After a rollercoaster final table, partypoker pro Mikita Badziakouski has won Event #9 of the British Poker Open for the biggest winners prize yet this Series, a massive £486,000, beating German high roller Christoph Vogelsang heads-up for the win.
A LONG RUN TO THE MONEY
The battle to win Event #9 was a long way off for the nine players who made the final table, with Cary Katz and Stephen Chidwick both busting before the lights, cameras and plenty of action descended on the table for PokerGO viewers.
When the live stream did start, the only British player at the table would depart first, Charlie Carrel’s flopped two-pair outdrawn by David Peters’ Broadway on the turn and call to Carrel’s shove on the river.
THE BUBBLE BURSTS
Sam Greenwood was the only man who could win this event and remain in the hunt to reign in Sam Soverel, but that dream died when the Canadian busted on the bubble, having outlasted Ali Imsirovic and Matthias Eibinger, but not found the money.
Greenwood made his move with two overs the flop and a gutshot to Broadway. But Mikita Badziakouski made the call with his flush draw and it came in right there on the turn to skittle Sam Greenwood’s dreams of overhauling the Event #9 field, meaning Sam Soverel was crowned 2019 British Poker Open Champion without even needing to be at the table, his two victories, two runner-up placings and a third-place finish all contributing to his steamrollering of the series.
PETERS CRASHES FROM LEADER TO LOSER
David Peters was a healthy chip leader just two hands before his participation ended, proving yet again that no limit hold’em is a most brutal of formats, able to snatch dreams away as quickly as it can fulfil them. Rarely is anyone more than two disastrous hands from swapping glory for defeat and Peters was gone in exactly that fashion.
First, Peters was counterfeited in a coinflip situation, before moving all-in in the next had with ace-jack, only to run into pocket aces, the German pro Christoph Vogelsang being the beneficiary on each occasion.
HEADS-UP FLIPS THE SCRIPT
The heads-up battle was a completely one-sided affair, and not in favor of the man who went into the battle ahead in the counts. Vogelsang was beaten into submission by a rampant Mikita Badziakouski, with the partypoker pro flushing, dominating and value-betting for fun, only pausing to double Vogelsang’s micro-stack when the latter held pocket aces.
Soon after, with blinds agreed to be reduced to just ten minutes rather than thirty, no further levels were needed. Badziakouski pushed with ten-nine, Vogelsang called it off with ten-eight, and the run out saw Mikita Badziakouski crowned champion.
A MODEST MAN
Having won the biggest single prize yet in this 2019 British Poker Open, a huge £486,000, Mikita Badziakouski was humble in victory.
“I had a lot of fun,” said Badziakouski. “You’re always happy when you’re winning because if you get to the end of the tournament it means that you like experienced every single stage. I’m happy to win.”
The Belarussian performed superbly, and after so many victories in his career, leapfrogging John Juanda in the all-time money list with this victory, it’s still all about winning for him.
“You need to have the feeling of winning something like this!” he said.
Congratulations to Mikita Badziakouski, winning of Event #9 of the British Poker Open.
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