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Mikita Badziakouski Wins 2018 EPT Barcelona €100,000 Super High Roller

Belarusian Pro Wins His Fourth Title of the Year, Earning $1.9 Million USD


Mikita Badziakouski has won the 2018 European Poker Tour Barcelona €100,000 no-limit hold’em super high roller event, outlasting a field of 54 total entries to win €1,650,300 ($1,930,851 USD). This was the Belarusian poker pro’s fourth live tournament title and his seventh final table showing of the year. With $12,434,190 in earnings, he has cashed for the second most money of any player in live tournaments, behind only Justin Bonomo’s record-breaking $24,811,941.

In addition to the money, Badziakouski was also awarded 600 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win, bringing his year-to-date total to 3,516. As a result of his consistency on the super high roller circuit, he has climbed into 18th place on the overall POY leaderboard.

Badziakouski entered the final day of this event in second chip position with nine players remaining. Only the top seven would make the money, and with a $321,809 USD money bubble and plenty of shorter-stacked players, the action ground to halt until Byron Kaverman was eliminated in eighth place, ensuring that the remaining seven would all record at least a six-figure payday.

Ahadpur Khangah scored the first two knockouts of the final table, busting Jean Ferreira (7th – $321,809 USD) and Rui Neves Ferreira (6th – $398,444 USD) to move into second chip position behind Matthias Eibinger, who started the day as the outright leader.

Eibinger increased his advantage by knocking out 2017 World Series of Poker third-place finisher Benjamin Pollak in fifth ($521,001 USD) and WSOP bracelet winner Tim Adams in fourth place ($674,271 USD).

Eibinger took a lead into three-handed play, but things were quickly evened out when Badziakouski’s AClub SuitQSpade Suit won a preflop confrontation against Eibinger’s 10Heart Suit10Club Suit. Badziakouski paired his ace on the turn to double up.

From there Eibinger fell to the shortest stack. He got all-in with the 10Club Suit3Heart Suit for two pair on a 10Spade Suit9Club Suit3Diamond Suit board and was called by Khangah’s JHeart Suit9Spade Suit. The JClub Suit on the turn gave Khangah the better two pair and the 5Diamond Suit sealed Eibinger’s fate. He earned $888,826 USD as the third-place finisher.

Mikita Badziakouski entered heads-up play with the lead, but Khangah made quads over Badziakouski’s full house to take the advantage. Badziakouski regained control not long after that, winning a sizable pot with a pair of kings and an ace kicker, which bested
Khangah’s kings with a jack kicker to give the Belarusian just less than a 3-to-1 lead.

In the final hand Badziakouski made two pair with the KDiamond Suit2Diamond Suit on a KClub SuitQSpade Suit9Diamond Suit2Club Suit board and was able to get the last of Kahngah’s chips into the pot. Khngah held the KHeart Suit5Club Suit and was in need of help heading to the river. The 7Heart Suit was not what he required, and Kahngah was eliminated in second place, earning $1,394,523 USD.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Mikita Badziakouski $1,930,851 600
2 Ahadpur Khangah $1,394,523 500
3 Matthias Eibinger $888,826 400
4 Tim Adams $674,271 300
5 Benjamin Pollak $521,001 250
6 Rui Neves Ferreira $398,444 200
7 Jean Ferreira $321,809 150

Winner photo credit: PokerStars / Neil Stoddart.