The Team partypoker heater continues to burn strong with Mikita Badziakouski the latest member to book a massive victory.
Our Belarusian hero is the latest player to win a partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Super High Roller Series Sochi event, doing so in the $50,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament.
Event #4: $50,000 NL Hold’em Final Table Results
|4||Aaron Van Blarcum||United States||$225,000|
|6||Cary Katz||United States||$135,000|
Forty-five players bought into the $50,000 NL Hold’em event to create a $2,250,000 prize pool. Those 45 hopefuls were whittled down to the final seven during the first day’s action.
Hot-running Australian Kahle Burns was the unfortunate soul who burst the bubble. Burns raised with , Badziakouski three-bet all-in with and Burns called. The board ran to send Burns home in eighth and the tournament into the money places.
That hand also ensured Badziakouski finished Day 1 as the tournament’s chip leader, an enviable position to be in.
Early Elimination at the Final Table
Wiktor Malinowski was eliminated from the final table on the second hand of the day. The Polish star’s proving to be no match for the dominating of Artur Martirosyan.
PokerGO co-founder Cary Katz followed Malinowski to the rail in sixth-place. You have to win your coinflips if you want to win poker tournaments, Katz didn’t win this one. Sam Greenwood open-shoved with and Katz called all-in with . A jack on the flop was enough to gift Greenwood the pot and reduce the player count by one.
Greenwood looked back in contention thanks to Katz’s chips but his revival was short-lived. The Canadian opened from the cutoff with , Badziakouski three-bet fro the small blind with and called when Greenwood jammed. Greenwood paired his queen on the flop, but Badziakouski’s kings held to leave Greenwood with a nano-stack.
The rest of Greenwood’s chips went into the middle with . Martirosyan called with ace-seven and proceeded to flop trip aces. Game over for Greenwood.
Badziakouski then claimed the tournament life of Aaron Van Blarcum. Van Blarcum’s three-bet shove over a Badziakouski raise was made with . Unfortunately Van Blarcum, Badziakouski had initially opened with . Neither player paired their hole cards on the board and the tournament was left with only three players in the hunt for the top prize.
Those three became two when Luc Greenwood came unstuck. Martirosyan raised from the cutoff before calling Greenwood’s push all-in. Greenwood flipped over and was up against his Russian opponent’s . An ace on the turn of the board left Greenwood drawing dead.
There was nothing to split Badziakouski and Martirosyan going into the heads-up battle. Badziakouski drew first blood before pressing on for a 5,300,000 to 1,455,000 chip advantage.
Martirosyan managed to double but it was in vain.
The final hand saw Martirosyan limp-call on the button with . Badziakouski was sat with in the hole. A flop looked perfect for Martirosyan. It looked even better when Badziakouski led for 220,000. Martirosyan raised to 540,000 and our hero called.
The turn was greeted with a check from the Team partypoker star. Martirosyan moved all-in for 1,280,000, sending Badziakouski into the tank.
After much deliberation, Badziakouski said, “I’m a fish, I call” and made the call. He had 11 outs on the river to win the hand, any heart and any eight. It was the former, the , that won the hand for our hero, wrapping up the tournament in spectacular style.
This latest victory takes Badziakouski’s live winnings to $26,897,271, enough for 16th place in the all-time listings.
What a fantastic start to March it’s been for Team partypoker. This impressive victory goes with the four massive results enjoyed by Kristen Bicknell, Sam Trickett, Jordan Drummond, and Patrick Leonard. Long may the heater continue!
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