Massive Pay Day For Poker Pro Badziakouski

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Aug 3, 2018

Triton victory boosts career earning by $5.25 million

Belorus poker pro Mikita Badziakouski’s bank manager will probably be rolling out the red carpet following his huge $5,255,456 first prize victory in the Triton Super High Roller Series in Jeju, South Korea this week.

The win is all the more remarkable due to Badziakouski’s triumph in Triton Montenegro just three months ago, and the fact that he dominated the Jeju final table, eliminating most of the survivors on his way to the heads up.

In fact, the only time Badziakouski looked vulnerable was in early clashes with Malaysia’s Chan Wai Leong, which he survived only to face the Malaysian again in the heads up.

Badziakouski entered heads up action against Chan holding a 5 to 1 chip advantage and despite a determined fight the Malaysian pro was unable to generate enough momentum to constitute a threat; his runner up prize was worth $3,251,376.

The big win takes Badziakouskis live tournament career earnings to well beyond $16 million.

The event attracted 55 entries, with the final table cashes including:

  • Richard Yong $2,130,212
  • Sam Greenwood $1,471,528
  • Jason Koon $1,079,120
  • Sergio Aido $826,858
Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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