Short deck makes safe transition to UK; 100+ entries to £25K Event #6

As the main event was playing into its deep stages today, the first short-deck event of the week got under way at Triton London. And if you thought this variant might not make the safe transition over to the UK, you’d be wrong. This tournament was as healthily attended as any.

In fact, by the time registration closed there were 106 entries (including 53 re-entries) each of £25,000 apiece. That built a prize pool of more than £2.5 million and meant that tomorrow someone will win £650,000 as the champion. That’s not bad for a poker variant that probably dealt its first hand in this country only about 18 months ago. Ten players are left.

After a tortuous bubble period, with the tournament playing 17-handed for at least 90 minutes, Seth Davies was finally knocked out to give everyone at least £42,800, with Wei Lim Chin, pictured top, seizing the chip lead.

Jun Wah Yap secures a double up

There were at least 10 bubble-ups, none more dramatic than one in which Peter Jetten survived. He was all in with AdAh and called by David Benefield’s As6h. Jetten was out of his seat on the turn, with the board reading 6c9s7s6s, the apparent victim of a grim out-draw.

Peter Jetten hits his one-outer

But with tablemate Rui Cao claiming he had folded an ace, Jetten hit his one-outer when the Ac rivered. Jetten then survived another hairy moment, when his AsKd looked like it had been outdrawn by Benefield’s Ah7s. In that instance, the first four cards were 8d6sJc9c to give Benefield a straight. (This is short-deck, remember.) Then, however, the ace on the river meant a chop.

Only Davies couldn’t pull off the miracle. He had QhJh to Cao’s 7c8c. Though the flop looked good for Davies — it was 9cKh9h — the 7s turn hit Cao and the Ac river was a blank.

Seth Davies becomes the bubble boy

Chin’s lead came about when he secured a huge double on the bubble, with his AhAd staying strong against Mike Watson’s QcTc.


Wei Lim Chin, Malaysia – 6.455 million
Yu Feng Pang, China – 5.46 million
David Benefield, USA – 3.485 million
Cheok Leng Cheong, Macau – 3.485 million
Jordi Urlings, Netherlands – 2.77 million
Danny Tang, Hong Kong – 2.755 million
Bjorn Li, USA – 2.275 million
Mike Watson, Canada – 2.11 million
Talal Shakerchi, UK – 1.97 million
Peter Jetten, Canada – 1.02 million

Triton London Event #6 – Short Deck
Dates: August 4-5, 2019
Buy-in: £25,000
Entries: 106 (inc. 53 re-entries)
Prize pool: £2,517,500

1 – £650,000
2 – £445,000
3 – £292,000
4 – £236,500
5 – £190,000
6 – £148,300
7 – £117,000
8 – £89,000
9 – £65,500
11 – Jason Koon, USA, £52,800
12 – Devan Tang, Hong Kong, £46,500
13 – Jun Wah Yap, China, £46,500
14 – tbc £46,500
15 – Rui Cao, France, £42,800
16 – Gabe Patgorski, USA, £42,800


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