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Badziakouski Bulldozes His Way to a $1.1M Prize
When good poker players play well while running well, it is a deadly combination. That is precisely what happened to Mikita Badziakouski, who is now $1,105,679 richer as a result. The Belarusian star secured that mammoth-sized prize after taking down a $25,500 Super High Roller online poker tournament at GGPoker.
The wallet-damaging buy-in did not deter the masses because 208 players bought in. Those entrants created a $5,200,000 prize pool that the top 31 finishers shared.
Ioannis Konstas was the unfortunate soul who burst the money bubble. The Greek star finished in 32nd place, narrowly missing out on a $43,861 payout.
The list of players who managed to cash read like a who’s who of the poker world. Eelis Parssinen was the first player to cash. Such luminaries as Jason Koon, Artur Martirosian, Stephen Chidwick, David Peters, Sam Greenwood, and Darren Elias banked prizes.
Fox Leads the Final Table; Badziakouski Second
Elio Fox went into the nine-handed final table as the chip leader, although he held less than one ante more than Badziakouski. Fox relinquished the chip lead on the very first hand when Sebastian Trisch doubled through him.
Badziakouski claimed his first scalp relatively early on. Michael Zhang raised to 110,000 with Kh-Qs during the 25,000/50,000 level, and Badziakouski called with 8h-8d. The Kd-Js-8c saw Zhang check-call a 118,661 bet. Zhang check-called a 439,742 bet on the 2c turn before checking again on the Jd river. Badziakouski bet 1,465,806, which covered Zhang. The British star went into the tank before calling off his chips and handing them to his opponent.
Fox got fortunate on the river to send Ronny Kaiser home in eighth. All the chips went into the middle on a board reading Ac-Ks-Js-3d. Fox held As-Tc and Kaiser the Kd-Jc. The Qs river improved Fox to a straight and sent Kaiser home.
American pro Sean Winter was the next Badziakouski victim. Winter’s lowly Kc-4s proved no match for his opponent’s As-9c.
Trisch ran out of steam and made do with the $262,198 sixth place prize. Fox min-raised to 160,000 and called the 1,885,559 shove from Trisch. Fox flipped over Qd-Qs, Trisch the Kd-Qh, and the five community cards ran Ad-6d-4s-7c-6c.
Belarusian Takes Control
Badziakouski held more than twice as many chips as any other player when only five grinders remained. A player of his quality excels in this spot by applying unrelenting aggression.
Russian high-stakes cash game star Timofey Kuznetsov was the next star to fall by the wayside. Kuznetsov open-shoved six big blinds with 2c-2d, and those ducks did not stay best against Badziakouski’s Ad-9d. A nine on the turn left Kuznetsov drawing to one of the remaining deuces, and it never arrived.
Fox’s tournament ended in a fourth-place finish worth $466,261. His executioner? Badziakouski. The latter moved all-in on the button with Qd-Tc. Fox called off his 4.8 big blinds with Ad-4s. The board ran Kd-9s-7s-Jh-5d to send Fox into the night.
Heads-up was set when Mexico’s Matthew Hyman crashed out in third, a finish good for $621,769. The dominant Badziakouski pushed all-in from the button with Ad-Td, Hyman called off his three big blinds short stack with 6c-5c, and a king-high board sent Hyman to the showers.
Badziakouski held a 19,685,918 to 1,114,082 chip lead over Michel Dattani, and it did not take too long to press home that advantage.
The final hand took place during the 100,000/200,000/25,000a level. Dattani shoved for seven big blinds with Ad-2s, and Badziakouski called with 8d-6d. The 7h-4d-3s-9h-Ts board gifted Badziakouski a straight and the $1,105,679 top prize. Dattani walked away with $829,142 reasons to be happy.
GG Spring Festival Event H-75 Final Table Results
|4||Elio Fox||United States||$466,261|
|7||Sean Winter||United States||$196,621|
|9||Michael Zhang||United Kingdom||$110,568|