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Drawing in a field of 54 entries, the €100,000 No Limit Hold’em – Super High Roller at the 2018 PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona created a prize pool of €5,239,080. Besting the competitive field, which included the presence of prominent pros like Ahadpur Khangah, Matthias Eibinger, Timothy Adams and Benjamin Pollak on the final table, was Belarus native and high roller Mikita Badziakouski (cover image).
Posting the third biggest cash of his career, this Belarusian pro also secured his maiden EPT High Roller victory. Topping the Belarus All Time Money List, Badziakouski currently boasts of a massive $18,590,804 in total live earnings.
Talking about his victory, Badziakouski said, “It feels great. 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.”
He even praised his heads-up opponent Ahadpur Khangah, saying “[Ahadpur] Khangah played really aggressively. It’s a pleasure to play with him, and I definitely didn’t expect it.”
Final Day Recap
With no late eliminations on Day 2, the final nine players started the third and final day with Matthias Eibinger (3,040,000) in the chip lead. However, only the top seven places were assured a min-cash of €275,050, so the race to make it in the money was intense.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Matthias Eibinger – 3,040,000
2. Mikita Badziakouski – 2,570,000
3. Ahadpur Khangah – 2,105,000
4. Cary Katz – 1,425,000
5. Timothy Adams – 1,245,000
6. Rui Neves Ferreira – 1,020,000
7. Benjamin Pollak – 765,000
8. Jean Ferreira – 720,000
9. Byron Kaverman – 610,000
Final Table Recap
The first of the nine to depart was Cary Katz. He raised to 150,000 and was met with a 3-bet all-in from Matthias Eibinger. The remaining players folded as Katz and Eibinger tabled their cards.
The flop fell , putting Katz in the lead with a top set. The turn gave Eibinger the outs for a flush draw and he hit the flush on the river and Katz was eliminated in ninth place.
Eibinger ousted another player from the final table when he moved his stack in the middle and short-stacked Byron Kaverman called from the small blind. Ahadpur Khangah folded from the big blind and the cards were tabled.
The flop brought and while both players picked up pair of eights, Kaverman was in the lead with his ace kicker. The turn , gave Eibinger the lead with two pairs and the river sealed the pot for Eibinger. Kaverman was railed in eighth place and became the money bubble of the event.
Less than 10 minutes later, Jean Ferreira open-jammed from early position for 420,000 and Khangah called from the cutoff. Ferreira’s were up against Khangah’s . With the board running , Ferreira did pick up a pair of jacks but it wasn’t enough to beat Khangah’s hand. Ferreira was busted in seventh place.
Finishing in sixth place was Rui Neves Ferreira. When Khangah opened, Ferreira 3-bet to 500,000 and Khangah called to see the flop . Khangah check-called Ferreira’s all-in bet and tabled against Ferreira’s pocket queens. The remaining two streets, and , did not help improve Ferreira’s hand, resulting in his elimination.
During level 20, Timothy Adams opened to 160,000 and Eibinger 3-bet to 460,000. Benjamin Pollak 4-bet all in for 860,000, prompting Adams to fold. After asking for a count, Eibinger eventually called and showed to Pollak`s . The community cards brought and Eibinger rivered two pairs – eights and sixes, sending Pollak to the rail in fifth place.
Eibinger was once again in the midst of the action when he moved all-in from under-the-gun and Timothy Adams called from the big blind risking his tournament life.
Adams had an edge over Eibinger but lost it soon enough when the latter flopped a flush with . While the turn and river gave Eibinger three-of-a-kind kings, it wasn’t enough to keep his place at the felt and he was eliminated in fourth place.
Down to three-handed play, Khangah managed to take the chip lead. Soon thereafter, he limped on the button, Mikita Badziakouski called from the small blind and Matthias Eibinger checked his big blind. The flop brought and Khangah bet 400,000, forcing Badziakouski to fold, while Eibinger check-raised all in for 1,500,000. Khangah called and the cards were turned over.
Having flopped two pairs of tens and threes, Eibinger looked good to double up, but luck was not on his side this time. The player who had been on the winning side on several coolers was about to get coolered himself as the turn brought , giving Khangah a higher two pairs. The on the river was inconsequential and Eibinger bounced off in third place.
The heads-up play between Ahadpur Khangah and Mikita Badziakouski saw the chip lead changing hands multiple times. On the final hand of the event, Khangah limped and Badziakouski checked from the big blind to see the flop . Badziakouski check-called a bet of 300,000 and the turn came . Badziakouski checked yet again and Khangah bet 700,000. Badziakouski moved all in and Khangah called.
Badziakouski hit two pairs of kings and deuces on the turn, and the on the river did not favour Khangah, who had to settle for a runner-up finish, as Badziakouski took down the title.
Final Table Results (EURO)
1. Mikita Badziakouski – €1,650,300
2. Ahadpur Khangah – €1,191,900
3. Matthias Eibinger – €759,680
4. Timothy Adams – €576,300
5. Benjamin Pollak – €445,300
6. Rui Neves Ferreira – €340,550
7. Jean Ferreira – €275,050
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