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The 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro Main Event is done and dusted and taking home the title along with the whopping HK$19,618,400 ($2,499,090) top prize was Mikita Badziakouski (cover image).
Badziakouski bested the 63-player field, finally defeating Frenchman Rui Cao heads-up to claim the lion’s share of the HK$59,270,400 ($7,550,129) prize pool. It has been a good year for Badziakouski so far, as he recently won the AAPT MPC 28 High Roller event for HK$2,324,000 ($297,198) in addition to a few other deep runs. The High Roller regular goes by his online handle “fish2013”, which in a way is ironical, considering his recent wins that have pushed his live poker circuit earnings over $9 Million.
Final Table Recap
The final table started with short-stacked Dietrich Fast hitting the rails first, after the previous nights brutal bubble hand that had left him with only nine big blinds.
Defending champion, Manig Loeser, who busted Fast, became the next casualty at the final table. The German lost a flip with his ace-king suited failing to get there against the pocket sevens of Badziakouski.
American high roller specialist Steve O’Dwyer was doing pretty well and managed to double up twice before he lost it all in a hand against eventual runner up Cao. Cao opened with , O’Dwyer jammed with and Badziakouski joined the action as well with . On the flop, Cao bet and Badziakouski check-folded. The turn and river completed the board and that reduced the field to the last six.
Ivan Leow and Steffen Sontheimer hit the rail in quick succession taking Badziakouski to the top spot in chip counts.
Badziakouski next took out Wai Leong Chan in fourth place after winning a flip with ace-king suited against the latter`s pocket sixes.
At this point Badziakouski held a commanding chip lead versus his two opponents Peter Jetten and Rui Cao, who were both short stacked. Jetten was the first one to make an exit when his lost to Cao’s on the board .
Badziakouski held a 2-1 lead going into the heads-up play and he never gave up that lead, even though Cao tried a few times. Soon things ended and of course in Badziakouski’s favor.
The final hand saw Cao make an open with , Badziakouski called with and both checked the flop . On the turn , Badziakouski bet and Cao 3-bet which got the call. The river completed the community and Cao jammed with complete air. Badziakouski tank called to win the title!
Final Table Results (HKD)
1. Mikita Badziakouski – HK$19,618,400
2. Rui Cao – HK$ 13,217,000
3. Peter Jetten – HK$ 8,002,000
4. Wai Leong Chan – HK$ 5,512,000
5. Steffen Sontheimer – HK$ 3,793,000
6. Ivan Leow – HK$ 2,845,000
7. Steve O’Dwyer – HK$ 2,312,000
8. Manig Loeser – HK$ 2,015,000
9. Dietrich Fast – HK$ 1,956,000