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Shirshikov tames Troyanovskiy to claim PokerStars Championship Sochi Main Ev

Champion! Pavel ShirshikovThe first major PokerStars tournament to be held in Russia is over, and tonight a 30-year-old professional player from St Petersburg named Pavel Shirshikov hoisted the PokerStars Championship Sochi Main Event trophy.Shirshikov wins more than 29 million rubles--around $500,0...more

by Howard Swains on May 31, 2017 10:49 AM

PokerStars Championship Sochi: Main Event final table live updates

This is an archive of full event coverage from PokerStars Championship Sochi. Click through for a full tournament recap.NOTE: For local readers who have been using, go to to read the coverage. 9:15pm: Shirshikov ships it!Level 28 - Blinds 40,000...more

by Live reporting team on May 31, 2017 12:47 AM

PokerStars Championship Sochi: Final table player profiles

A little bit more information about our final six players. (Research by Jan Kores, Media Coordinator).Seat 1: Seyed Ghavam, 35, Tehran, IranSeyed Ghavam is an amateur player, but is involved with gambling as a career: he runs a sports book. Ghavam, who will turn 36 next week, plays most of his poker...more

by Live reporting team on May 31, 2017 12:23 AM

PokerStars Championship Sochi: Lavrentiy Ni leads last six into final table

It proved to be another speedy day in Sochi. The plan to reduce the remaining field of the PokerStars Championship Main Event from 16 to six took less than four and a half hours, and it leaves us with the prospect of an enticing finale tomorrow. Lavrentiy Ni, a 28-year-old from Almaty, Kazakhstan, i...more

by Live reporting team on May 30, 2017 1:41 AM

Another day at Sochi summit for Shirshikov, with ElkY and Moneymaker chasing

The inaugural PokerStars Championship Sochi Main Event is nearing its business end, and despite a starting field of names typed predominantly with the neglected keys of the laptop, there's still a whole lot of mainstream interest going into Day 5.With 16 players left, two absolute global superstars ...more

by Live reporting team on May 29, 2017 2:13 AM

PokerStars Championship Sochi: Pavel Shirshikov leads with 30 left in Main E

"Pay that man his money."Teddy KGB's famous quote seems fitting in the character's motherland tonight as we burst the bubble on Day 3 of the inaugural PokerStars Championship Sochi Main Event. When proceedings began at midday we were 27 players off the money and four hours later the lucky 55 remaini...more

by Live reporting team on May 28, 2017 1:07 AM

Kakhmazov leads Russian-heavy field, as ElkY and Moneymaker fly Red Spade st

Only 82 players remain in the Main Event at the inaugural PokerStars Championship Sochi. That's great news for them because the first prize today was revealed today as close to 30 million rubles--which is more than $520,000 in Uncle Sam's greenbacks.You have to say, the high chance is that the winne...more

by Live reporting team on May 27, 2017 12:00 AM

PokerStars Championship Sochi: Jason Wheeler leads Day 1 field, ElkY on to D

Our overall Day 1 chip leader, Jason WheelerThe starting flights are done and Jason Wheeler has emerged atop the onslaught with 180,800. That makes Wheeler the overall leader going into Day 2. It was a larger field to come out ahead of. Day 1B drew about 240 players and after eight 75-minute levels,...more

by Live reporting team on May 26, 2017 1:20 AM

PokerStars Championship Sochi: Andrei Shkerin leads after Main Event opening

If you're a fan of Russian poker, today was the day for you. Day 1A of the PokerStars Championship Sochi Main Event drew 132 players, with the vast majority of them hailing from the home country and nearby. They included online superstar Alexander Kostritsyn, former EPT champion Maxim Lykov and Ukra...more

by Live reporting team on May 25, 2017 12:41 AM

PokerStars Championship Sochi: ₽8.31 million awaits National Championship wi

Outside the exquisite Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana hotel and casino, there are a few things amiss. There's a large swimming pool, empty of water and people; idyllic mountains for skiing, sans snow; a festive market, vacant of tourist hustle and bustle.It makes sense, though; it's out of season h...more

by Jack Stanton on May 24, 2017 6:16 AM
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