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
|Chris Moneymaker||USA||Team PokerStars Pro||177000||1||3|
|Mikhail Rudoy||Russia||PokerStars qualifier||337000||2||2|
|Vladimir Troyanovskiy||Russia||PokerStars qualifier||1209000||2||3|
|Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier||France||Team PokerStars Pro||181000||2||6|
|Timur Bubnov||Russia||PokerStars qualifier||710000||2||8|