Mikita Badziakouski wins partypoker LIVE MILLIONS SHR Sochi $50k for $765,000

Belarus beast Mikita Badziakouski scooped a $765,000 payday yesterday in Sochi, winning the $50k No Limit Hold’em event 4 on the partypoker SHR schedule after defeating Artur Martirosyan heads-up…

By: Andrew Burnett

The $2,250,000 prizepool was the largest yet as the high-rollers battle it out in the Russian Black Sea resort, with 45 entries and 7 places paid – the Greenwood brothers Sam and Luc making the second day final table of in-the-money players.

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Badziakouski came back as chip leader with 39 big blinds, and at the other end of the spectrum were Wiktor Malinowski and Sam Greenwood, with the Polish pro busting on only the second hand of play, falling to Artur Martirosyan’s big slick.

Greenwood’s luck was a little better, disposing of Cary Katz in 6th when a race went the Canadian’s way, but back-to-back hands saw him hit the rail next – Badziakouski’s pocket kings doing most of the damage.

The pace of the knockouts was frightening, Aaron van Blarcum exiting in 4th, this time Badziakouski holding the ace-king, and then Luc Greenwood fell in 3rd to Martirosyan.

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Heads-up was brutal for the Russian, looking for all the world as though he would double up into the chip lead after Badziakouski led the flop…

Martirosyan: Q♠ 6♠
Badziakouski: K♥ 9♦
Flop: 6♥ 6♣ 7♥

A raise and call took us to the turn…

Turn: 10♥

…where Badziakouski checked only to be met with an all-in.

“Dammit, give me a count!” was the Belarusan’s response according to the live updates, leading to a “Nyet, nyet, nyet…” and an eventual: “I’m a fish – I call”. Dead to a flush draw, the river came…

River: 5♥

…and Badziakouski had taken it down for $765,000, Martirosyan having to make do with the $495,000 runner-up cash.

Final results

1 Mikita Badziakouski $765,000
2 Artur Martirosyan $495,000
3 Luc Greenwood $337,500
4 Aaron Van Blarcum $225,000
5 Sam Greenwood $180,000
6 Cary Katz $135,000
7 Wiktor Malinowski $112,500



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