PokerStars Festival in Sochi is currently in full swing, providing quality entertainment for the poker enthusiasts present. The 132,000RUB Buy-in High Roller event ended and the big winner at it was Kiryl Radzivonau, who played against a field of 96 players for the throne and the trophy. For his excellent performance, he received 3,000,000 RUB (US$51,000) in prize money and the coveted my many PokerStars Festival trophy.
There was a total of 26 players returning for the final day of the High Roller and the chip leader at the very beginning was Andrey Andreev. He lost some chips soon after the start of the action and Vanush Mnatcakanian became the leading one. The money bubble burst in a curious turn of events, as Mikhail Sokolov announced “call” while Siarhei Chudapal was all in. This resulted in the eventual burst of the bubble and the rest of the players were guaranteed a sweet payday at the end of the High Roller event.
The second day of the High Roller poker tournament was also the final day for the players participating in it. Radzivonau entered it as the fifth in chip stack and he was confident of his great performance since he has had numerous wins in his live poker career. After the bubble burst, he became the unofficial leader which brought the first player to leave the final table. This was Mikhail Sokolov who was sent home by Mnatcakanian. The leadership was changing constantly and this provided for a dynamic game.
Belorussian Player Dominates the Final Table
Third place on the leaderboard was claimed by Daniil Gavrilov from Russia, who won 1,375,000 RUB (US$23,375). Since the final table was dominated by Russian players and the winner was the only player from Belarus, it is safe to say that Radzivonau outplayed the locals in order to lay his hands on the big win. Among the great poker feats of the poker players from Barueri, Belarus are many EPT final tables, while his largest live cash currently amounts to $298,485 which he won back in 2014 at the €5,000+300 #17 No-Limit Hold’em – EPT Main Event in Barcelona.
His most recent throne at the High Roller event swelled his total live earnings to the considerable $1,909,269. This recent win makes him the new Number 1 in the Belorussian poker leaderboard, thus overtaking his fellow Anton Astapau. Back at the High Roller event, the runner-up position was reserved for Oleg Lipkin from Russia, who claimed 2,091,000 RUB (US$35,547) for his deep run in the tournament.
Sochi brings him good luck since he reached the 29th position in the PokerStars Championship Sochi Main Event. The event took place earlier this year during the inaugural edition of the PokerStars Championship festival.