Phil Ivey became runner-up of the Hold'em 6+ event at MILLIONS SHR Sochi
A few days ago, the MILLIONS High Roller series kicked off at the Sochi Casino, and 5 expensive events with buy-ins ranging from $25 000 to $51 000 have already taken place as part of the series.
The Belarusian Mikita Badziakouski managed to get the victory in one of the tournaments worth $51 000 and earn $765 000 for the first place.
The next event with the same buy-in was held in Hold'em 6+ format. It collected 50 entries, so that the prize pool amounted to $2 500 000. The victory went to the poker player from Malaysia Wai Kin Yong, who received $800 000 in prize money for finishing first.
The owner of 10 WSOP bracelets, Phil Ivey, became the runner-up of the given event, having received $525 000. The third place was also taken by the WSOP bracelet holder and the EPT Monte Carlo 2018 champion Sam Greenwood.
In total, 8 poker players entered the ITM zone of the tourney. The minimal payout was given to the famous Malaysian high roller Paul Phua – his prize money was equal to $100 000.
MILLIONS High Roller Sochi: $51 000 ShortDeck results
|1||Wai Kin Yong||Malaysia||$800 000|
|2||Phil Ivey||USA||$525 000|
|3||Sam Greenwood||Canada||$350 000|
|4||Cary Katz||USA||$250 000|
|5||Aaron Van Blarcum||USA||$200 000|
|6||Mikhail Rudoy||Russia||$150 000|
|7||Seth Davies||USA||$125 000|
|8||Paul Phua||Malaysia||$100 000|
The final table was full of real poker stars: Phil Ivey, Cary Katz, Aaron Van Blarcum, Sam Greenwood and others.
Greenwood had every chance to get to the heads-up, when Ivey limped with A♥-A♦ against Sam’s K♣-8♣. The A♣-8♠-Q♣ flop on the board gave the Canadian a flush draw.
However, A♠ appeared on the turn, which brought nuts to Phil Ivey, and even J♣ on the river did not help Sam Greenwood, who finished the tournament in the third place.
Ivey started the heads-up with a huge advantage in stack, but 4 levels later, Wai Kin Yong turned the tide of the game into his favor.
In the final hand of the tournament, Phil Ivey raised with Q♣-J♦, and Yong called the opponent’s raise with J♣-10♣. The flop of Q♥-9♠-J♥ was laid on the board. Yong decided to go all-in, Ivey called the bet.
Thanks to K♠ on the turn, Yong collected the straight, and 6♥ that came on the river totally secured the Malaysian’s victory in this tournament.
Throughout his poker career, Wai Kin Yong has earned over $10 000 000 in live tournaments. His biggest prize money is $3 150 000 for winning the Main Event at the Triton Poker Super High Roller 2019 in London.