Artur Martirosyan has won the 2021 PokerStars European Poker Tour Sochi 175,000 RUB ($2,352 USD) buy-in no-limit hold’em main event. The 23-year-old Russian poker pro overcame a field of 852 total entries to secure his first EPT main event title and the top prize of 24,633,000 RUB ($325,370 USD). This victory increased Martirosyan’s recorded tournament earnings to just shy of $1.5 million. He is just the sixth player from Russia to win an EPT main event.
“I have always wanted to win the EPT title,” Martirosyan told EPT reporters after coming out on top. “The trophy has such a cool design – it was one of the reasons why I did not think of cutting a deal.”
This was Martirosyan’s second title of the year, with both wins taking place at the same venue: Casino Sochi. Just over a month ago, Martirosyan won a 57,750 RUB ($762 USD) buy-in no-limit hold’em event during the 2021 WPT Russia festival to earn $41,417 USD and 228 POY points.
Martirosyan defeated Vladislav Naumov heads-up for the title, with his A-9 holding against Naumov’s A-6 in a preflop confrontation to lock up the victory. This was the second straight final-table finish in the EPT Sochi main event for Naumov, who had finished sixth in 2020 for $52,336 USD.