Mikita Badziakouski wins EPT Barcelona Super High Roller

Mikita Badziakouski’s incredible run in 2018 continued earlier this week as he recorded another seven-figure cash by winning the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller tournament.

The Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em tournament was the most expensive buy-in on the EPT Barcelona schedule, costing players €100,000 to play. That’s about $117,000 US. In total, 54 players put up the cash which amassed a prize pool of €5.2 million, or just over $6 million US. For the win, Badziakouski’s share was €1.6 million, or $1.9 million US.

Entering the final day with only nine players remaining, Badziakouski sat second in chips. With only the top seven finishers getting paid, it was a tight battle as they worked their way to the bubble position. Cary Katz and Byron Kaverman were the unlucky ones, finishing ninth and eighth respectively to just miss the money and go home empty-handed.

Next to bow out were Jean Ferreira in seventh, Rui Neves Ferreira in sixth and Benjamin Pollak in fifth. Fourth place went to Tim Adams, which left Badziakouski, Matthias Eibinger and Ahadpur Khangah three-handed.

Eibinger was the chip leader but quickly lost a huge chunk when his pocket tens didn’t hold up all-in against Badziakouski’s ace-queen when another ace hit on the turn. That dropped Eibinger to the short stack and not long after he was all-in with 10c-3h against Khangah’s Jh-9s with the flop showing 10c-9c-3d. A jack on the turn sealed Eibinger’s fate and he was bounced in third place.

Badziakouski vs Khangah heads-up

When heads-up play began, Badziakouski held the chip lead, but Khangah wrestled it away from him on a massive hand where his four of a kind trumped Badziakouski’s full house. The lead didn’t last long for Khangah, as Badziakouski won another large pot with a pair of kings and an ace kicker vs Khangah’s pair of kings, jack kicker.

With the chip lead now well in hand, Badziakouski cruised to the win. On the final hand, Khangah was all-in with Kh-5c with the board showing Kc-Qs-9d-2c for a pair of kings. It wasn’t good enough as Badziakouski called with Kd-2d for two pair. The 7h on the river ended it. Khangah received $1.39 million US for second place.

For Badziakouski it was his fourth major tournament win of 2018. In total he’s cashed $12.4 million since January.