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Mikita Badziakouski Wins WPTWOC High Roller ($1,062,730)
Mikita Badziakouski is one of the world’s best poker tournament players. He’s won almost $28.5 million from live poker tournaments and several million more from online poker.
Badziakouski secured the eighth seven-figure score of his career earlier this week. His bankroll swelled by $1,062,730 when he triumphed in the $25,500 High Roller Championship at partypoker. Here’s what went down in that massive event.
A field of 199 players bought in for $25,500, only 28 made it through to Day 2. They all received a slice of the $5 million prize pool.
Stephen Chidwick, Andras Nemeth, Wiktor Malinowski, and Ole Schemion all cashed. Daniel Dvoress, Pascal Hartmann, Kahle Burns, Jake Schindler, and Timothy Adams also saw a return on their investment.
Final Table Set; Badziakouski Leads The Way
Day 2 ended when Brock Wilson burst the final table bubble. It resumed with Badziakouski leading six other superstars back into battle.
Those seven finalists became six with the early elimination of Ali Imsirovic. Imsrovic raised to 77,000 with Ac-Kh and Daniel Rezaei made it 193,000 to go with Jd-Js. Imsirovic four-bet all-in for 16 big blinds and Rezaei snap-called. Rezaei’s jacks held and Imsirovic collected $155,060.
Russia’s Aleksei Barkov crashed out in sixth for $197,667. He won his $25,500 seat for only $265 via a satellite tournament! His tournament ended with Barkov’s 16 big blind shove from the small blind with Kh-5h. Former WSOP Europe Main Event champion Alexandros Kolonias called with 6h-6c from the big blind. A queen-high board sent Barkov to the rail.
Fifth-place and $259,979 went to Rezaei. He lost the majority of his stack when his As-Qs ran into Kononias’ Kc-Kh. Rezaei’s short stack went into the middle with 6d-6s, Jason Koon called with Ks-Qs and won when the board ran Jh-8h-8s-Jc-9d.
Mark Demirjian crashed out in fourth for a $380,652 score. Badziakouski opened to 140,000 on the button with 9d-9s and Demirjian called in the big blind with Js-Td. The 9c-Th-8c flop hit both players hard and all the chips went into the middle. The turn and river were both kings, improving Badziakouski to a full house. Game over for Demirjian.
Epic Three-Handed Battle
Demirjian’s elimination left only three players in the hunt for the seven-figure top prize. The three-handed battle spanned more than two-and-a-half hours and ended with Kolonias’ bust out.
Badziakouski held a commanding lead by this stage and expertly wielded his big stack. Kolonias played back at him by three-betting all-in with 3h-3s but ran into Ac-Ad. The board provided no drama and heads-up was set.
Koon and Badziakouski didn’t play a single heads-up hand because they struck a deal. Koon only had a slither of his opponent’s stack so a deal seemed strange, but also understandable. The last standing players had battled at an elite level for several hours so likely wanted to head to bed! The deal wasn’t too different from the original payouts, with Koon collecting $810,869 and Badziakouski banking $1,062,730.
WPTWOC High Roller Championship Final Table Results
*reflects a heads-up deal
Attention now switches to the $102,000 Super High Roller Championship. Forty-players started and only seven of them remain.
Australia’s Michael Addamo is the man to catch when play resumes on September 24. He has 998,415 chips in his stack, almost 100,000 more than Sergi Reixach.
Germany high roller specialist Christoph Vogelsang, and recent WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Dvoress are also finalists. Team partypoker’s Isaac Haxton, Linus Loeliger, and Charlotte Godwin make up the rest of the final table.