PokerStars Championship Sochi: Pavel Shirshikov Leads Final Sixteen (Day 5)

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Welcome back to Sochi, long the river between spectacular woodland and mountain views, none of which we’ve seen. What we have seen, from the opulence of the also spectacular Casino Sochi is a field of 387 whittled down to a final 16, ten of whom will depart today as we seek our first Sochi final table.

Pavel Shirshikov leads, just as he did the day before. The Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier are short stacked, but they are on to the last two tables, both aiming to secure a spot at the final and to prove that while form may be temporary, class is permanent.

Here’s how the players will line up at the start

Name Country Status Chips Table Seat
Alexander Lakhov Russia 669000 1 1
Pavel Shirshikov Russia 1576000 1 2
Chris Moneymaker USA Team PokerStars Pro 177000 1 3
Vitaliy Li Russia 574000 1 4
Daniyar Aubakirov Kazakhstan 963000 1 5
Lavrentiy Ni Kazakhstan 915000 1 6
Nadar Kakhmazov Russia 1274000 1 7
Oleg Chebotarev Russia 445000 1 8
Said Butba Russia 580000 2 1
Mikhail Rudoy Russia PokerStars qualifier 337000 2 2
Vladimir Troyanovskiy Russia PokerStars qualifier 1209000 2 3
Seyed Ghavam Iran 1214000 2 4
Junya Yamada Japan 468000 2 5
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier France Team PokerStars Pro 181000 2 6
Dmitry Vitkind Russia 522000 2 7
Timur Bubnov Russia PokerStars qualifier 710000 2 8