We did not have to wait for long to find out the winner of the 2021 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus $5,300 Main Event. The main part of the festival lasted only four hours and was dominated by Giorgiy Skhulukhiya, a poker player from Georgia. He claimed the top prize of $683,285. To achieve this result, Skhulukhiya was able to beat a field of 839 entries and Cyprus-based German poker pro Robert Heidorn during the heads-up play. But it was definitely worth it as it became Skhulukhiya biggest career win in live poker. Needless to say that this tournament featured some great paydays due to a total prize pool of $3,859,400.
The Georgian poker player is no stranger to big wins. Before his triumph in the LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus main event, Skhulukhiya was able to achieve two six-figure victories in the last two years. Skhulukhiya was able to gain this victory in a very confident manner.
The final showdown was between him and Heidorn who has started with the shortest stack at the table (just 12 blinds) but was able to come back into the game and go home with $494,810. Other rivals of Skhulukhiya featured Canada’s Harpreet Gill who entered the main event via satellites on partypoker and the Pokercode Grindhouse member Fabian Bernhaused.
On top of that, Giorgiy Skhulukhiya was able to climb up in the global rankings. For this win, he was awarded 1,824 Card Players of the Year points. Thanks to this triumph and his previous POY-qualified final tables of 2021, Skhulukhiya skyrocketed into 16th place in the Players of the Year race with a total of 2,888 points.
In this article, we will give you an overview of all the important details that happened during the 2021 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus $5,300 Main Event.
In this section, we will focus more closely on what exactly happened at the final table of the 2021 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus $5,300 Main Event.
Giorgiy Skhulukhiya decided to wear a very special t-shirt during this final table showdown. This t-shirt features a print of his daughter’s drawing that she has given to him as a gift. He wore it as he believed that it will bring good luck to him during the poker game. And indeed, this t-shirt proved to be a lucky charm.
Skhulukhiya has entered the final table of the LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus Main Event in a confident chip lead with a total of nine players remaining in the game. Hadi Khadra was the first player to be eliminated. His pocket queens were unable to beat the A J of Harpreet Gill during a preflop all-in with him taking the lead after an ace on the turn. Hadi Khadra was eliminated with $68,695 for his ninth-place finish.
After that, it was Skhulukhiya who started knocking players out. First, the Georgian poker player and his pocket kings were able to beat A K of Angelos Michael. As a result, Angelos Michael was eliminated and went home with $91,470. After that, Skhulukhiya and his K Q eliminated Halil Baybars and his pocket eights. Halil Baybars was eliminated $115,010 for his seventh-place finish.
Next, it was Majid Kamarei who was knocked out by Skhulukhiya. Kamarei went in with his A 10 against the A 6 of Skhulukhiya. The much needed six on the flop put the Georgian into the lead and Majid Kamarei was eliminated with $135,940 for his sixth-place finish.
Fabian Bernhauser was the next participant to be eliminated by Skhulukhiya. Even though Bernhauser had won an early all-in race against the Georgian, this time he was less lucky. It was Bernhauser’s pocket jacks against the K Q of Skhulukhiya. The flop brought a very needed queen and Skhulukiya gained the lead. Fabian Bernhauser went home with $168,745 for his fifth-place finisher.
Now that Giorgiy was in a considerable lead, we did not have to wait long until the next elimination. This time, it was Vytautas Semaska. Semaska three-bet-shoved his last big blinds with pocket sevens against Skhulukhiya’s K 4. The Georgian got a king on the river and Semaska was awarded $226,635 for his fourth-place finish.
With three players remaining, it was Harpreet Gill who was eliminated next. Gill went all-in with K 8 against the 10 3 of Skhulukhiya. The Georgian poker player called and got into the lead thanks to the ten on the flop. Unfortunately for Harpreet Gill, he was unable to improve his situation during the turn and the river. Harpreet Gill was awarded $307,295 for his third-place finish.
Thanks to all of these eliminations, Giorgiy Skhulukhiya has entered the heads-up play against Robert Heidorn with a 4:1 chip lead. Heidorn is a strong poker regular. His largest victory was the tenth place finish in the World Series of Poker main event in 2019 for $800,000. Even though Heidorn was able to make his situation a little bit better at the start, Skhulukiya eventually regained his total domination and continued to extend his lead with every hand. Here is how the final game played out. Robert Heidorn went all-in with Q 2. Skhulukhiya called with A 8. The board showed K 10 9 8 7, ultimately giving Skhulukhiya a pair of eights and securing his title. Robert Heidorn was awarded $494,810 for his second-place finish and Giorgiy Skhulukhiya went home with $683,285 for his first-place finish.
With this win, Giorgiy Skhulukhiya has surpassed a $2 million mark in live poker tournament earnings and is currently at the top of the all-time money list of Georgia. This $5,300 Main Event has also concluded the return of the long-awaited partypoker LIVE MILLIONS after a hiatus of almost two years. Here are the final table results: