With just six players sitting between him and a $1 million top prize and the title, Mikita Badziakouski leads the WPT World Online Championships High Roller Championship.
The day began with a Russian being the first to lose all his chips, Mikhail Vilkov being the first player to bust, with 28 players returning to action on Day 2, the $25,500-entry High Roller Championship. Many others joined him quickly, though, as Stephen Chidwick, Wiktor Malinowski and Andras Nemeth all found themselves on the rail.
Recently, Ludovic Geilich had some great results, but his tournament ended in 19th place, busting the Scotsman for a $68,000 payday. Shortly thereafter, two other big names would join him at opposite ends of their poker careers, with Late Night Poker legend Simon Trumper and Ole Schemion both leaving the party on partypoker.
It was Pascal Hartmann who started the day as the chip leader, but when he broke into 14th place, his race was running and he wasn’t the only big name to get close to the final table without reaching it. Australian player Kahle Burns won $102,500 in 11th place , followed by Jake Schindler, Timothy Adams, and Brock Wilson, all of whom missed the final day.
It is the impressive Badziakowski, with just seven players left, who heads the list of hopefuls chasing the top prize of $1,094,460.
Play resumes with at least $155,060 guaranteed for seven players, but a top prize of $1,094,460 awaits the champion. Badziakowski will hope for better luck with 4,750,685 chips than a memorable hand from another high roller event that he enjoyed against Justin Bonomo last year.
With over $28.5 million in live tournament earnings already, when he takes to the virtual feeling, Badziakowski will have every chance of adding to his total career profits, but he will have six challengers who will also be tough to beat standing in his way.
Russian player Aleksei Barkov is leading the chip closet, with 3.7 million chips in his name. Barkov’s $265 satellite won his way into the event, so he’s already showing a phenomenal ROI, but winning a million from an entry worth less than a well-known digital tablet brand? That would have been a swipe.
With others like Alexandros Kolonias (3,673,742), Jason Koon (3,420,295), Mark Demirjian (1,997,915) and Daniel Rezaei (1,630,432) all hunting down Badziakowski in the 2019 WSOP Europe Main Event Champion, perhaps only the short-stacked Ali Imsirovic (723,198) has too much to do, although you can never rule out the smallest stack flipping the script in no limit hold’em. Tomorrow the champion will rise.
WPT World Online Championships High Roller Championship Final Table Chipcounts: