Seat 3: Artur Martirosian (Russia) - 5,855,000
You’d be forgiven for thinking Artur “Marathur1” Martirosian was older than he is. It feels like he’s been crushing both live and online for at least a decade, and with $4.6 million in live cashes and unknown millions won online, he has a poker résumé far older than his years.
At just 25, Martirosian has already reached the highest echelon of tournament poker–super high roller regular status–and has a chock-full trophy cabinet to show for his five years of playing professionally.
You’d also be right in assuming he isn’t Mexican. Martirosian currently lives in Playa Del Carmen, but it was in his hometown of Voronezh in southwestern Russia where he first discovered poker at 16.
He’s come a long way since. In March 2021 he took down his first European Poker Tour title, on home soil no less, winning EPT Sochi for $325K. He followed that up with an impressive $100K Super High Roller Bowl victory worth $1.4 million in August 2021 and most recently, he took down a €25K High Roller at EPT Barcelona for €540,990.
And that’s just his live poker accomplishments. Online he’s won just about everything including multiple Championship of Online Poker titles. He even won two WCOOP events in one night.
The guy is a beast, plain and simple, and whatever happens, it’s going to be fun watching him battle for his second PokerStars Main Event title.