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Mikita Badziakouski Wins European Poker Tour Online $10,300 High Roller

The Belarusian Star Outlasted A Field of 109 Entries To Win $222,453


Mikita “fish2013” Badziakouski has won the 2020 European Poker Tour Online $1,000,000 guaranteed $10,300 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller event. The Belarusian poker star outlasted a field of 109 total entries, striking a heads-up deal with Matthias “iambest2” Eibinger to secure the title and a top payout of $222,453.

This was Badziakouski’s 15th recorded tournament title. It brings his career earnings to more than $30.3 million, which places him just outside the top ten on poker’s all-time money list. Steve O’Dwyer, who occupies the 10th-place spot, has $31,268,703 in lifetime cashes, which is just $947,559 ahead of Badziakouski.

The final day of this event began with nine players remaining, with Eibinger in the lead and Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph in second chip position. Badziakouski began in the middle of the pack. Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford was the first to hit the virtual rail when his ADiamond SuitJDiamond Suit failed to outrun the QHeart Suit10Club Suit of Mike “SirWatts” Watson. Beresford earned $33,035 as the ninth-place finisher. Canadian high roller Timothy “Tim0thee” Adams was the next to fall, losing a classic race with K-Q suited against the pocket jacks of Daniel “SmilleThHero” Smiljkovic.

Eibinger extended his lead by being on the preferable side of a preflop cooler, with his pocket aces holding up against the pocket kings of Bert “girafganger7” Stevens (7th – $51,445). He added even more by knocking out EPT and WPT main event winner Mike Watson in sixth place. Watson picked up pocket kings and got all the chips in by the river, only to find that Eibinger had made a full house with Q-8 offsuit. Watson earned $67,006 for his sixth-place showing in this event.

Daniel Smiljkovic’s run in this event came to an end shortly after he ran A-J suited into the pocket queens of Christian Rudolph. He was left with less than an ante following that hand and was eliminated the following hand (5th – $87,274). Eibinger continued to expand his chip advantage by winning a race with A-7 against the pocket threes of “hello_totti”. Eibinger spiked a seven on the turn to take the lead, which he maintained through the river. “hello_totti” earned $113,673 for their fourth-place showing. Eibinger entered three-handed action with more than three times as many chips as the next largest stack, which belonged to Badziakouski. The Belarusian was able to close the gap a bit, though, before the next knockout occurred.

Matthias 'iambest2' Eibinger2020 World Series of Poker Online $25,000 high roller winner Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph opened with a min-raise to 200,000 from the button holding AClub SuitJDiamond Suit. Eibinger three-bet to 750,000 from the small blind with ASpade SuitQClub Suit. Rudolph four-bet all-in for around 38 big blinds and Eibinger called. The board came down 10Spade Suit7Spade Suit6Spade Suit2Club Suit5Spade Suit and Eibinger made an ace-high flush to take down the pot and eliminate Rudolph in third place ($148,058).

Heads-up play began with Eibinger sitting with 16,305,962 to Badziakouski’s 10,944,038 in chips. The two played a few hands before striking a deal that distributed the majority of the remaining prize money based on ICM numbers. The two agreed to do blind flips for the remaining $10,000 in prize money. It took three hands, with Badziakouski winning the first to overtake the lead and then the third to secure the title. Eibinger walked away with $221,564 as the runner-up finisher.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:

Place Name Earnings
1 Mikita “fish2013” Badziakouski $222,453
2 Matthias “iambest2” Eibinger $221,564
3 Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph $148,058
4 hello_totti $113,673
5 Daniel “SmilleThHero” Smiljkovic $87,274
6 Mike “SirWatts” Watson $67,006
7 Bert “girafganger7” Stevens $51,445
8 Timothy “Tim0thee” Adams $39,498
9 Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford $33,035

Winner photo provided by PokerStars.