Badziakouski & Eibinger Pocket EPT On A Chop
That the 2020 PokerStars European Poker Tour Online has only been running for a little over a week has not deterred some of the biggest names in the competition from already having scooped up some of the largest of the big-money prizes. Two big Poker names to have done exactly that were Austrian Poker high-roller Matthias Eibinger and Belarussian Mikita Badziakouski – who respectively finished in second and first place in the EPT High Roller Event #8.
Though Badziakouski emerged the final table topper, his prize money pot was nearly matched to the dollar by his Austrian compatriot – with the Belarussian finishing up the event $222,453 in the money, and Eibinger trailing only a dollar and a bit behind at a finishing score of $221,564.
A Super-Fast Escalation
Wednesday evening saw the final nine-player table take a virtual seat not very long before the first of the final table money-finishers got busted from the action.
The lot of “first-out” would be that of British contender Conor Beresford (9th - $33,035), followed in all too prompt fashion by Canadian professional player Timothy Adams (8th - $39,498), and fellow countryman of Conor Beresford, Bert Stevens (7th - $51,445).
Next followed two ousts in quick succession, as Canada’s Mike Watson (6th - $67,006) and Austria’s Daniel Smiljkovic (5th - $87,274) got busted from their seats in sixth and seventh finishing position, respectively.
Gunning For The 6-Figure Money
By the time only 4 contenders remained left in the running for the table-topping money, Russia’s “hello-totti”, German player Christian Rudolph, Eibinger, and Badziakouski were all sitting pretty in the hopes of securing a six-figure finish.
First out the final-four running would be the Russian (4th - $113,673), followed Germany’s Christian Rudolph busting out dramatically in a third-place finish (3rd - $148,058) – leaving it all up to Badziakouski and Eibinger to tussle it out for the big-money purse and ultimate bragging rights.
The final two contenders and eventual first and second-place finishers probably did good by settling on a chop-deal in the end – especially given Badziakouski’s stern warning issued to Eibinger right before the playing of the final hand, “keep going till I bust you”.
Owing to the fair and reasonable distribution of the chop deal, it would ultimately be Eibinger finishing the runner-up (2nd - $221,564), and Mikita Badziakouski retaining the ultimate prize money and honours associated with a table-topping first place finish of champions (1st - $222,453).