Belarusian Mikita Badziakouski Binks Macau Poker Cup High Roller to $5M in Winnings Over Year

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

Mikita Badziakouski added to his lead atop the Belarus poker money list that was all-time. He sits with over $6.6 million, almost $4 million ahead of the closest competition. (Picture: PokerStars)

High Roller Belarusian Win

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

Badziakouski began heads-up a huge lead over Spain’s Raul Martinez, and it didn’t take long for things to come to a head. In the final hand, Martinez moved all in holding K♠4♣ and Badziakouski called with a dominating K♦10♦. The board ran out 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 after the win. “I was just playing my regular game.”

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

Final Table Results
1 Mikita Badziakouski (Belarus) HK$2,324,000/$297,169
two 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 at 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 area to acquire the Freezeout Macau Poker Cup 28 Red Dragon for HK$3,055,000/$390,692.

Zheng had to go through Junhao Hong in play to win the title. The duo began 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 remainder 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 struck the railroad in second place. In terms of Zheng, it was his second major win after prevailing in Macau’s largest-ever championship field (2,343 admissions) from 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 after the win.

Zheng now 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 into the PCA.

“If I can win this championship, 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
2 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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