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Mikita Badziakouski Wins Event #2 at SHRS Europe; Can Koon Catch Up on Sunday?

April 09, 2022
Mikita Badziakouski

Mikita Badziakouski held off Phil Ivey in heads-up play to win Event #2: $50,000 Short Deck in the Super High Roller Series Europe at Merit Crystal Cove Resort and Casino in North Cyprus.

The Belarusian, who was shrouded in the Ukrainian flag as the final cards fell, locked up the $756,000 first prize and his first win since taking down the $50,000 High Roller at the 2021 World Series of Poker.

This was Ivey’s fourth cash of the combined Triton Poker/SHRS Europe series, and he moves into third place on the PokerGo Tour leaderboard with the runner-up finish.

Jason Koon continued his solid run through the combined series with a third-place finish, and Stephen Chidwick picked up his second cash of the series in fourth. Lun Loon finished in fifth place and Wai Kiat Lee made another Short Deck final table after finishing in second in Triton Poker’s Event #3: $75,000 Short Deck.

SHRS Europe Event #2: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Makita BadziakouskiBelarus$756,000
2Phil IveyUnited States$504,000
3Jason KoonUnited States$336,000
4Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom$231,000
5Lun LoonMalaysia$168,000
6Wai Kiat LeeMalaysia$105,000

Ivey also extends his lead on the SHRS Europe series leaderboard with the finish, which puts him over $2.2 million on the series. Badziakouski jumped into fifth with the win and Koon makes an appearance in eighth on the heels of his third-place finish. The top finisher at the end of the series will take home the SHRS Europe Championship and a $25,000 bonus.

SHRS Europe Championship Standings

RankPlayerCountryPoints
1Phil IveyUnited States1,341
2Andras NemethHungary700
3Winfred YuHong Kong700
4Elton TsangHong Kong653
5Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus633
6Tom VogelsangNetherlands616
7Laszlo BujtasHungary606
8Jason KoonUnited States575
9Wai Kiat LeeMalaysia567
10Ivan LeowMalaysia537

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Event #3 Gets Underway

Danny Tang is the chip leader at the end of Day 1 of Event #3: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em, and sits with a clear margin over Romania's Liviu Ignat in second. The tournament drew 64 entrants to generate a prize pool of $1,600,000.

Ali Imsirovic remains in the hunt yet again this week, and he has secured at least $64,000 in prize money, meaning he will add to his lead on the PokerGo Tour leaderboard with a cashing finish. Koon is also back in the mix, continuing his consistent run of Day 2s in North Cyprus. Andras Nemeth will look to add another victory to his impressive week, while Matthias Eibinger looks to do the same after also winning during the Triton portion of the festival.

Each of the returning nine players has their sights set on the top prize of $432,000.

SHRS Europe Event #3: $25,000 NLH Day 2 Chip Counts

RankNameCountryChip Count
1Danny TangHong Kong1,885,000
2Liviu IgnatRomania1,100,000
3Matthias EibingerAustria1,005,000
4Ali ImsirovicBosnia and Herzegovina840,000
5Andras NemethHungary825,000
6Jason KoonUnited States660,000
7Sinan UnluTurkey645,000
8Daniel DvoressCanada640,000
9Marius Gierse Germany405,000

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Where to Watch the Final Table?

The livestream will kick off once the final table is reached on Sunday, April 10 and the action will air with David Tuchman and Brent Hanks doing the commentary on the PokerGo YouTube channel. Action is expected to go live after the first elimination when the event begins at 7 a.m ET and 4 a.m. PT.

*Images courtesy of Merit Poker

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Matt Hansen
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