Wiktor Malinowski Claims $3.6 Million Payday

Wiktor Malinowski Claims $3.6 Million Payday
Many poker fans already recognize Polish player Wiktor Malinowski for his many cashes at high-stakes events. However, for the most part, this player, often known under his screen name “limitless”, has stuck to online cash play.

Malinowski has won several six-figure events over the years, but the largest among them was the one he earned as a seventh-place finisher in the 2019 European Poker Tour Monte Carlo €100,000 buy-in high roller, where he earned an impressive $296,643. Well, this player just left this previous prize looking pretty small with a $3,690,000 prize for besting 40 other entrants in the 2021 Super High Roller Bowl Europe $250,000 buy-in championship event.

In addition to the title and money for claiming victory over some of the best players on the planet, Malinowski has won 600 Card Player Player of the Year points, and 600 PokerGO Tour points from this event. This does not place him high on the POY leaderboard as this was his first qualified win, but it is enough to place him in 26th place on the PokerGO leaderboard.

The final day of this event started with Malinowski holding the largest stack of the six remaining entrants. Every one of these players would leave this event with more than $500,000 for their performances in this super high roller. Soon after play began middle of the pack, David Peters managed to double his stack. Zhuang Ruan doubled his stack as well. Viacheslav Buldygin started with the shortest stack. He would be eliminated when his A-7 was bested by Ruan’s pocket tens. He took home $512,500 for his sixth-place finish.

Peters would be the next to go when his 4♠4♧ failed to overcome the Leow’s A♥9♥ who then got queens and nines to send Peters to the rail in fifth place with $820,000. This would bring Peters’s career earnings to almost $38.5 million, which was enough to place him fifth on poker’s all-time money list.

Malinowski would get the next knockout when his A♠A♥ bested the J♦10♦ of Adams, who took home $1,127,500 for his fourth-place finish. Ruan would find his run come to an end next when his aces fell to Leow’s gutshot straight. He would finish in third place for $1,640,000.

Heads-up play would then begin, and it would last for more than five hours. Leow started heads-up play in the lead, but the lead would repeatedly change throughout play. However, in the end, Malinowski would prevail when his 9♠8♦ went up against Leow’s J♧4♧, and then, on the turn, he got a pair of eights. He would maintain his lead through the river and win the title. Leow would be eliminated as runner-up earning $2,460,000.