SAM GREENWOOD SURVIVES TURBO STORM TO WRAP FESTIVAL WITH SHORT DECK WIN

Champion Sam Greenwood!

The Triton Super High Roller Series’ trip to Vietnam ended tonight with a crazy finish to a madcap turbo and presented Sam Greenwood with a fun and famous victory.

As is customary in turbo events, with rapidly escalating blind structures, the stacks were short and there was plenty of gamble — all of which goes double when it’s short deck. This one cost 20K to enter and presented one last chance to rescue the trip to Vietnam’s east coast.

As it turned out, it actually became a light-hearted investigation into players’ knowledge of push/fold charts, coupled with a good run out for the poker gods. The players were, of course, impeccable, and fate played its part too, delivering double-ups and outdraws aplenty.

But Greenwood had just enough when it came down to it to overcome the challenge of Lun Loon, who lost heads-up. Greenwood’s first Triton title has an asterisk beside it as it came from the tournament that was abandoned in Cyprus owing to the tragic events that occurred there. Greenwood was leading at the time and was declared the winner.

But this time, they went all the way and the Canadian picked up a cheque for 207K alongside the Shamballa Jewels bracelet and the trophy. Loon secured his biggest Triton payday of 143K.

Sam Greenwood begins life as a champion

It was a terrific end to a spectacular trip to Vietnam, with many of the game’s leading players returning to the tournament room to drink beer and watch it play out. They were enthusiastic supporters of Greenwood, who claimed some valuable Player of the Year points to take that race into the final stop.

He also revealed that he was “celebrating” his first wedding anniversary, even though his wife was back in Toronto. “At least I’ve come home with a title and I love you Paige, and I’m really excited to see you when I get back,” Greenwood said.

ALL THE ACTION

It was the final day of the series and, with many players already departed, there wasn’t the usual snaking line at the registrations desk when the tournament got started at 4pm. However, by the time registration closed, there were 28 entries including nine re-entries, which made for a prize pool of more than half a million. And this is the smallest event of the week.

The usual suspects came and went, and the tournament condensed down to a single table. With only five places in the money, it became pretty tense, particularly for the short-stacked Lun Loon and Yake Wu.

The button skipped around the table and the antes were peeled from stacks. When blinds went up entering Level 15, Wu had only seven antes left and finally needed to take a stand with his AcJs. Seth Davies had AdQh and made the call, and the dealer gave Wu hope with a flop of Jd6d8d.

Bubble Boy Yake Wu

Davies, however, held up the ace and pointed to the diamonds on it. He knew. The 7d turn brought a chorus of “GGs”. Yu was flushed out on the bubble.

LOON’S ESCAPOLOGY ACT

With the micro-stack now departed, all eyes were on Loon’s tiny stack. He got it in with KsTc and cracked Haxton’s aces to double. And then he got it in again with AcQs and chopped a pot with Davies whose AsKc ended with the same full house as Loon.

Haxton also doubled up through Wei Hsiang Yeu, with a more typical hold’em match-up: pocket queens beating AdKc. Yeu had been the dominant force on the bubble, wielding the big stack with unforgiving menace. But this pot put a stop to it and brought Haxton into contention.

Famous five in the turbo (l-r): Lun Loon, Wei Hsiang Yeu, Isaac Haxton, Sam Greenwood, Seth Davies

The Main Event had now ended on the feature table, so these five received an unexpected promotion to star under the studio lights. All of them had been there before, but probably not in such rapidly-escalating circumstances, with blinds now flying upward every 20 minutes.

The general trend didn’t change, however. Loon doubled again, with QcJs making a straight against Sam Greenwood’s AhKd. This time the double put him into the lead.

SHORT STACKS AND DOUBLE UPS

The tournament was beginning to get a little sticky. No one was getting knocked out. Greenwood, having lost the big pot to Loon, now doubled up through Yeu, cracking pocket queens with QhJc when the under cards turned a straight.

That pot left Yeu, who had once been so dominant, with only eight antes. And they found their way into the pot very quickly. But true to form he doubled up, not once, but twice. Both times through Loon, and Yeu now retook the chip lead.

However, no one stuck around in the lead for very long, and Yeu took a nosedive once again. Haxton doubled up through him, and then a pot against Greenwood finished him off. It was KcTh against AhTc and for once the best hand held.

Wei Hsiang Yeu: From leader to fifth-placed finisher

Davies was the next to depart. Another former chip leader dispatched to the rail. Davies got his last chips in with Ts7s against Greenwood’s Td9h.

After the first four cards off the deck were JcKhKdAd, Davies seemed certain to chop it. “How can I lose?” he said. But then the river was the 9s and Davies was done. He took 65,800 and Greenwood built his stack some more.

Seth Davies: Series ends with a fourth place

GREENWOOD’S SURGE TO THE TITLE

Loon, Greenwood and Haxton were left, with Greenwood nominally in the lead, but any pot changing that. However, Greenwood continued to get the cards to do the most damage, and he next dispatched Haxton to the rail in third.

Haxton shoved with QdJh and Greenwood made the call with AcQd. There were no further dramas, and Haxton was out in third for 91,000. He still hunts that elusive first Triton win.

Yet another cash for Isaac Haxton

Greenwood had 86 antes to Loon’s 19 when they reset for heads-up play.

It wasn’t long, of course, before the chips went in for the first time. Loon doubled with AcQc against Greenwood’s Qd9h.

However, the second time the money went in, Loon’s As7s couldn’t catch up after Greenwood’s Tc9c flopped a straight on the QcJh8s board. The Qd turn left Loon drawing dead.

Lun Loon makes it to heads up, but falls agonisingly short

Greenwood is another short deck acolyte, keen to encourage others to join the fray. “I just think more people should give it a try,” he said. “I think it’s a really fun game. I don’t think it’s been as solvable post-flop. I think it’s more of a social game because more pots are multi-way.

“At first people might be a little intimidated by it, and at the start you’re going to make some mistakes. But the good thing about short deck is that any mistakes you make can’t be that bad.”

With that, we say goodbye from Vietnam at the end of another spectacular Triton Series festival.

RESULTS

Event #14 – 20,000 Short Deck Turbo
Dates: March 13, 2023
Entries: 28 (inc. 9 re-entries)
Prize pool: 560,000

1 – Sam Greenwood (Canada) – 207,000
2 – Lun Loon (Malaysia) – 143,000
3 – Isaac Haxton (USA) – 91,000
4 – Seth Davies (USA) – 65,800
5 – Wei Hsiang Yeu (Malaysia) – 53,200