The WPT (World Poker Tour) Russia Festival had one of its stops at Casino Sochi from 21st January to 26th January and headlining the 9-tournament stop was the RUB 210,000 buy-in Main Event RUB 95,500,000 GTD. It registered 489 entries across 5 starting flights and emerging as the eventual winner was Aleksey Badulin, who defeated Vlada Stojanovic in heads-up and walked away with a prestigious WPT trophy along with the top prize of RUB 11,550,000 ($261,572). His winnings also include a $15K free seat into the season-ending Tournament of Champions.
Day 2 resumed with survivors from 5 starting flights, but late registrations remained open through the first four levels of Day 2. The field of 489 runners was put to a stop once the registration closed. Play halted on Day 2 after Vladimir Lappo busted out Andrey Osipov in 55th place.
In addition to live starting flights, players had an option to field through the online Day 1 and 2 which was hosted on partypoker. All 54 Day 2 survivors combined with 15 online survivors, made for a total of 69 players who returned to Day 3.
Top 71 places earned at least RUB 4,836 ($3,097). Some of the known ones who finished ITM on day 3 were Natalia Nikitina (20th for RUB 761,279), Nikita Bochkin (30th for RUB 358,909), Andrey Zaichenko (38th for RUB 288,107), Alexander Denisov (42nd for RUB 234,974), Dmitry Yurasov (43rd for 261571), Anatoly Zyrin (47th for RUB 261571), Denis Strebkov (48th for RUB 261571) and Alexandr Orlov (56th for RUB 261571). By the time chips were bagged, only 12 players were left in contention.
Patypoker ambassador Anatoly Filatov and Mikhail Sokolovskiy were among the first few eliminations on Day 4. The final table was created after Viktor Ustimov’s elimination.
Badulin had an early commanding lead in his heads-up match against Vlada Stojanovic and proceeded to increase the distance between him and Stojanovic.
Stojanovic had only 650,000 chips remaining, shoved with Queen of Hearts and 2 of Diamonds against Badulin’s Ace of Spades and 2 of Clubs. The Jack of Diamonds, 5 of Hearts, 7 of Diamonds, 3 of Diamonds and Jack of Clubs rundown wasn’t what Stojanovic was expecting, and immediately after, Badulin was declared the latest WPT Russia Main Event champion!
Final Table Results (RUB)
- Aleksey Badulin – RUB 16,257,500
- Vlada Stojanovic – RUB 11,550,000
- Ernest Shakaryan – RUB 8,442,490
- Vahe Martirosyan – RUB 6,370,000
- Sergey Kharlamov – RUB 4,900,000
- Roman Timergazin – RUB 3,745,000
- Egor Voitusenko – RUB 2,870,000
- Vladimir Lappo – RUB 2,240,000
- Dmitriy Ponomarev – RUB 1,785,000