Mikita Badziakouski’s amazing 2018 continued Monday as he earned the victory in the PokerStars European Poker Tour €100,000 Super High Roller to win €1,650,300 ($1,912,903 USD).
For Badziakouski, the nosebleed poker pro from Belarus, the seven-figure score marks his fourth of 2018. In total, the high-stakes superstar has amassed over $12.4 million this calendar year and has skyrocketed to 28th on the Hendon Mob’s All Time Money List.
It wasn’t an easy road to the winner’s circle for Badziakouski. When the field of 54 had been cut to the final seven players, he held only 12 big blinds. Though all seven were in the money, after the eighth-place bubble elimination of American poker pro Byron Kaverman, everyone was looking up at table chip leader Matthias Elbinger from Austria.
Once the final seven took their seats, the first bustouts happened quickly. Canada’s Jean Ferreira, who was sitting on an extremely small stack, stuck it in holding . He was called by Ahadpur Khangah from Iran, who was sitting third in chips, with . Despite hitting the on the flop, the rest of the board did nothing to improve Ferreira’s hand and he exited the tournament in seventh place for €275,050.
Badziakouski was the next player to see significant action when he doubled through the chip leader, Eibinger. Badziakousi was all in and his held against Elbinger’s . The hand was pivotal to Badziakouski’s march to the top though there were still a number of players that needed to be eliminated.
The next player to exit was Portugal’s Rui Ferreira. Khangah limped his and Ferriera three-bet from his super short stack to . Khangah called and the pair saw a flop of and with Ferriera having less than two big blinds behind, the rest of the money got in. The board ran out and Khangah eliminated his second Ferriera of the tournament. Rui Ferreira finished in sixth place for €340,550.
Despite having lost that previous hand to Badziakouski, Eibinger had no intentions of slowing down. He got wrapped up in a hand with former World Series of Poker final table participant Benjamin Pollak. After Timothy Adams opened, Eibinger three-bet holding the . Pollak, who had under ten big blinds remaining, four-bet shipped his remaining chips with . Adams got out of the way and Eibinger, feeling committed, called. The board ran out giving Eibinger two-pair and sending Pollak to the cage in fifth place for €445,300.
Roughly an hour into the money, Canada’s Timothy Adams’ tournament came to an end. Eibinger open-shoved his from under the gun and Adams, just under 20 big blinds, made the call with . The flop had Adams drawing incredibly thin as it came so when the and completed the board, it simply looked like overkill. Adams left in fourth place for €576,300.
With Eibinger with a commanding chip lead the battle back for the remaining players was not going to be easy. Once again, it was Badziakouski who found himself tangling with the chip leader. The Belarusian was, once again, all in and at risk against Eibinger. This time, he held against the Austrian’s . The flop looked good for Eibinger coming . But when the spiked on the turn followed by a harmless on the river it propelled Badziakouski back into the hunt.
The chip counts of the final three evened out and the rate of play slowed. During the next hour, Badziakouski picked up some key hands and took over the chip lead from Eibinger. One that Eibinger would not get back.
During a three-way limped pot and a flop of Eibinger found himself all in with two pair, holding against Khangah’s . Khangah’s second pair turned into two pair when the was dealt on the turn. There was no river help for Eibinger and the former chip leader hit the rail in third place for €759,680, ensuring both heads up participants a payday of over €1 million.
Heads up play lasted just under an hour with the chip lead changing hands on more than one occasion. Finally though, Badziakouski secured the victory when his out turned Khangah’s on a board. All of the chips got in the middle on the turn and when the completed the board, it also completed the win for Badziakouski. Khangah takes home €1,191,900 for second place.
For Badziakouski, the victory marks his fourth high roller outright win in 2018, the sixth of his career. His 2018 highlights include a fourth-place finish in the Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas for $1.6 million as well as a pair of Triton Poker Super High Roller Main Event victories. He won $2.499 million for his first Triton win in May. He backed that up in late July for another $5.257 million victory. In total, he’s amassed over $12 million this year, second only to Justin Bonomo, and over $18 million in his career, with recorded results dating back to 2010.