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Mikita Badziakouski Leads WPTWOC High Roller Championship Event Final Table

Mikita Badziakouski

Twenty-eight players returned to their seats on Day 2 of the WPT World Online Championships $25,500 High Roller Championship Event and only seven of them remain in contention for the near $1.1 million top prize. These seven players sit back down at 8:05 p.m. CEST on September 22 and play until only one of them has all the chips in play.

Official Final Table Chips Counts

1Mikita BadziakouskiSlovenia4,750,685
2Alesei BarkovRussia3,703,733
3Alexandros KoloniasMalta3,673,742
4Jason KoonCanada3,420,295
5Mark DemirjianLebanon1,997,915
6Daniel RezaeiMalta1,630,432
7Almedin ImsirovicMexico723,198

Countries as shown in the partypoker lobby

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Day 2 didn't last long for Russia's Mikhail Vilkov as he fell in 28th place. A steady stream of eliminations including Stephen Chidwick, Andras Nemeth and Wiktor Malinowski followed.

Team partypoker had three players reach the final 20 places but that became two when Ludovic Geilich ran out of steam in 19th place, a finish good for $68,000.

Ole Schemion crashed out a couple of places deeper before British poker legend Simon Trumper busted in 15th. Start of the day chip leader Pascal Hartmann was eliminated in 14th place.

Kahle Burns got his hands on the tournament's first six-figure prize, namely $102,500, when he fell in 11th. Jake Schindler, Timothy Adams, and Brock Wilson were the final three eliminations of the day.

Play resumes with seven players guaranteed at least $155,060 but there's a top prize of $1,094,460 awaiting the champion.

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Mikita Badziakouski could be that champion because he enters the final table armed with a tournament-leading 4,750,685 chips. Badziakouski has almost $28.5 million from live poker tournaments and has seven scores of at least $1 million.

Second place at the restart is Russian grinder Aleksei Barkov, a low-stakes player who won his way into this massive event from a $265 satellite. He's now six eliminations away from bagging a seven-figure score for his $265 investment.

The 2019 WSOP Europe Main Event champion Alexandros Kolonias is third in chips with a 3,673,742 stack. He's joined by another member of Team partypoker in Jason Koon (3,420,295), while Lebanon's Mark Demirjian (1,997,915), Daniel Rezaei (1,630,432), and Ali Imsirovic (723,198), are the other finalists still in with a shot of the $1,094,460 prize and the title of champion.

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