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PokerStars` premiere live stop, the European Poker Tour (EPT), recently closed out its first event of the year! The marquee series returned to Casino Sochi from March 19-28 and was the second major series to be held at the venue this month. Casino Sochi hosted the World Poker Tour (WPT) Russia earlier this month, with Maksim Sekretarev championing the Main Event for approx. $160,694.
23-year-old Russian pro Artur Martirosian (cover image) came out on top in the headline event at the stop, the ₽175,000 ($2,311) EPT Sochi Main Event to bag a whopping ₽24,633,000 (~$325,316) and his first EPT title. After the win, Martirosian told EPT reporters, “I have always wanted to win the EPT title,” and added, “The trophy has such a cool design – it was one of the reasons why I did not think of cutting a deal.”
According to Hendon Mob, this happens to be the online crusher’s third live tournament title and his fifth-best live score. He currently boasts an impressive $1,165,917 in live tournament winnings.
Last year, Ruslan Bogdanov had bagged the EPT Sochi Main Event title for ₽15.98 Million (~$212,914) after outlasting a field of 637 entries. He had chopped the title heads-up with Viktor Tkachenko.
The 2021 EPT Sochi Main Event logged in 852 entries across three starting flights to generate a prize pool worth ₽131,899,810. The playing field mainly comprised of Russian players, and out of the 127 places that were paid, 106 were Russians. However, there were two foreigners on the eight-max final table – Turkey’s Mukhtar Taysi and Serbia’s Vladimir Bozinovic. Bozinovic fell out in seventh-place for ₽3,283,000 (~$43,356) and Taysi placed third for ₽10,551,800 (~$139,352).
In the heads-up showdown, Martirosian came up against fellow countryman Vladislav Naumov, guaranteeing that the EPT Main Event title would stay on home soil for a sixth consecutive time.
For Naumov, this was his second consecutive finish in the EPT Main Event. He placed sixth in the EPT Sochi Main Event in October last year for ₽3,929,100 ($50,267). However, Naumov missed his chance at the title for the second time with his ace-six falling short against Martirosian’s ace-nine, banking ₽14,957,600 ($197,537) for his runner-up finish.
Final Table Results (RUB) (~USD)
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