Top 5 Triton Poker Moments of 2019

If 2019 was the year of anything, it was the year of the protester. A million people took to the streets of Hong Kong to protest the proposed Fugitive Offenders amendment bill. Algeria’s ‘Revolution of Smiles’ protests continued until President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, resigned from office on April 2, and the poker community threatened to take up chess if the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series didn’t put on more dazzling events. 

Three Triton events captivated the poker community throughout 2019. 

2-9 March – Jeju, South Korea.

5-17 May – Budva, Montenegro.

31 Jul – 8 Aug – London, England.

The Triton Poker Super High Roller Series in Jeju had 8-events. The Montenegrin series extended that to 13, before the inaugural visit to London capped things off with an 8-event series, including the record-busting £1m buy-in, Triton Million: A Helping Hand for Charity, and it’s at that event that we begin our round-up of Top 5 Best Triton Moments of 2019. 

1. Aaron Zang Wins Triton Million

After countless nights of grinding teeth, yanking hair, and itching armpits, Triton managed to do something unique in the poker world – host, a £1m buy-in No-Limit, Hold’em (NLHE) event with 54-entrants. 

The event, held in the Hilton on Park Lane in London, broke several records, notably: largest prize pool outside of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event (£54m), the most significant buy-in (£1m), and the biggest single payout (Bryn Kenney, £16.9m).

The uniqueness of the event saw the pros and non-pros separated for the first six-levels. A non-pro had never won a 7-figure buy-in event that included pros, and that’s one of the things that makes Aaron Zang’s win standout.

Zang began life as a Magic The Gathering champion, and he defeated another former Magic champion, Bryn Kenney, heads-up, to win the title after the pair agreed upon a deal that saw Zang pocket £13,779,491, and Kenney £16,890,509. 

When the field was down to five players, Zang, a cash game player, faced the combined might of three of the best NLHE tournament players in the world (Stephen Chidwick, Dan Smith, and Bryn Kenney).  

“I don’t know what I am doing!” Said Zang during a break in play. “I just hope for a miracle.”

He’s too kind.

Zang overturned a 3:1 chip deficit, and a vast gap in tournament experience to become the first winner of the Triton Million. 

2. Bryn Kenney Tops The All-Time Money List

The Triton Million: A Helping Hand for Charity was such a huge event; seven players could have replaced Justin Bonomo at the top of The Hendon Mob (THM) All-Time Money List if results went their way. It was a fact not lost on Bryn Kenney, who began the series in fourth place, needing an $11m score to hit the top spot. 

Kenney was the only person singing from the swanky London rooftops that he would win the tournament, and take his rightful place at the top of the All-Time Money List. As the Triton Million: A Helping Hand for Charity tournament progressed, this race became a story within a story. 

With four players left, three of them would still hit the top with a win, until Kenney eliminated two of them (Stephen Chidwick and Dan Smith), before eventually falling to Aaron Zang, heads-up. 

The reason you see Kenney smiling so much after the event is he and Zang cut a deal that saw Kenney bank £16,890,509, the largest single prize dished out, ever, and a win that saw him reach $55,505,630 – good for the top spot.

3. Paul Phua All Time In The Money Finishes

Coming into 2019, Paul Phua sat second in the Malaysian All-Time Money List on THB with $5,116,041 in live tournament earnings, trailing his Triton partner, Richard Yong, by $6,232,651. 

How long would it take Phua to overtake Yong?

Less than a year. 

Despite starting to play poker in his mid-40s, Phua put in a tremendous run of consistency to feature in the money (ITM) 11 times, 16 lifetime, two more than his nearest rival, Jason Koon.

A typically humble Phua said his success boils down to his desire to compete in every single event. When you’re competing against the best in the world, you need more in your arsenal than merely showing up. 

Ten of those 11 ITM finishes were final table appearances, finishing in the Top 3 spots on five occasions, with the only blot on his copybook a big fat zero in the registered wins column – a stat that won’t last long. 

4. Jason Koon’s Incredible Jeju Performance

The most celebrated sportsmen in the world need a platform to anchor them so the whole world can see how great they truly are. For Jason Koon, that platform has been the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series. 

Koon burst on the Triton scene when he conquered all in the 2018 event in Montenegro, winning the HKD 1m Short-Deck Main Event for $3.5m, as well as appearing in two of the largest-ever televised cash game pots in history. 

Koon would later join Triton as their first brand ambassador, and in 2019, in Jeju, he blew everyone away like dandelion seeds on the end of the big bad wolf’s huff and puff, making four final tables, and winning two while gathering $4.6m in the process. 

To date, Koon has won three titles (an honour he shares with Mikita Badziakouski and Wai Kin Yong), has finished ITM 14 times (only Paul Phua beats him with 16), and earned $12,334,232 in prize money.

5. Bryn Kenney Incredible Montenegro Performance

Bryn Kenney appears for the second time thanks to his outstanding display in Triton’s event in Montenegro. It was a smash and grab performance by Kenney, who flew in to compete in a few games, before moving on to pastures new. 

Kenney, who had complained that the buy-ins weren’t high enough for him, won the HKD 500,000 NLHE 6-Handed event, beating 79-entrants to capture the $1,431,376 first prize, before going on to outlast 75-entrants in the HKD 1m NLHE Main Event for $2,713,859. 

The two wins came two months after the heartbreak of losing to Timothy Adams in the heads-up stage of the HKD 2m NLHE Main Event in Jeju, where he picked up another $3m. Kenney also finished 4/81 in the HKD 500,000 NLHE 6-Handed event for $500,000.

Nobody has earned more money on the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series than Kenney, with $30,373,405 in prize money accrued over 7 ITM finishes.

Does Kenney deserve the accolades?

You won’t find any protestors in the street. 

Triton Poker Returns to Montenegro For Record-Breaking 10-Event Series

Mar 27 2019 – The Triton Poker Super High Roller Series returns to the Maestral Casino & Resort in Montenegro from May 5 – 17 2019 with a ten-event roster.

‘Bigger’ means ‘More’ with No-Limit Hold’em and Short Deck Turbo, and Pot-Limit Omaha events on the stately high stakes poker schedule for the first time.

Montenegro was Jason Koon’s springboard in becoming a Triton Titan, and the most successful Short Deck live tournament proponent across this strange rock of ours, and he can’t wait to return to the place where it all began.

“I could be biased because I ran really well last time, but Montenegro maybe my favourite poker stop in the world,” said Triton Poker Ambassador, Jason Koon. “I would wake up daily, and the sea was 15-feet from my room, and I could walk down and jump in before I played.

“It was also wonderful having the poker room being so close; everything is so convenient, and on top of that you get the old world beauty that’s hard to find anywhere else. I really look forward to going back there and playing again.”

The schedule has buy-ins ranging from €11,000 to €110,000, with a Main Event for both Short Deck and No-Limit Hold’em.

The €110,000 buy-in Triton Montenegro No-Limit Hold’em Main Event takes place Wednesday, May 8, and ends Friday, May 10, whilst the €110,000 buy-in Triton Montenegro Short Deck Main Event begins Wednesday, May 15, and ends Friday, May 17.

Here is the schedule in full:

In 2017, the Triton Poker Series in Montenegro was an all-German affair with Fedor Holz winning the HKD 250,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max defeating a field of 41-entrants to bank the $444,893 first prize. Manig Loeser conquered a field of 52-entrants to win the HKD 1,000,000 Triton Montenegro Main Event for $2,162,644.

Last year, the series doubled in size, including, for the first time, live Short Deck tournaments.

Phil Ivey defeated 61-entrants to claim the $604,992 first prize in the HKD 250,000 Short Deck, Ante-Only. Triton founder, Richard Yong, quelled a field of 35-entrants to win the HKD 250,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed earning $388,024. Jason Koon surmounted a field of 103-entrants to win the $3,579,836 first prize in the HKD 1m Short-Deck, Ante Only. And Mikita Badziakouski dominated a 63-entrant field to claim the $2,499,184 first prize in the HKD 1m Short-Deck Main Event.

About Triton Poker

Triton Poker was founded in 2015 by the Malaysian businessman, philanthropist and poker lover, Richard Yong, who felt there was a gap in the market for an exclusive tournament series for affluent businesspeople and high-end professional poker players set in some of the most luxurious locations in the world all in the name of charity. Funds from Triton Poker events have helped charitable organisations such as Project Pink and the Red Cross.

Previous winners of Triton Poker events include Fedor Holz, Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates, Justin Bonomo, Timothy Adams, John Juanda, Dan Colman, Jason Koon, Phil Ivey, and Mikita Badziakouski.

For further information on the Triton Poker head to www.triton-series.com or contact info@triton-series.com. If you need any information on tournament info or buy-in details email vip@triton-series.com.

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Triton Poker Jeju 2018 Short Deck Cash Game Released

 

The Triton Poker Triton Hold’em (Short Deck) Cash game from the festival in Jeju, South Korea last July was released on Twitch and YouTube this past weekend.

After 7 episodes of the NLHE Cash Game, new episodes from the Short Deck Cash Game will premiere every Sunday and Wednesday 11PM [EST].

Fans can be the first to see the action on the official Twitch premiere, or watch it on demand at your convenience via the Triton Poker YouTube channel.

Tom Dwan, who was involved in a monster pot against Paul Phua in the NLHE Cash Game, is at the table once again.

Others involved are Montenegro Short Deck champ Jason Koon, Triton Super High Roller Jeju Main Event winner Mikita Badziakouski, and High-Stakes pro Andrew Robl.