Mikita Badziakouski Wins EPT Barcelona €100K SHR for €1,650,300
Mikita Badziakouski has won the PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona €100,000 Super High Roller, defeating Ahadpur Khangah heads-up to win €1,650,300.
With nine left at the start of the day, the tournament raced towards a winner, with less than four full levels being played before Badziakouski emerged victorious.
This may only be the third biggest cash of his career (and of this year!) but it represents his first EPT High Roller victory after close calls in Malta, Monte Carlo, the PCA and previously in Barcelona.
Here are the full payouts:
|1||Mikita Badziakouski||Belarus||€ 1,650,300|
|2||Ahadpur Khangah||Iran||€ 1,191,900|
|3||Matthias Eibinger||Austria||€ 759,680|
|4||Timothy Adams||Canada||€ 576,300|
|5||Benjamin Pollak||France||€ 445,300|
|6||Rui Neves Ferreira||Portugal||€ 340,550|
|7||Jean Ferreira||Canada||€ 275,050|
Badziakouski’s win tops an incredible year for the Belarussian. Over the last six months, he has risen from 119th on the all-time money list to 28th and will rise a further six spots after this victory.
To put that into perspective, only one player (Justin Bonomo) has won more playing tournament poker in the last six months than Badziakouski.
“It feels great,” said Badziakouski after clinching victory. “I’m running pretty hot lately. Just being lucky – that’s it! It was the usual High Roller field, and the same structure. Only this time we had a really long bubble; we were nine-handed for three or something hours. Then it finished really fast.”
Badziakouski said that his heads-up opponent was “really impressive” at the table.
“[Ahadpur] Khangah played really aggressively. It’s a pleasure to play with him, and I definitely didn’t expect it.”
This result constitutes Khangah’s biggest poker win by far and will boost him to second in Iran’s all-time money list behind Iranian bracelet winner Amir Vahedi and ahead of fellow High Roller regular Ali Reza Fatehi.
Final Day Recap
Nine players returned, but only seven players would cash and the extended bubble continued with early doubles for Timothy Adams and Benjamin Pollak before the first elimination of the day saw Cary Katz bust in brutal fashion.
Katz moved all in with pocket queens against the king-ten of clubs of overnight chip leader Matthias Eibinger. The flop gave Katz top set, but Eibinger went runner-runner to river a flush and bust the American.
The €100,000 Super High Roller went from two Americans to none before the first level of the day, as Byron Kaverman also fell victim to Eibinger. Both players flopped a pair of eights, but Kaverman held the better kicker. Unfortunately for him, Eibinger turned two pair and the board bricked out to eliminate Kaverman, bursting the bubble.
With the remaining seven players now all guaranteed €275,050 it didn’t take long for players to start making do-or-die moves; Jean Ferreira ran ace-jack into the kings of Khangah to bust in seventh, then Rui Neves Ferreira shoved queens on a king-high board only to be called by Khangah holding king-queen for a pair of kings.
There was a jaw-dropping moment a short while later after Pollak and Khangah chopped up an all-in when a straight flush presented itself on the board.
A few hands later, however, Pollak would fall. Again, it was Eibinger on hand to crack the ace-jack of the Frenchman with eight-six suited; Eibinger flopped an eight and rivered a six to eliminate Pollak in fifth place.
It appeared that Eibinger wouldn't be stopped, and when Adams moved all in with pocket eights against king-queen of clubs, Adams needed to win a flip to stay alive. However, the flop came all clubs and the turn and river were both kings – bad news for Adams whatever way you look at it, and he departed in fourth.
This elimination left Eibinger with over half the chips in play as we approached the first break of the day. Earlier in the day, Badziakouski had doubled through Eibinger when tens held against ace-queen. However, now it would be Badziakouski holding the ace-queen against Eibinger's tens.
“Last time tens won,” said Badziakouski perhaps sensing another elimination at the hands of Eibinger. This time it was different, however, with an ace on the turn meaning Badziakouski and Eibinger were level in stacks, with Khangah in third place.
With the blinds growing, the big blind ante began to have more of an effect three-handed. The chip lead moved around between Khangah and Badziakouski, with the former moving into a commanding position after a series of aggressive moves.
But sometimes in poker, timing trumps aggression. Badziakouski picked his spots and managed to get Eibinger on the ropes. Eibinger got his last chips after flopping two pair against the single pair of Khangah.
Eibinger had been responsible for his fair share of coolers, and now Khangah would dish out one of his own. The turn gave Khangah a better two pair and Eibinger was eliminated; the cooler had become the coolered.
Heads-up started equal between Badziakouski and Khangah, but Khangah would move into the lead after rivering quad jacks and getting paid. However, the pivotal hand came when the Iranian called three streets with a turned top pair only to get out-kicked by Badziakouski.
A few hands later Badziakouski had done it; turning two pair to best the Iranian and walk away with his fourth seven-figure score in four months.
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Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He started working for PokerNews as a freelance live reporter in 2015 and joined the full-time staff in 2019. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German. He also holds an NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism.