Mikita Badziakouski has won the latest edition of the Big One for One Drop at the WPT World Championship. The Belarusian crusher shipped the $1 million buy-in event for an eye-watering $7,114,500.
Six players were back in the playing hall for Day 3 but only four would be walking away with a prize, although all prizes were worth seven figures.
As you can imagine, this was the bubble to end all bubbles — nothing else comes close.
One of the players challenging for the plaudits was Santhosh Survana. The Indian high-stakes reg has been appearing in every event going this year. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to make the sharp end of the event , but the casino owner will no doubt be back for more soon.
Nick Petrangelo was the next player out, exiting on the stone cold bubble.
Now, the remaining four players had a guarantee of $1,224,800 to take home with $7,114,500 up top.
Ike Haxton was the first to head to the rail after losing a standard race with AhQh against the pocket eights of Badziakouski. And then it was poker legends Badziakouski and Dan Smith versus retired footballer Mario Mosboeck.
Austrian Mosboeck has been tearing his way through the Triton series in the last few months and by this point he was probably not nervous in the slightest about taking on any opponent.
After dispatching Dan Smith to the rail with a standard 60/40 he must have been feeling he could add another major victory to his record but it wasn’t to be.
Badziakouski soon had a 3-1 chip lead and he wouldn't let go. A9 versus KJ saw a blank board and Badziakouski was champion, taking home the biggest prize of his career.
Talking to the WPT reporters, he said:
“I feel great. The tournament itself is the biggest title I’ve ever had. I just got lucky in a couple of big coolers. That’s how it goes, one of the sides has to get lucky and that was me today.”
This huge victory now puts Badziakouski in seventh place in the all time winners list for live tournament players.