Russian superstar Artur Martirosian has been one of the world’s most in-form players for the best part of a year, racking up final tables like there are going out of fashion. He not only reached a pair of final tables in the High Roller Club events on June 30, he took one of those events down.
High Roller Club: Main Event – $200K Gtd
The $200,000 guaranteed Main Event drew in 40 players, each paying $5,200 for the privilege of competing against some of the best poker tournament players the game has ever seen.
One of those superstars, Niklas Astedt, is regarded as the best online poker tournament player but he was the bubble boy in this particular event. Astedt came unstuck in sixth-place during the 60,000/120,000/15,000a level. He jammed from the small blind for 1,259,107 with and Martirosian called in the big blind with . A final board reading busted Asted and burst the bubble.
Jans Arends was the first recipient of some prize money, fifth-place yielding a $12,500 score. The action folded to Martirosian in the small blind and he set Arends all-in for his last five big blinds. Arends called with and was ahead of the Russian’s until a five lands on the flop of the board.
Fourth-place and $20,000 went to Timothy Adams, who is no stranger to major final tables. Adams was the chip leader at one point four-handed but made a big misstep in a hand against Martirosian to cut him down to the short stack. Adams fell when his last 12 big blinds went into the middle from the button with and Rob Yong called in the big blind with . The flop improved Yong to top pair but Adams still had outs. The turn nor the river helped Adams and the players gained a little more elbow room at the final table.
Heads-up was set when Joao Vieira busted in third place. Vieira min-raised on the button with and Martirosian called in the big blind with . A flop saw Martirosian check and Vieira check behind. Both players improved to a straight when the landed on the turn, and both now had a flush draw to go with their made hand. Martirosian bet 1,470,000 into 1,462,500 and Vieira called. Martirosian hit a flush on the river with the and he set his opponent all-in. Vieira called with his expensive second-best hand and heads-up was set.
Martirosian went into heads-up with a 23,634,788 to 16,365,212 chip advantage over Dusk Till Dawn supremo Yong. Yong never managed to claw his way back into things and he busted in second-place during the 200,000/400,000/50,000a level. Martirosian limped with before calling Yong’s 5,659,009 jam with . The hot-running Russian flopped a six on the board to send Yong home in second-place with $53,000 in his back pocket.
High Roller Club Leaderboard Top 10 (June 30, 2020)
Before Tuesday’s events, Alex Foxen led the race for the $30,000 top prize in the High Roller Club leaderboard. His narrow lead of only 10-points ahead of Rok Gostisa needs protecting because Gostisa seems to play almost every event. No more days off for Mr Foxen if he wants a free $30,000!
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