The RUB 133,000 EPT Open Sochi Main Event is down to a six-handed final table. The remaining players navigated through an 879-entry field to come back one more time on Sunday, October 13.
There's a RUB 19,306,400 top prize — more than €270,000 — on the line along with the title and a trophy.
Giorgiy Skhulukhiya holds a substantial chip lead, having accumulated 10,700,000. Skhulukhiya is in great shape, playing more than three times as many chips as his nearest rivals.
Skhulukhiya is no stranger to making deep runs on the live tournament scene. His Hendon Mob resume features 46 cashes totalling more than $400,000. 2019 has been a breakout year for Skhulukhiya who's now fresh on the back of a career-best result (he topped a tournament in Cyprus for $225,000 last month). Skhulukhiya had also appeared on the EPT National Sochi final table back in March, finishing in seventh place.
The other remaining players are tied within 10 big blinds. Yi Ye sits in second place with 3,440,000 while Egor Sukhov, the shortest stack, bagged up 2,680,000.
The final table also boasts two female players: Lidya Kozenkova from Ukraine (2,910,000) and Russia's Natalia Panchenko (2,860,000).
Also in the mix is Abdul Mamin Abdal Ali Han with 2,780,000. Each of the remaining players is guaranteed to earn at least RUB 3,659,600 (more than €51,000).
Final table lineup:
Seat 1: Abdul Mamin Ali Han, Russia, 2,780,000
Seat 2: Lidiya Kozenkova, Ukraine, 2,910,000
Seat 3: Natalia Panchenko, Russia, 2,860,000
Seat 4: Yi Ye, China, 3,440,000
Seat 5: Giorgiy Shulukhiya, Russia, 10,700,000
Seat 6: Egor Sukhov, Russia, 2,680,000
1st - RUB 19,306,000 (approx. €272,257)
2nd - RUB 11,722,200 (€165,309)
3rd - RUB 8,269,800 (€116,622)
4th - RUB 6,202,000 (€87,461)
5th - RUB 4,889,500 (€68,952)
6th - RUB 3,659,600 (€51,608)
The final day starts on Sunday, October 13, at 12 p.m. local time. There are six minutes left to play in level 28 with the blinds at 40,000/80,000.