After High Roller Victory in Macau Poker Cup, Belarusian Mikita Badziakouski Has Won Close to $5M in Past Year

The Macau Poker Cup 28 wrapped up over the weekend in the PokerStars Live Macau City of Dreams and awarded four PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship (PSPC) Platinum Card, each worth about $30,000.

Mikita Badziakouski added to his lead atop the Belarus all-time poker money list. He now sits with over $6.6 million, almost $4 million before their nearest competition. (Picture: PokerStars)

High Roller Belarusian Win

The HK$80,000/$10,229 buy-in Macau Poker Cup 28 High Roller, which featured boundless re-entries and a shot clock, drew 124 runners to make a $1.2 million prize pool. Belarus’ Mikita Badziakouski started the table as one of the stacks, but hung in there to mount a comeback and win the title for $297,169.

Badziakouski began a lead over Spain’s Raul Martinez, and it didn’t take long for things to come to a head. In the flip side, Martinez moved all in holding K♠4♣ and Badziakouski called with a dominating K♦10♦. The board conducted 8♣8♥7♣A♥3♠ and Martinez had to settle for second place, but nevertheless a career-high $200,755.

“There were a couple of very strong professionals,” Badziakouski told Macau Poker Cup officials following the win. “I was just playing my regular game.”

The Macau Poker Cup win gave Badziakouski over $4.8 million in tournament winnings within the previous 12 months. That included $420,255 for beating Tom “durrrr” Dwan heads up in the 2017 MBP Spring Challenge Super High Roller last March. To Wayne Yap in the 2017 ACOP Single Day High Roller, Badziakouski had another dent in Macau second in October for $ 516,536.

Final Table Results
1 Mikita Badziakouski (Belarus) HK$2,324,000/$297,169
2 Raul Martinez (Spain) HK$1,570,000/$200,755
3 Elliot Smith (Canada) HK$1,021,000/$130,555
4 Raghav Bansal (India) HK$845,000/$108,050
5 Matthew Moss (UK) HK$682,000/$87,207
6 Dasheng Chen (China) HK$538,000/$68,794
7 Ben Lai (Hong Kong) HK$411,020/$52,557
8 Masaki Nakano (Japan) HK$309,000/$39,511
9 Martin Kozlov (Australia) HK$231,000/$29,537

Zheng’s Red Dragon Redemption

Alvan Zheng (Picture: PokerStars)

In January, China’s Alvan Zheng, a 29-year-old quantity surveyor, finished seventh in the ACOP Platinum Series XX Main Event. A month later, he returned to the island and came out on top of a 1,122-player field to win the Freezeout Macau Poker Cup 28 Red Dragon for HK$3,055,000/$390,692.

To win the title, Zheng had to go through Junhao Hong in heads-up play. The duo started the match with over 100 big blinds each, but it didn’t take long to crown a winner. A preflop raising war saw over 4 million chips get in before the A♥10♦5♥ flop.

The rest of the chips went in with Hong holding the 10♠4♠, which was way behind the A♠A♣ of Zheng. The J♠ turn left Hong drawing dead, and he hit the railroad in second place. In terms of Zheng, it was his second major win after prevailing in Macau’s largest-ever tournament field (2,343 admissions) in the January 2016 Macau Millions for HK$911,000/$117,390.

“This is the biggest moment in my poker career, I’m very excited right now,” Zheng told officials following the win.

Zheng currently sits in 10th place on China’s all-time poker money list with $1,160,016 in earnings. He’ll look to add to this in January 2019 when he heads to the PCA.

“If I can win this tournament, it will surely change my life,” Zheng said about winning the $30K PSPC Platinum Pass. “In the Bahamas, I’m looking forward to playing against Martin Jacobson, Alan Lau, and Daniel Negreanu.”

Final Table Results
1 Alvan Zheng (China) HK$3,055,000/$390,692
Two Junhao Hong (China) HK$1,824,000/$233,234
3 Jiang Ho Huang (Singapore) HK$1,094,000/$139,889
4 Zhenhua Lu (China) HK$800,000/$102,296
5 Aleksei Opalikhin (Russia) HK$540,000/$69,049 
6 Dongqi Lin (China) HK$394,000/$50,380 
7 Minho Lee (Korea) HK$336,000/$42,964
8 Zhou Tong (China) HK$292,000/$37,338
9 Jiming Chen (China) HK$248,000/$31,711

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