$2.5million Triton High-Roller Title for Badziakouski

Fresh, or not perhaps, from taking on the mighty Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan and Patrik Antonius among others in a late-night cash game, Belarus crusher Mikita Badziakouski swept through the final table of the Triton Super High Roller Main Event in Montenegro, winning almost HK$20million (US $2,550,392) to smash through the $9million live tournament cashes barrier.

By: Andrew Burnett



With a total of 63 entries in the HK$1million (US$127,396) buy-in event, there were more huge names than at any event in recent poker history, outside of the SHRB perhaps, with Ivey, Dan ‘Jungleman‘ Cates, Isaac Haxton, Bryn Kenney, Stephen Chidwick, Patrik Antonius and defending champion Manig Loeser all competing for the whopping HK$ 59,270,400 (US$7,550,635) prizepool.



The Maestral Resort and Casino on Montenegro’s Adriatic coastline had just seen one of the most amazing cash games ever the previous evening, a €1million euro buy-in extravaganza which produced the two biggest cash-game pots in televised poker history, Jason Koon involved in both and escaping just about unscathed.

Koon didn’t make it through day 2 of the Main Event, but those who did included Steve O’Dwyer, Rui Cao and the German trio of Fast, Loeser and Sontheimer, with some loose and dangerous others including Badziakouski and Canada’s Peter ‘apathy’ Jetten.

It wasn’t to be for the German contingent, last year’s sweep of almost every high-stakes event showing their phenomenal strength in depth, but this time around not even lucky clothes could help, as Manig Loeser tweeted…



When Badziakouski’s pocket jacks held up against the suited AQ of Sontheimer, the third Teuton was gone and the Belarus man held a commanding chip lead, which he held until the heads-up face-off with Rui Cao…



If playing cash games with the likes of Ivey, Dwan and Cates has taught him anything, it’s that big players make big bluffs, and Badziakouski bit off Cao’s final attempt when he moved all-in with just queen high, his short stack forcing such plays.

A pair of aces was good enough for Mikita, and the Main Event crown at the biggest of the big high-roller series’ was his – more than $2.5million for the biggest payday of his life, while Cao would have to be happy with the $1,718,210 runner up prize.

Final table results

1 Mikita Badziakouski $2,550,392
2 Rui Cao $1,718,210
3 Peter Jetten $1,040,260
4 Chan Wai Leong $716,560
5 Steffen Sontheimer $493,090
6 Ivan Leow $369,850
7 Steve O’Dwyer $300,560
8 Manig Loeser $261,950
9 Dietrich Fast $254,280



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