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Paul Phua Wins 2016 One Drop Extravaganza €100,000 Super High Roller

Malaysian High Roller Wins Second Career Title to Pocket €752,700


Paul PhuaPaul Phua topped a field of 13 entries to win the 2016 One Drop Extravaganza €100,000 buy-in super high roller no-limit hold’em event for €752,700 ($827,722 USD) and 600 Card Player Player of the Year points.

With the small turnout for this last-chance event held at the Casino de Monte-Carlo only the top two players made the money. Talal Shakerchi, who won the 2016 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker main event for $1.4 million, was eliminated on the money bubble. Shakerchi was left with less than a big blind after running ADiamond SuitKDiamond Suit into Phua’s ASpade SuitAHeart Suit. The very next hand he was eliminated, setting up a heads-up showdown between Phua and Mikita Badziakouski.

Heads-up play began with Phua holding roughly a 4-to-1 chip advantage over Badziakouski. On the final hand Badziakouski moved all-in from the button for around 800,000 of the 2.6 million chips in play. Phua made the call and the two revealed their hands.

Badziakouski: KDiamond Suit6Diamond Suit
Phua: 3Diamond Suit3Club Suit

The board ran out ADiamond Suit8Heart Suit4Heart SuitAHeart SuitQClub Suit and Phua’s pocket pair held up, securing the pot and the title. Badziakouski was sent to the rail as the runner up, earning €501,800. This was the largest cash of the Belarusian’s career.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Paul Phua $827,722 600
2 Mikita Badziakouski $551,814 500