Maksim Sekretarev Wins WPT Russia just 19 years of age

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At simply 19 years of age, Maksim Sekretarev has won the global world Poker Tour (WPT) Russia Main Event, becoming one of the youngest champs in the history of the Tour. Now the youngest to win the three-year-old WPT Russia, Sekretarev cashed for ₽11,996,600 ($160,694).

Sekretarev began the six-handed table that is final the chip frontrunner, keeping 3.340 million potato chips. Their competitor that is closest had 2.905 million and nobody else had more than 1.190 million. He had very little trouble for much of the final table, aside from a short time where he was the stack that is smallest whenever there have been three players staying.

knocked out all five opponents during the table that is final*)Overall, however, it was a dominant Day 4 performance by Sekretarev, who knocked out all five opponents at the final table.

Entering heads-up play against Andrey Volkov, Sekretarev held an imposing 7.800 million to 2.200 million chip lead. Oftentimes, the person trailing makes a run, sometimes even taking over the pole position for a stretch, but this was not one of these times. On just the hand that is fourth Volkov got their last 2.500 million potato chips in with T-8 suitable and had been seemed up by Sekretarev, that has K-Q. The board totally missed both players, enabling the K-Q to put up and providing Sekretarev their first tournament that is recorded.

Volkov was in good spirits afterward, thrilled to make it so far after being down to his last few chips the day that is previous. Chatting, he stated: “Before the ultimate six, i might were pleased to just ladder as much as place that is fourth so finishing second is an amazing result.”

Small class of teen champs

Sekretarev doesn’t just rank among the youngest WPT champions of all time; he is also one the greenest major tournament that is live in poker history. In this situation, we are defining “major” due to the fact World variety of Poker (WSOP), World Poker Tour, European Poker Tour (EPT), or other comparable buy-in that is high large field, prestigious events (there is some flexibility within the classification).

The youngest WPT winner is Lukas Berglund, who won WPT Barcelona in 2011 at age 18 years, ten months, and six days. Online phenom Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad is the youngest to win a WSOP title, taking the bracelet in the 2007 WSOP Europe Main Event just one day shy of her birthday that is 19th The absolute player that is youngest to win a major event of whom we are aware is Mike “Timex” McDonald, who captured EPT Dortmund in 2008 at 18 years, four months, and 23 days old.

Notice that all the above teenage records were set outside of the United States. The legal gambling age at most casinos is 21, so it would be impossible to best these marks in the US. The winner that is youngest of the traditional WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas is Joe Cada, who was crowned champ a week before his 22nd birthday. Some casinos that are tribal individuals 18 or over to gamble.

Live poker tournaments a rarity nowadays

WPT Russia is certainly one of just a couple of major poker that is live that has successfully run since the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns began nearly a year ago. That group includes the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker open at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida, the first major event to be held in the United States in the era that is pandemic. Whilst not precisely a “major,” the a WPT DeepStacks event occurred during the Venetian in Las vegas, nevada in and February.

Tournament january organizers in Europe appear to be gearing up to bring back poker that is live the season continues. EPT Sochi appears like it’s still on course to start in 2-3 weeks. The “USDO 5 Special” for the DeepStacks Open Tour is place that is taking week in Malta.

Martin “Franke” von Zweigbergk told VegasSlotsOnline News that The Festival in Tallinn (Estonia) that he is organizing should be ready to go in June with a emphasis that is significant player security. Nevertheless undecided is PokerStars, that has the $25,000 PokerStars Players Championship regarding the calendar for at Casino Barcelona.PokerGO august president Mori Eskandani also recently told the Las Vegas Review-Journal

that he is confident that PokerGO’s major live events like Poker Masters and the Super High Roller Bowl will be able to run in the half that is second of 12 months.(*)

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