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Belarusian Poker Pro Mikita Badziakouski Cracks $12 Million in 2018

Mikita Badziakouski just keeps stacking.

High-stakes poker pro Mikita Badziakouski continued his scorching hot streak in 2018 with a €1.6-million win in the EPT Barcelona €100,000 buy-in Super High Roller yesterday.

Badziakouski overcame a field of 54 entries and bested Iranian Ahadpur Khangah heads-up to claim victory in the prestigious tournament. The win was worth roughly $1,875,000 in U.S. dollars.

The final table also included Canadian pro Timothy Adams and French pro Benjamin Pollak. EPT Barcelona has become a stomping ground for soccer players with Neymar Jr. and Gerard Pique taking in the action this year.

Badziakouski is in the midst of an eight-month hot streak that would make even the best poker players in the world blush, with well over $12 million in earnings since the start of the year.

The Belarusian pro trails just one player on this year’s live tournament leaderboard. American Justin Bonomo is on a historic run that includes $24.9 million in tournament earnings.

It helps that Bonomo won the 2018 $1-million buy-in WSOP Big One for One Drop for $10 million but even without that score, he would still be on top with roughly $15 million in earnings.

Badziakouski Continues Assault on All-Time Earnings

One of the most impressive facts about Badziakouski’s poker career is that he didn’t even start playing high-roller tournaments in earnest until 2015.

Since then, the Belarusian has been a one-man wrecking crew on the international poker circuit with $18.5 million in lifetime live tournament earnings.

This year Badziakouski has been a force in the Triton Super High Roller circuit. In May he won the HK$1,000,000 buy-in tournament in Montenegro for $2.4 million. Last month he added another $5.2 million for winning the Triton HK$2,000,000 buy-in tournament in South Korea for $5.2 million.

Badziakouski now sits 28th on the all-time money list but he’s done it in a fraction of the time when compared to old-school crushers like Phil Ivey and Erik Seidel.

That’s not even taking into account the Belarusian’s online results. He built his reputation as a fearsome online player with the ironic alias “fish2013” when he first burst onto the scene.

Of course these days it feels like no one will ever catch the aforementioned Justin Bonomo, who sits on $42 million on the all-time chart with 50 percent of his earnings coming in the last six months alone.

Poker’s All-Time Biggest Heaters

The history of poker is littered with players going on otherworldly heaters.

It helps that over the last 10 years most of the larger poker tours have added numerous high roller or super high roller events to appease VIPs.

Prior to 2010 the Aussie Millions at Crown Casino in Melbourne was one of the few properties that offered $100,000 and $200,000 buy-in tournaments.

Over the last decade the European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker Tour have all added $100,000 or bigger tournaments.

Here’s a look at some of the biggest heaters over the last 10 years:

Biggest Live Tournament Hot streaks
PlayerYearTotal Cash
Bryn Kenney2017$8.5 million
Fedor Holz2016$16 million
Brian Rast2015$8.6 million
Dan Colman2014$22.3 million
Erik Seidel2011$6.5 million