Mikita Badziakouski Wins $50,000 Short Deck Europe 2022 Super High Roller Series Poker Tournament

Mikita Badziakouski is one of the most accomplished young players on the high-stakes tournament scene. The 30-year-old Belarusian added another big win to his already stellar resume by winning the 2022 Super High Roller Europe Series $50,000 short deck event, surpassing a field of 42 entries to claim the title and top prize of $756,000.

Badzaiakouski now has over $34.5 million in career tournament earnings under his belt. With this latest win, he passed Fedor Holz ($34,373,043) to move up to 10th place on poker’s all-time winning list.

It was only the second live tournament score of the year for Badziakouski, who had finished third in a $50,000 turbo a few days earlier at the Triton Poker Cyprus series at the same venue as this festival, the Merit Royal Hotel Casino & Spa in Northern Cyprus. He won 510 card player Player of the Year points for win, enough to see him move up to 125th in 2022 POY race. He also got 453 Visit PokerGO points, and is now in the top 20 of this points race.

The strong turnout for this event created a prize pool worth $2.1 million, which was ultimately paid out to the top six. The second and final day of action started with Badziakouski well ahead, with more chips than the last four stacks combined. He extended that lead early by winning a big pot with four sixes and then when his AQ overtook Lee Wai Kiat’s AK. Badziakouski flopped aces and queens and dodged Kiat’s flush draw to send his opponent down the rail with $105,000 for sixth place.

Short stack Lun Loon was next to fall. He shoved with A-7 off suit and met AJ in bracelet winner costume and three times Triton champ Jason Koon. Loon couldn’t come from behind and was eliminated in fifth place ($168,000).

With that, an incredibly stacked final four was established. Badziakouski was joined by three other players who all had over $33 million in previous tournament winnings to their name at Koon, 2019 card player Stephen Chidwick, player of the year and bracelet winner, and Phil Ivey, ten-time bracelet winner. Chidwick’s run ended when his A-9 hit Badziakouksi’s AQ. Both players flopped pair with their kicker, but Chidwick couldn’t improve further. He won $231,000 for his fourth place finish, increasing his total lifetime earnings to over $39 million. He remains in sixth place on the all-time winning list.

Jason Koon put the last of his stack on a 10Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit7Spades Suit flop with JSpades Suit9Spades Suit for a flopped straight. Badziakouski has bet enough with his JDiamond Suit8Club Suit put Koon in danger. The QDiamond Suit on the turn gave Badzkiakouski a flush draw to go with his straights for a chop. The KDiamond Suit in the end, finished that draw to send the massive pot to Badziakouski. Koon finished third for $336,000, bringing his career total to nearly $36.2 million.

With that, Badzikouski took a more than 2:1 head-to-head lead with Ivey, who was on a tear in Cyprus. The 45-year-old Poker Hall of Famer made three final tables during the previously mentioned period. Triton Poker Cyprus series, cashing in over $1.7 million and winning a $75,000 short deck event along the way.

Badziakouski was able to extend his lead over Ivey even further before the final hand of the tournament came around. Ivey hustled with 10Club SuittenDiamond Suit and Badziakouski woke up with ASpades SuitAHeart Suit. The board missed KSpades SuitKClub SuitJSpades SuitJDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit to secure the pot and the title for Badziakouski. Ivey added another $504,000 to 2022, bringing its year-to-date revenue to more than $2.2 million. Following his recent highstakes frenzy, he now sits 27th in the POY ranking and third in PGT ranking.

Here is an overview of the payouts and ranking points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points PGT Points
1 Mikita Badziakouski $756,000 510 453
2 Phil Ivey $504,000 425 303
3 Jason Koun $336,000 340 202
4 Stephen Chidwick $231,000 255 139
5 Mon Loon $168,000 213 101
6 Lee Wai Kiat $105,000 170 63

Photo credit: Merit Poker.

Mary I. Bruner