– General Introduction –
Artur Martirosyan is a Russian professional poker player. He was born in 1997.
He has collected $1.166 million in live tournament cashes. That includes an EPT (European Poker Tour) Main Event title which he won for $325,316 in his home country of Russia. The Russian seaside city of Sochi is his favorite location for poker – the majority of his live cashes are from events played there.
He’s also seen great success on the virtual felt. On PokerStars, he plays under the screen name “mararthur1”. In 2020, he won two SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) titles in one series. The same year, when the coronavirus pandemic forced all WSOP events to be played online, Martirosyan finished ITM in 8 different WSOP Online events on Natural8-GGNetwork.
– Key Career Dates –
- 2017: He starts cashing in live tournaments in his home country of Russia.
- 2020: He finishes 2nd in the $51,000 No Limit Hold’em event at the partypoker MILLIONS Sochi Super High Roller Series in Sochi, Russia for $495,000. That is the biggest single live tournament cash of his career to date.
- 2020: He wins two SCOOP titles in one year.
- 2021: He finishes first in the ₽175,000 EPT Main Event in Sochi, Russia for ₽24.633 million ($325,316).
– Artur Martirosyan’s Career –
→ Beginnings ←
Martirosyan got into poker quite young. As he told in a video interview on the World Poker Tour’s YouTube channel, his father taught him how to play the world’s most popular card game when he was around 17 years old. Originally, he played with his father and his father’s friends.
He soon took a liking to the game, so he started studying strategy on his own. As it turned out, he was really good at it too. By the time he was 21, he was delivering live tournament scores from major events across Europe. Because he became a professional poker player so young, he didn’t have time to start his career in any civil profession.
→ Live Tournaments ←
Martirosyan has $1.202 million in live tournament earnings, according to his profile on the most prominent live poker tournament database, The Hendon Mob. That sum was accumulated over the course of ITM finishes in 33 different events played over a 4-year period. He’s currently in the top 50 on the site’s Russian all time money list. Given his young age, he’s almost guaranteed to rise even higher on that list.
The first recorded cash on his page is from October 2017. He came in 34th in the ₽22,000 No Limit Hold’em – Sochi Poker Cup #12 event at the PokerStars Festival Sochi for ₽48,000 (which equaled about $835 at the time). Sochi, the Russian city on the shore of the Black Sea persisted through his poker career as his favorite location – a whopping 23 out of his 31 live cashes come from tournaments that took place in Sochi!
His second score is a 25th place finish in the ₽192,000 buy-in EPT (European Poker Tour) Main Event for ₽768,000 ($13,460). The first time he made a money finish outside Russia was in August 2018. He finished 189th in another EPT Main Event, this time in Barcelona, winning €9,740 in the €5,300 buy-in tournament.
The first time Martirosyan made a live tourney score for over $100K was in March 2020. He came in 2nd in the $51,000 NLHE event at the partypoker MILLIONS Super High Roller Series in – where else – Sochi. He pocketed no less than $495,000, which is his biggest single live tournament score to date. He lost the heads-up battle for the title to the Belarussian poker superstar Mikita Badziakouski.
Only two days before, Martirosyan bagged another major score in the high roller series, finishing 6th in the $25,500 NLHE event for $87,000.
A year later, in March 2021, he took down the ₽175,000 Main Event at EPT Sochi for ₽24.633 million ($325,316). This time, he won the heads-up battle for the title against his fellow Russian Vladislav Naumov.
Artur Martirosyan picked up around $325,000 for taking down the EPT Sochi Main Event, beating a field of 852 entries. https://t.co/voYr1wB0vQ
— PokerStarsBlog (@PokerStarsBlog) March 29, 2021
→ World Series of Poker ←
Artur Martirosyan is yet to win his first WSOP gold bracelet.
In fact, his only World Series cashes are from 2020, when the dreaded coronavirus pandemic forced all events to take place online. However, those are plentiful. A total of 8 WSOP cashes were racked up by Martirosyan on Natural8-GGNetwork, for around $50,000 total.
The biggest one of the 8 was for $21,483, which he got for finishing 129th out of a field of 899 players in the $10,000 NLHE Super MILLION$ event. In addition, he came in 15th in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $8,759; and came in 22nd in the $400 FORTY STACK NLHE event for $5,285.
Martirosyan also has two more ITM finishes from when the WSOP Circuit came to his “home turf”, Sochi.
→ Live Cash Games ←
Martirosyan has always focused on tournaments over cash games in his poker career.
Therefore, it is not surprising that he hasn’t appeared on any TV shows or online live streams where he would play live cash in front of an audience.
→ Online Poker ←
Martirosyan also has quite an impressive tally of online tournament results, not just live tournament results.
On PokerStars, he plays under the screen name “mararthur1”. In 2020, he won two SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) titles in one series for $429K combined.
First, he came in first in a field of 143 players in Event #29: $5,200 NLHE Midweek Freeze for $157,427; then he went on to take down Event #17: $10,300 NLHE High Roller for $271,790 more.
We’ve mentioned his 8 ITM finishes in the 2020 WSOP Online on Natural8-GGNetwork above.
Martirosyan, playing under his full name, has racked up some major scores on partypoker as well. In May 2020, he cashed in 7 events at the Super High Roller Bowl Online series taking place on party, each for over $100K. That included one victory in the $10,300 NLHE event for $234,605.
He had two runner-up finishes in two $25K NLHE events, for $405,000 and $352,000, respectively. At heads-up, he lost to real poker A-listers both times: to former all time money list leader Justin Bonomo first, then to the Swiss online cash game crusher Linus “LLinusLLove” Loeliger.
In April 2020, he finished second once again, this time in the $25,500 No Limit Hold’em event at the Poker Masters Online on partypoker. He got $346,500 for that performance.
He cashed in 8 other events at the Poker Masters Online (thus 9 cashes total). He led the Poker Masters Online leaderboard up until the very end – however, he eventually got overtaken by Alexandros Kolonias from Greece who took home the Player of the Year title. Martirosyan finished second.