Sergey Verkhoturov Leads after partypoker MILLIONS Russia $5,300 Main Event Day 2

The partypoker MILLIONS Russia $5,300 Main Event completed its Day 2 of play last night. Attracting a field of 999 entries, the live tournament turned into the largest one to have ever taken place on Russian soil.

The event is currently being held at the recently opened Sochi Casino and Resort in Russia’s Krasnodarskiy Kray. The gambling venue was host to the PokerStars Festival Sochi earlier this year. Given the fact that two major live festivals have already taken place at the new casino, it seems that it may become a favorite destination for quality poker action.

The partypoker MILLIONS $5,300 Main Event attracted both poker regulars and enthusiasts from around Russia and the rest of the world to generate its record-breaking 999-person field. The tournament was originally promoted as one featuring a guaranteed prize pool of $5 million. A single player was needed to make the guarantee, but partypoker decided against breaking its rules and allowing entry into the event after registration was closed.

The money will be split among the top 161 finishers. As for the winner, they will not only claim the title of the champion of Russia’s biggest live poker event, but will also collect the attractive amount of $1.1 million.

Following Day 2’s closure, there are still 231 players left in contention, which means that the bubble is yet to burst. This is going to happen later today, when the remaining survivors are slated to return for Day 3 action.

Day 2 of the Main Event and Its Chip Leader

Sergey Verkhoturov, a player from Belarus, is leading the pack of hopefuls into Day 3. The player bagged and tagged 11.05 million last night. He is closely followed by his fellow countryman Yury Masliankou with 10.905 million. Masliankou climbed into second position after winning a huge 5-million-plus pot shortly before organizers called it a day on Monday night. UK’s Gary Banks scooped the third largest stack for the day, bagging 10.45 million.

The Day 2 chip leader, Verkhoturov, seems to have been playing poker for quite a while. However, his HendonMob profile shows that he has cashed in just four live tournaments so far, with his first in-the-money finish dating back to September 2015. His live tournament earnings currently amount to $5,624, but if the player survives well into the money of the ongoing Main Event, he can boost his poker bankroll significantly.

Day 3 play is set to begin today at noon local time at the host venue. Players will resume action from Level 14, of which they have a little more than 10 minutes left. Blinds are at 30,000/60,000 and the average chip stack stands at 4,324,675. As mentioned above, the remaining survivors are expected to burst the bubble in the first few levels of Day 3 action. The tournament is set to run through September 14, when the final table will be played.

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