Mikita Badziakouski Wins First World Series of Poker Bracelet In $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller

Mikita Badziakouski Wins First World Series of Poker Bracelet In ,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller

Mikita Badziakouski added his first World Series of Poker bracelet Sunday night to an extensive poker resume that already includes eight figures worth of live tournament earnings, which puts him 13th on poker’s all-time money list.

The Belarussian is a regular in the world’s highest-stakes poker tournaments, making it no surprise that he took home his first piece of WSOP gold in the $50,000 no-limit hold ‘em high roller. He defeated a field of 113 entries to earn $1,462,043.

Badziakouski told WSOP live reporters after the victory that while adding a prestigious tournament title to his resume is nice, at the core, poker is still all about the money for him.

“Honestly, the bracelet is not as important for me as it is for many other players,” said Badziakouski. “I will just say it feels great to win a high roller.”

It’s the eighth seven-figure score of his career, which moves his career total north of $33 million. He also picked up 1,020 points in the Card Player Player of the Year race, which puts him 65th in this year’s standings. This was his second title and sixth POY-qualified final table of the year. Badziakouski earned 700 PokerGO Tour points as the champion, climbing to 22nd place in that high-stakes points race.

Like most Badziakouski partakes in, the final table was as tough of a table as you could dream up. Daniel Negreanu, who was just a few days removed from the final table of the $50,000 pot-limit Omaha, Jason Koon, Stephen Chidwick, Ali Imsirovic, Portuguese poker prodigy Joao Vieira, and Ryan Leng all stood in the way of Badziakouski and the title. He defeated Ren Lin heads-up for the title.

But this level of competition is par for the course for the 29-year-old.

“I’ve played many final tables,” he told media after the event. “You just try to perform your best – there’s no special or unique ideas. You just do what you’ve learned before and that’s it.”

Badziakouski actually went to the final table near the bottom of the chip counts, while Carlos Villamarin held the lead.

He stayed out of harm’s way through the early stages of the final table and chipped up slowly as Leng busted in ninth place to Lin, Vieira was eliminated by Villamarin in eighth, who fell in seventh at the hands of Chidwick.

Once six-handed play began, Badziakouski vaulted into the chip lead by winning a massive pot off Chidwick. Badziakouski defended his big blind with ASpade SuitQHeart Suit and check-called three streets on a AHeart Suit9Heart Suit3Club SuitKSpade Suit8Spade Suit board to scoop a pot of nearly 40 big blinds against Chidwick’s ADiamond SuitJClub Suit.

From there, Badziakouski applied relentless pressure and continued to extend his lead.

He all but eliminated Chidwick a few levels later after the British pro bet all but one 25,000-denomination chip on a flop of JDiamond Suit8Heart Suit5Heart Suit and was called by Badziakouski. After both players checked the turn, Badziakouski bet the river and Chidwick folded, leaving himself with 25,000 when the blinds were 150,000-300,000.

The single-chip, however, allowed Chidwick to ladder up the pay scale as Imirovic was eliminated by Lin in sixth when he got his last three big blinds into the middle with ADiamond SuitQDiamond Suit against Lin’s 8Spade Suit7Club Suit.

The board came JDiamond Suit7Spade Suit5Diamond Suit2Club Suit10Club Suit, which eliminated Imsirovic in sixth and essentially gave Chidwick an extra $89,000 when he was eliminated in fifth by Koon a couple of hands later.

Badziakouski won a flip with QSpade SuitQHeart Suit against Koon’s ADiamond SuitKClub Suit to eliminate him in fourth and dispatched of Koon’s fellow GGPoker Ambassador Negreanu in third to get heads-up with Lin with 27,000,000 of the 34,000,000 chips in play.

It was Negreanu’s second third-place finish in the last few days after his final table of the $50,000 pot-limit Omaha. Over a four-day span, the poker legend cashed for $1.18 million.

It looked as if Badziakouski would cruise to his first WSOP title, but Lin was no pushover and would force Badziakouski to face some adversity en route to it.

Without a single double up, over the course of the next level and a half, Lin flipped the chip counts and it was the American with 27,000,000 in chips.

Badziakouski then doubled up when he called off his 11 big blind-stack with KClub Suit6Spade Suit against Lin’s 10Heart Suit4Heart Suit. Lin flopped a four, but Badziakouski rivered a six to cut the chip deficit to 2-1. After a couple of non-showdown pots, Badziakouski regained a slight lead of his own, and one that he wouldn’t give away again.

He extended the lead and ultimately got the last of Ren’s chips in the middle with Badziakouski showing ASpade Suit5Heart Suit against Lin’s KDiamond Suit7Spade Suit.

The board ran out 9Diamond Suit8Heart Suit2Heart Suit8Spade Suit9Club Suit. Badziakouski won the pot with ace-high and Lin earned a career-best $903,610 for his runner-up finish.

Final Table Results:

Place Player Earnings POY Points PokerGO
1 Mikita Badziakouski $1,462,043 1,020 700
2 Ren Lin $903,610 850 542
3 Daniel Negreanu $661,041 680 397
4 Jason Koon $489,585 510 294
5 Stephen Chidwick $367,153 425 220
6 Ali Imsirovic $278,840 340 167
7 Carlos Chadha-Villamarin $214,496 255 129
8 Joao Vieira $167,153 170 100
9 Ryan Leng $131,982 85 79

Photo Credit: WSOP/Melissa Haereiti