Mikalai Vaskaboinikau Claims Triton Montenegro Main Event Victory Winning $4.7+ Million

Mikalai Vaskaboinikau, a 37-year-old businessman from Belarus, secured a monumental victory at the 2024 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series in Montenegro. He outplayed 171 entrants in the $125,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event to claim the top prize of $4,737,000. This win more than doubled his career tournament earnings, which now exceed $8.3 million.

“It’s a really amazing feeling,” Vaskaboinikau shared with Triton reporters. “I had a good feeling about this a few months ago. I put this thought in my mind in a dream.”

Before this achievement, Vaskaboinikau’s highest payday was $492,041, which he earned for finishing fourth in a €100,000 buy-in event at the 2022 European Poker Tour Monte Carlo. This recent victory significantly elevates his status in the poker world.

The tournament featured a total prize pool of $21,375,000. Many renowned players finished in the money, including five-time Triton champion Mikita Badziakouski (26th), Dan Smith (25th), Patrik Antonius (23rd), 2019 World Series of Poker champion Hossein Ensan (22nd), Mashashi Oya (14th), Chris Brewer (13th), Triton co-founder Paul Phua (12th), and Phil Ivey (4th).

The heads-up play began with Vaskaboinikau holding a substantial lead of 35,450,000 chips against Dejan Kaladjurdjevic’s 7,250,000. On the second hand, Kaladjurdjevic went all-in with J♣2♣. Vaskaboinikau called with 6♠6♣, and the board came K♠10♣8♦7♠2♠, securing Vaskaboinikau’s victory. Kaladjurdjevic, as the runner-up, took home $3,196,000, marking his largest live tournament score to date.

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