Belarus highstakes crusher Mikita Badziakouski picked the perfect time to bag a Triton Poker title, the biggest buy-in of the final three Short Deck events landing him a HKD 13,300,000 ($1,729,000) payday and the title of joint winningest Triton player ever…
Event 10 on the Triton Montenegro schedule brought 52 entries to the $96,000 buy-in Short Deck event, meaning there was $4,860,000 in the kitty to be shared among the top six finishers. That half-dozen wouldn’t, however, include Isaac Haxton, Triton Poker founder Richard Yong or Daniel Dvoress, one of this series’ big success stories – all falling short.
One man who would be in the mix, though, was Paul Phua, whose form this week has propelled him to the status of most Triton cashes of all – 5th of this series and 12 overall – with John Juanda exclaiming: “Oh my god, Paul again?” when he spotted the remaining names in the press room.
Phua is still without a victory despite all his appearances and deep runs, and that continued as he fell in 4th to Badziakouski, a flopped ace overcoming Phua’s queens and sending the Malyasia-born billionaire to the rails.
When China’s Wang Qiang busted in a very creditable 3rd, it left two of the biggest names in the game to go toe-to-toe for the title.
🔥 It's heads up guys! ⚡ Only 2 left in the HKD 750k Short Deck Ante-Only event as 🇨🇳 Qiang Wang was eliminated 3rd by 🇧🇾 Mikita Badziakouski! 💥
— Triton Poker (@tritonpoker) May 16, 2019
It might have been over very quickly as Greenwood ran QKo into aces, but Short Deck closes the gaps and let the Canadian escape.
It was only a temporary reprieve, however, as Mikita finally closed out the win short time later, stating afterwards: “This was the first time I went deep in a short deck tournament. I was losing for a long time in short deck. I’m happy to finally win.”