The 10th event of the 2021 Poker Masters has its winner. Topping the 38-entrant field was Mikita Badziakouski, defeating Seth Davies in heads-up play and winning $342,000.

“It feels good, but you know, it’s just about luck,” Badziakouski said. “We had 38 entries and I had my chances and that’s how it happened.”

Badziakouski was playing his first event of the 2021 Poker Masters, coming to Las Vegas for the tail end of this series and leading into the Super High Roller Bowl that is coming up September 27-29, 2021.

“I believe it’s not really influencing the situation, or at least it should not be,” Badziakouski said when asked about how this win may serve as some momentum heading into the Super High Roller Bowl. “As a professional, I just need to come and try to perform my best no matter the results from the previous events.”

Being a professional poker player, Badziakouski has undoubtedly been on both sides of variance. There are times when he’s lost due to variance or others when he has benefitted from it, such as a few key pots at this final table. Good or bad, variance has a way of playing with one’s emotions, but Badziakouski said it’s important to stay grounded.

“It’s very easy to lose yourself in sorts about previous hands, which is not necessary and probably not the best choice,” he said. “I’m glad I managed to notice when I’m out of sorts about previous hands and actually try to get my focus back to what is going on. Maybe that’s helped a little, but at the most, it’s just about luck.”

If you’d like to relive all of the action from the final table, you can find the replay on PokerGO.com.

2021 Poker Masters Event #10 Results
Place Name Country Points Prize
1st Mikita Badziakouski United States 205 $342,000
2nd Seth Davies United States 137 $228,000
3rd Daniel Negreanu United States 91 $152,000
4th Ali Imsirovic Bosnia and Herzegovina 63 $104,500
5th Jason Koon United States 46 $76,000
6th Chris Brewer United States 29 $47,500

Five players returned for Day 2, and it was Jason Koon busting first on the day. It was Koon’s second cash of the 2021 Poker Masters and his fifth-place finish was worth $76,000.

Next to go was PokerGO Tour presented by Guaranteed Rate leaderboard frontrunner Ali Imsirovic. Imsirovic was second in chips to Badziakouski with four players left and the two of them clashed in a big pot. Imsirovic picked up pocket kings on the button and raised to 75,000 with the linds at 15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 big blind ante. From the big blind, Badziakouski reraised to 275,000. Imsirovic then four-bet to 475,000. Badziakouski moved all in for Imsirovic called off his stack for 1.265 million. Imsirovic had the to Badziakouski’s . The board ran out and Imsirovic was eliminated in fourth place for $104,500.

Daniel Negreanu needed a second-place finish or better to move to the top of the 2021 Poker Masters leaderboard. He didn’t get it, though, as he was eliminated in third place for $152,000. On his final hand, Negreanu was all in with pocket sixes against the pocket aces for Badziakouski. Negreanu found no help and was eliminated.

To begin heads-up play, Davies had the chip lead by a little more than 1 million, with his 2.885 million in chips up against Badziakouski’s 1.865 million.

After working his way to more than 3 million in chips, Davies had Badziakouski all in and on the ropes with one card to come. The two got the money in preflop with Badziakouski holding the to Davies’ . Davies faded the flop and turn, but a nine on the river gave Badziakouski a key double up and the chip lead.

The two later got all in again, this time with Badziakouski holding the to Davies’ . The flop and turn was before once again a nine hit the river ([9s) to win it for Badziakouski. This time, the win meant Badziakouski had won the tournament, with Davies finishing second for $228,000.

You can see the top 10 of the 2021 Poker Masters leaderboard below.

2021 Poker Masters Leaderboard
Rank Name Points Wins Cashes Earnings
1st Lou Garza 0 4 376 $550,200
2nd Daniel Negreanu 372 1 3 $433,400
3rd Brock Wilson 358 1 3 $414,300
4th Chris Brewer 349 1 4 $538,300
5th Sean Perry 280 1 3 $280,000
6th Stephen Chidwick 271 1 3 $296,100
7th Dylan DeStefano 260 0 3 $260,800
8th Jeremy Ausmus 219 0 3 $253,200
9th Miles Rampel 219 0 1 $365,500
10th Matthew Wantman 216 0 3 $250,700

In the top 10 of the PokerGO Tour presented by Guaranteed Rate leaderboard, frontrunner Ali Imsirovic padded his lead some with his fourth-place finish in this event. He’s now on 3,095 points and a healthy 794 points against Sean Perry in second place. Imsirovic also became the first player with more than $4 million in earnings on the PokerGO Tour presented by Guaranteed Rate this year.

Thanks to his runner-up finish, Davies moved into eighth place with 1,323 points and knocked Clayton Maguire out of the top 10.

PokerGO Tour presented by Guaranteed Rate Leaderboard
Rank Name Points Wins Cashes Earnings
1st Ali Imsirovic 3,095 10 24 $4,080,960
2nd Sean Perry 2,301 6 21 $3,170,698
3rd Sam Soverel 1,773 3 19 $2,573,451
4th Chris Brewer 1,714 3 21 $2,602,320
5th Sean Winter 1,711 2 17 $2,794,570
6th Cary Katz 1,656 2 20 $2,751,730
7th David Peters 1,540 3 10 $3,074,470
8th Seth Davies 1,323 1 10 $2,146,600
9th Jake Schindler 1,284 2 14 $1,857,108
10th Andrew Moreno 1,200 1 1 $1,460,105

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