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The $2,200 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus Warm-Up event has reached Day 3, and there is a familiar name at the top of the chip counts. Russian superstar Artur Martirosian ended Day 2 armed with 3,226,000 chips, more than any of the other 93 players safely through to the third day’s action.

partypoker LIVE MILLONS North Cyprus Warm-Up Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1 Artur Martirosian Russia 3,226,000
2 Viktor Ustimov Russia 2,400,000
3 Muharrem Atsiz Turkey 2,370,000
4 Georgios Tsouloftas Cyprus 1,852,000
5 Kush Vinod Kataria UAE 1,787,000
6 Jim Sue Pan Netherlands 1,615,000
7 Basel Khabbezeh UAE 1,480,000
8 Karolis Sereika Lithuania 1,450,000
9 Karolis Ciudaras Lithuania 1,439,000
10 Piotr Sowinski Poland 1,320,000

Some 745 players bought in across the starting flights, which created a $1,370,800 prize pool that the top 89 finishers will share. Whoever becomes the MILLIONS North Cyprus Warm-Up champion walks away with $240,265, and Martirosian is the man in pole position right now.

Martirosian has happy memories of the five-star all-inclusive Merit Crystal Cove Hotel & Spa because he won a $100,000 Super High Roller event a couple of weeks ago. The Russian padded his ample bankroll with a career-best $1,400,000.

The Russian soared into the chip lead during the 6,000/12,000/120,000a level. Milad Oghabian four-bet to 240,000 preflop, and Martirosian called. Martirosian bet 100,000 on a ten-high flop, and Oghabian called. Oghabian moved all in on the turn with , holding a gutshot straight draw and the nut flush draw. Martirosian called with for two pair, which held.

Martirosian is not the only big name among the 94 players through to Day 3. His fellow Russian Viktor Ustimov has 2,400,000 chips while Day 1A chip leader Muharrem Atsiz progressed with 2,370,000 chips.

Flamboyant Frenchman Johan Guilbert (1,068,000), Ionel Anton (916,000), WSOP bracelet winner Kacper Pyzara (680,000), Walid Bou Habib (650,000), Nicolas Chouity (625,000), and Dmitry Gromov (239,000) are just a handful of names to look out for on Day 3.

The Day 3 plan is to first burst the money bubble before whittling the field down to the official nine-handed final table. Will Martirosian be at that final table? Tune into the partypoker blog on September 20 to find out.

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