It took seven days, but Aleksandr Gofman has become the second consecutive Russian to win a partypoker MILLIONS event, taking down the LIVE MILLIONS Russia Main Event this week for an even $1 million. The win nearly doubled his previous live earnings, and we’re willing to bet his girlfriend, who was taken down in 15th place, was ok conceding this one.
The seventh day started with just eight players, and short-stack Michael Sklenicka made an early move by doubling through Leonid Logunov with aces. Vadim Lipovka made a strong showing with a sizable hand against Spain’s David Laka, but he would be the first to fall when his A-Q fell predictably to the pocket aces of Sklenicka. He earned $70,000 for his efforts and play was narrowed to seven hopefuls.
Lanka and Zyrin had emerged as early chip leaders and, despite scoring an elimination, Sklenicka was unable to keep up. He jammed his pocket 10s into the A-K of Lanka; he rivered a set, but the extra ten gave Lanka the straight for the win. Next to hit the rail was Philipp Zukernik, a Czech player with a handful of first-place wins under his belt. He too got into a bad spot with Lanka when his Q-10 shrank next to pocket aces. Sixth-place earned him $150,000.
Fifth place went to Logunov, the first Russian to fall at the final table. It was with his elimination that Gofman got in on the action, pulling aces over his fellow countryman. Zyrin’s aggressive style, which had paid off earlier in the day, came back to bite him in four-handed play. His run ended when he moved all in with an A-J against the A-K raise of Laka.
Laka held the largest stack when it was down to the final three, but eventually Gofman built his stack up to dominant position. Laka scored big when his pocket fives knocked Merzhvinskiz out of the running, and heads-up play started with the remaining Russian in a 2:1 lead.
Laka was back on top for a few minutes, but a well-placed bluff gave Gofman the final hand and a $1 million pay out.
“It’s so nice to do it in my home country. I’m happy, but I don’t totally understand it yet!” he said after his win.
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