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Anatoly Filatov Wins 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia Main Event

Russian Poker Pro Defeats Field of 916 Entries To Win $900,000 USD

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Anatoly Filatov has won the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia ₽318,000 ($5,023 USD) buy-in no-limit hold’em main event, defeating a field of 916 total entries to win the ₽60,000,000 ($900,000 USD) first-place prize. This was the largest score of the 28-year-old Russian poker pro and partypoker ambassador’s career, and it brought his lifetime live tournament earnings to more than $2.7 million.

In addition to the money and the title, Filatov also took home 1,824 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his third final-table finish of the year, and as a result of this huge win he has climbed to 58th place on the overall 2018 POY leaderboard.

Filatov came into the final day of this event in eighth chip position with 11 players remaining. Filatov survived to eight-handed action, at which point his KHeart SuitQClub Suit outran the ASpade SuitKDiamond Suit of Konstantin Uspenskii. Filatov made two pair by the river, sending Uspenskii home with $63,000 USD. He scored his next knockout with pocket kings, which held up against Mikhail Galitskiy’s AHeart SuitQSpade Suit to knock him out in seventh place with $90,000 USD.

Filatov busted Alexey Melnikov in fifth place ($180,000 USD) to move into second chip position behind Gor Kazaryan. He moved into the outright lead when he picked up pocket queens and called the all-in of Viktor Khodorenko, who had shoved with the ADiamond Suit7Club Suit. Filatov made a set on the turn to send Khodorenko to the rail in fourth place ($270,000 USD).

Kazaryan retook the lead before Filatov knocked out Andrey Malyshev in third place ($400,950 USD) to set up the final showdown. Kazaryan took 534,000,000 into heads-up, with Filatov sitting behind 378,000,000 to start. Filatov was able to battle his way into the lead by the time the final hand arose. With blinds of 6,000,000-12,000,000 and a 12,000,000 big blind ante, Kazaryan limped in from the button with the QSpade Suit9Heart Suit. Filatov raised to 27,000,000 from the big blind holding the JHeart Suit10Heart Suit and Kazaryan called. The flop brought the QClub Suit9Diamond Suit7Club Suit and Filatov checked. Kazaryan bet 35,000,000 and Filatov made the call. The KSpade Suit hit the turn and Filatov checked again. Kazaryan bet 55,000,000. Filatov moved all-in with his turned straight and Kazaryan made the call with his two pair. The river was the ASpade Suit, securing the pot and the title for Filatov. Kazaryan was awarded $585,000 USD as the second-place finisher.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Anatoly Filatov $900,000 1,824
2 Gor Kazaryan $585,000 1,520
3 Andrey Malyshev $400,950 1,216
4 Viktor Khodorenko $270,000 912
5 Alexey Melnikov $180,000 760
6 Gleb Tremzin $126,000 608
7 Mikhail Galitski $90,000 456
8 Konstantin Uspenskii $63,000 304
9 Chin Wei Lim $45,000 152

Winner photo credit: partypoker LIVE Twitter account (@partypokerlive).