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Russia’s Arsenii Karmatckii Ships $2,200 Warm Up at Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party ($310,000)

Arsenii Karmatckii
  • Naman Sharma September 1, 2022
  • 5 Minutes Read

Russia’s Arsenii Karmatckii (cover image) is one of the latest winners at the 2022 Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party (MPP). The Russian poker pro made his way past a vast 1,046-entry field in the $2,200 Warm Up to win his maiden title in North Cyprus, banking $310,000 up top. Serbia’s Milos Skrbic took second place for $190,000.

According to the Hendon Mob, Karmatckii stands 29th on Russia’s all-time money list, with $2,377,718 in total live earnings. The 2018 EPT Sochi Main Event champion has several breakout performances to his name, including a fifth-place finish in The Wynn Summer Classic $3,500 NLHE Championship ($165,791) earlier this year. He has also championed 2021 Sochi Poker Festival ₽115,500 High Roller ($54,645) and 2020 Sochi Poker Festival ₽140,000 High Roller 8 Max ($52,350).

When asked about the final table action in the post-tournament interview, Karmatckii replied, “Actually, it was a lot of guys I know; the series is very popular among Russian players because of travel, logistical reasons, and so on. But it was funny how short the final table was.”

“You don’t play a lot of hands post flop, so it’s just push or fold, racing, with not a lot of decisions,” he added.

He also said, “It’s the first time I’ve come here. It’s really good [here], the food, all the dishes. It’s like the Bahamas but in Europe,” and that he plans on revisiting North Cyprus in November.

Runner-up Milos Skrbic was a tough heads-up contender for Karmatckii. He is ranked #2 on Serbia’s All-Time Money List with $2,860,572 in total live earnings. He is known for his 2019 WSOP Main Event final table appearance, where he finished ninth. His best live score of $1,087,603 came back in 2018 when he finished runner-up in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event.

The 2022 Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party (MPP) kicked off on August 19 at the Merit Royal in North Cyprus. Belarus’ Vadzim Godzdanker shipped the series-opener for $150,000, running past a 900-strong field in the three-day long $1,100 MPP Open. Italy’s Alessio Isaia came second for $94,000.

Vadzim Godzdanker
Vadzim Godzdanker


The MPP also saw Dusk Till Dawn cardroom owner Rob Yong collecting his maiden live title in The One Drop for $87,000, where he defeated the 2022 WSOP Main Event champion Espen Jorstad (2nd for $52,600) heads-up.


Event Recap

The $2,200 Warm Up event saw a healthy 1,046 player turnout (Day 1A – 182; Day 1B – 258; Day 1C – 409; Day 1D – 199), generating a $1,924,640 prize pool. Only 177 runners advanced to Day 2.

The Day 2 play resumed at Level 17 and took 16 levels of intense play for the field to whittle down to nine players, all of whom carried stacks to Day 3.

Among the notables who crossed the money line were WSOP bracelet winners Dmitry Yurasov (5th for $60,000), Arnaud Enselme (20th for $12,000), Boris Kolev (74th for $6,500), Day 1C chip leader Ferenc Deak (44th for $8,000), Gabi Livshitz (86th for $6,000) and Day 1D chip leader Amarbayasgalan Sainjargal (89th for $6,000).


Final Day Chip Counts

  1. Artur Martirosian – 6,700,000
  2. Aleksandr Pak – 7,450,000
  3. Arsenii Karmatckii – 8,125,000
  4. Pavel Plesuv – 2,975,000
  5. Dmitry Vitkind – 5,100,000
  6. Milos Skrbic – 3,750,000
  7. Aleksandr Kinzhalov – 3,550,000
  8. Sergey Baranski – 9,125,000
  9. Dmitry Yurasov – 5,550,000


Pavel Plesuv was the first elimination on Day 3. He walked out in ninth place for $21,000, setting up the eight-handed final table.


Final Table Recap

Aleksandr Kinzhalov was the first final table casualty. He was eliminated during Level 35, finishing eighth for $25,000.

Before Milos Skrbic and Arsenii Karmatckii faced off heads-up, they took turns clearing out the rest of the competition. Skrbic eliminated Dmitry Yurasov (5th for $60,000) and Aleksandr Pak (3rd for $125,640), while Arsenii Karmatckii knocked out Artur Martirosian (4th for $85,000).

The heads-up match began with Arsenii Karmatckii (29,425,000) holding a slight edge over Milos Skrbic (22,925,000).

Arsenii Karmatckii and Milos Skrbic
Arsenii Karmatckii and Milos Skrbic


In the first-hand of the duel, Skrbic risked everything on a bluff. Skrbic was the first to act, and he raised it to 1.2 Million with , and Karmatckii called with . The flop came and Skrbic c-bet for 600,000 and Karmatckii check-called. The turn was , and Karmatckii checked once more. The Serbian fired a bet of 4 Million, but Karmatckii was going nowhere. The on the river bricked for Skrbic, as he missed his straight and flush draws and didn’t pair his ace. After Karamatckii checked, Skrbic played a time extension card, thinking for a minute before announcing he was all in for 19.62 Million, and the Russian let his hand go.

Milos Skrbic
Milos Skrbic


After that, the chip lead changed hands multiple times before ending in Karmatckii’s favor.

On the final hand, Karmatckii moved all in from the small blind, putting Skrbic at risk. Skrbic was out of time bank cards and deliberated for the allocated 30 seconds before making the call.

Milos Skrbic

Arsenii Karmatckii

The community cards opened , declaring Karmatckii the champion who took down the hand with the pair of aces.

Arsenii Karmatckii
Arsenii Karmatckii


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Arsenii Karmatckii – $310,000
  2. Milos Skrbic – $190,000
  3. Aleksandr Pak – $125,640
  4. Artur Martirosian – $85,000
  5. Dmitry Yurasov – $60,000
  6. Dmitry Vitkind – $45,000
  7. Sergey Baranski – $35,000
  8. Aleksandr Kinzhalov – $25,000

Content & Images Courtesy: PokerNews

Cover Image Courtesy: Tomas Stacha

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