river sending Veloso out in sixth place for $38,752. Minutes later MacDonnell moved his eight big blind stack all in from under the gun holding [poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"]. It folded around to Joao Santos in the big blind who snap-called with his [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"]. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="js"][poker card="9s"] giving Joao a set and leaving MacDonnell looking for a gutshot straight or some backdoor help. All of that was put to rest though when the [poker card="jh"] hit the turn, giving Joao quads and leaving MacDonnell drawing dead to the [poker card="2c"] river. MacDonnell finished in fifth place for $53,897. Santos’ stack slipped for the better part of thirty minutes when he found himself all in and at risk. Idris Ambraisse shipped roughly fourteen big blinds from the button holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="js"] and Santos decided to make the call for less with his [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"]. The board ran out [poker card="6d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="8d"] giving the hand to Ambraisse’s ace-high and sending Santos out in fourth place for $74,960. It was anyone’s tournament at three-handed with stack sizes all running close together. Eventually, after a big hand that left Martiosyan short, he moved all in from the button holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"] and was called by Dobrin in the big blind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4d"] flop put Martiosyan in bad shape, looking for runner-runner outs. The [poker card="4h"] turn was not one of them, leaving Martiosyan drawing dead before the [poker card="3s"] hit the river. Martiosyan settled for third place and $104,255. Ambraisse held a slight chip lead over Dobrin at the start of heads-up play, however a few key hands turned the tide in Dobrin’s favor. Ambraisse found a late-game double but on the very next hand, Dobrin was able to close it out when both players woke up with premium heads up hands. Ambraisse called on the button with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] and Dobrin raised holding [poker card="kd"][poker card="kc"]. Ambraisse shipped and Dobrin snap-called with the chip lead. The [poker card="8d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="5d"] board gave the hand and the bracelet to Dobrin. Ambraisse ended up as the runner up and walked away with $144,998. Jeffrey Dobrin earned the $189,666 first-place prize, a $12,000 package to participate in the World Series of Europe, and his first career gold bracelet. Final Table Payouts Jeffrey Dobrin - $189,666 Idris Ambraisse - $144,998 Vahe Martirosyan - $104,255 Joao Santos - $74,960 Marc MacDonnell - $53,897 Sergio Veloso - $38,752 Arvhin Malinab - $27,863 Hiroki Morishita - $20,034 Chris Ferguson - $14,404

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