The next stop on the Russian Poker Tour concluded yesterday at the Shangri-La Casino in Tsakhkadzor, Armenia. For $33,000, Alexander Mityaev of Russia took first place in the main competition. This article covers the major outcomes of the event.
Newly crowned ME RPT Armenia champion, Alexander Mityaev
The RPT Armenia stop in Tsakhkadzor in July 2022 was the most attended of the six stops in the series. The number of entrants in the Main Event is a leading indication.
During July 15-18, 409 players participated in the Main Event of the Russian Poker Tour Armenia at the Shangri-La Casino, generating a total prize pool of $129,228. There are 47 players at the ITM this year.
Russian player Alexander Mityaev won the competition and $33,000, setting a new world record in the process.
Of course, the satellites played in BetConstruct’s virtual rooms contributed to the series’s overall success. As prior years, there were almost no overlays, and the organizers even held extra qualification events.
Let us remind you that the RPT Armenia Main Event only had 319 entrants last autumn.
Championship Round of the RPT in Armenia
In addition to locals from Russia and Armenia, one international visitor, Juan Garcia of Spain, made it into the Top 9 of the Main Event. But, his opponents were unfriendly, and the Spaniard was knocked out early.
After starting the game with a little stack, Mityaev soon moved up the leaderboard. First, he eliminated Arsen Kazachian from the hand with the 44-KJ and more than half of his chips by grabbing a set against a top pair on the flip. Later, with a preflop showing of JJ-77, he eliminated a local player from the competition.
The Russian eliminated three more opponents to reach heads-up play, and he entered the last hand against Evgeny Korchagin with a stack lead of almost three times its original size.
Just one hand was played in the one-on-one match. Mityaev made a hand before the flip, and his opponent, who had KQ, folded.
What remains of the competition.
The other series highlights were likewise unprecedented:
The DDX Championship, a new addition to the event, attracted 114 competitors. First Prize and $8,000 went to Khachik Grigoryan of Armenia.
The city of Minsk, Belarus, is expected to host the next Russian Poker Tour series this coming fall.
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