Mikita Badziakouski won the 2022 European Poker Tour Barcelona €100,000 super high roller no-limit hold’em event, beating a field of 68 entries to secure the title and top prize of $2,038,596 USD. It was the third-highest score of the 30-year-old poker pro’s career, and it increased his lifetime earnings to just under $40 million. As a result, he now ranks seventh on the list of all-time poker earners.
Badziakouski won this same event in 2018, the first year the TPE raised the buy-in to a six-figure price in Barcelona. He did not return to Casino Barcelona the following year to back up that win. Since the TPE Barcelona the streak didn’t come in 2020 or 2021, his victory this year amounts to a title defense for the Belarusian.
“For me, it’s back to back,” he said. poker stars journalists after emerging victorious. “It’s amazing, I really like it.”
In addition to the tile and money, Badziakouski also received 720 card player Player of the Year named as the champion of this high-stakes event. It was his third title and 16th final table of the year, with nearly $6.4 million in POY gains accumulated along the way. As a result, he rose to 13th place in the 2022 edition POY race standings, which are sponsored by World poker.
The top nine won silver in this showdown. Pedro Garagnani was knocked out on the silver bubble, running a pair of fives into Kevin Paque’s pocket jacks to set up the final table late on Day 2. Four-time bracelet winner David Peters was also knocked out on the night- there before the final eight packed their chips, with his pocket jacks unable to defeat Teun Mulder’s pocket aces. Peters, who recently won a $50,000 buy-in event at Seminole Hard Rock Poker open, won $197,059 for his last deep run in a high roller tournament. The score saw him surpass $44 million in lifetime earnings.
The final day began with Paque leading and Badziakouski seventh among the eight remaining contenders. Two-time bracelet winner Nick Petrangelo was the first to be eliminated on Day 3. He was part of a three-way all-in preflop, with his AJ behind Badziakouski’s pocket queens and Mulder’s matched AK. A set of queens secured the pot for Badziakouski on the river, helping him move up several places in the standings. Petrangelo took home $254,822 in eighth place.
Shortly after, Badziakouski pulled off a bluff from recent €50,000 high roller winner Mike Watson to take the lead. Watson was soon all-in and at risk against Badziakouski’s AQ and the Q-10 suited from bracelet winner Ben Heath. Badziakouski hit an ace on the river to win another three-way showdown, sending Watson down the rail with $329,569. Watson also won 180 POY points for his 11th final table of the year. He now occupies eighth place in the POY ranking accordingly, with 4,101 points overall and over $4.1 million YTD POY earnings.
A classic pre-flop run spelled the end for Dutch tournament star Teun Mulder. His pocket ten couldn’t get past the KJ combination of nine-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel. Mulder flopped middle set, but Seidel picked up flush and straight draws. He improved to a flush on the turn and held from there to reduce the field to five. The $428,098 Mulder earned in sixth place was the fourth highest recorded score of his career.
Bracelet winner and doubles Super High Roller Bowl event champion Timothy Adams was next to fall. He engaged all but a small chip preflop with A-6 suited and found himself in bad shape against Badziakouski’s AQ. Adams canceled his last chip despite missing the flop, and was dead on the turn. He earned $557,209 as fifth place, which took his career earnings to $29.9 million. The Canadian poker pro remains in second place on his country’s all-time money list, behind Daniel Negreanu ($45.5 million).
Heath moved all in for his last ten big blinds with 8-7 suited when he folded in the small blind. Paque looked down at the queens of pair in the big blind and made a quick call. Heath picked up a flush draw on the turn, but a late blank sent him to fourth place ($723,698).
Paque was still the shortest stack going into the three-man game despite Heath’s elimination. He slid even further before his final hand arrived. Badziakouski min-raise to 320,000 on the button with Kseven and Paque defended his big blind with 75. The flop brought Kseven5 give two pairs to both players. Paque checks and Badziakouski bets 200,000. Paque check-raises to 425,000 and Badziakouski calls. The 8th on the turn, Paque checked and Badziakouski bet 500,000. Paque check-raised all-in for 1,905,000. He got a quick call from his opponent and needed to find a seven on the river. The 4 didn’t help and Paque was eliminated in third place earning $941,141 for his podium finish.
With that, Badziakouski took 10,860,000 one-on-one with Seidel, who held 6,140,000. It was a back and forth battle with multiple lead changes. It was Badziakouski who was in the lead when the final hand of the tournament was dealt. Badziakouski moved all in from the button for just over 11 effective big blinds with A4. Seidel call with QQ from the big blind. The board missed Aten3Jten and Badziakouski made aces and tens to lock the pot and the title.
Seidel won $1,325,084 as a runner-up, bringing his lifetime earnings to over $42.5 million, good for sixth place on the all-time earning list. It is the fourth-highest score of the living legend’s tournament career and the sixth seven-figure win he has recorded in his decades of professional play. Seidel also won 600 POY points in this event. It was his ninth final table of the year, with nearly $3 million in POY income accumulated so far. As a result, he now sits in 14th place in the POY ranking, just one place behind Badziakouski.
Here is an overview of the payments and POY points awarded at the final table:
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