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The inaugural British Poker Open (BPO) is on the home stretch now with nine of the series’ 10 tournaments in the books. The latest event to crown a champion was the £50,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em that saw 18 hopefuls registering to enter. In the end, it was Belarus’ Mikita Badziakouski (cover image) locking horns with German high roller Christoph Vogelsang heads-up. Sending the latter to the rail in runner-up place, Badziakouski won the biggest payout to be given away at the series, a hefty paycheque of £486,000!
It wasn’t a smooth ride to victory for Badziakouski who had a roller-coaster run on the final table, but with the win, Badziakousi has marched past fellow countryman John Juanda to take the top position in his country’s All-Time Money List.
“I had a lot of fun. You’re always happy when you’re winning because if you get to the end of the tournament it means that you like experienced every single stage. I’m happy to win.”Badziakouski said, adding, “You need to have the feeling of winning something like this!”
Only the final three finishers could earn a payout from the £900,000 prize pool and Timothy Adams, Sam Soverel and Steve O’Dwyer were eliminated well before the final nine players converged on a single table.
After Stephen Chidwick (9th) and Cary Katz (8th) hit the rail in quick succession, the remaining seven finalists moved onto the main stage, and the play was live-streamed on PokerGO thereon.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. David Peters – 1,184,000
2. Mikita Badziakouski – 480,000
3. Christoph Vogelsang – 399,000
4. Charlie Carrel – 244,000
5. Sam Greenwood – 150,000
6. Matthias Eibinger – 135,000
7. Ali Imsirovic – 108,000
Final Table Recap
Early on, Charlie Carrel and Ali Imsirovic were eliminated in short intervals by David Peters, both collecting a respective payout for their seventh and sixth-place finish.
A couple of hands later, Matthias Eibinger made his way out in fifth place.
The play was now on the bubble, and it was Sam Greenwood who turned out to be the last player to leave the tournament empty-handed after his ace-king was dominated by Badziakouski’s turned flush.
Soon, David Peters, who had been a dominant force on the final table till then was dramatically dismissed from the final table in third place. After losing two big hands, Peters moved all-in holding and was snap-called by Christoph Vogelsang who tabled . The flop wasn’t good for Peters, and the turn quelled any chance of his survival, making the on the river meaningless.
Christoph Vogelsang was leading with 1.7 Million as against Badziakouski’s 1 Million when the heads-up play began, but the latter soon got down to business and overtook Vogelsang. The heads-up didn’t last long, and the final hand saw Badziakouski moving all-in pre-flop with . Vogelsang made the call with . Vogelsang needed help from the board, but he failed to connect on the runout and was eliminated in runner-up place, with Badziakouski taking down the BPO title and the biggest prize of the series so far!
Final Table Results (GBP)
1. Mikita Badziakouski – £486,000
2. Christoph Vogelsang – £270,000
3. David Peters – £144,000
4. Sam Greenwood
5. Matthias Eibinger
6. Ali Imsirovic
7. Charlie Carrel
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