Triton Poker returns to Jeju South Korea for First Stop of 2020

After taking you to a whole ‘nother level during the Triton Millions: A Helping Hand for Charity we felt like you needed a break from all of the excitement.

Well, break time is over!

Pack your bags, or prepare to tune in from home, because the Triton Super High Roller Series returns with its first event of 2020, and it promises to be another whizz, bang, wallop of a high stakes series.

February 10-22, 2020, Triton returns to South Korea and Jeju Shinhwa World for 12-days of mind-blowing poker, at the highest-stakes involving the best pros and semi-pros in the business. 

When the Triton Poker Series first planted a flag in the Jeju Province in 2018 there were five events on the schedule. The return in 2019, saw that increase by two. 2020 adds even more value for the players and consumers of world-class poker content with an increase to 11 tournaments, featuring No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE), and Short Deck formats, as well as a Mixed Short Deck and No-Limit, Hold’em game.

The two eye-catching events are the HKD 1m NLHE Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Main Event, and the HKD 1m Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Short-Deck Main Event.

In 2018, when the Main Event buy-in was HKD 2m, Mikita Badziakouski became the first player to win back-to-back Triton Poker Super High Roller Series NLHE Main Events, defeating 55-entrants on his way to an HKD 41,250,000 (USD 5,257,027) first prize. Kenneth Kee took down the 60-entrant HKD 1m Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Short-Deck Main Event for HKD 22,500,000 (USD 2,867,009).

The series returned in 2019, with Timothy Adams winning the HKD $2m Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Main Event, conquering a field of 48-entrants to win the HKD 27,760,500 (USD3,536,550) first prize. Jason Koon vanquished 81-entrants to win the HKD 22,300,000 (USD 2,840,945) first prize in the HKD 1m Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Short-Deck Main Event.

Here is the full schedule:

Amongst the glitterati confirmed to participate in the festival, include Triton Poker Ambassadors Tom Dwan and Jason Koon, Triton Million London winner Aaron Zang and the legendary poker ace Phil Ivey

Players receive five nights free accommodation at the Marriott Hotel Jeju Shinhwa World for every HKD 1m in tournament buy-ins they compete in. For example, if you compete in HKD 2m worth of buy-ins then you receive 10 nights free accommodation. 

Once again the Triton Super High Roller Series offers unparallelled digital coverage, available in English for free on the official Triton Poker Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook channels, and the Triton website. 

English Coverage:
Triton Website: www.triton-series.com
Twitch: www.twitch.tv/tritonpoker
YouTube: www.youtube.com/tritonpoker
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tritonpoker

Chinese Coverage:

ZhiboTV: www.zhibo.tv/10004

For more information on the Triton Jeju 2020 festival, CLICK HERE.

Tips From High Stakes Poker Players: Tom Dwan And The Importance of Asking ‘Why?’

Not everyone reaches the apex of high stakes poker. Why do some become such stars that people want busts of them in their garden, while others ping pong between the stakes never settling on the side where millions of dollars are won and lost, daily? In ‘Tips From High Stakes Poker Players’ Lee Davy brings you the common principles and practices he has found in the stars of this ever-evolving hierarchy, beginning with the importance of asking ‘Why?’

Tom Dwan is an intensely private person. Interviewing him is challenging. Interviews are a dish better served hot. If you don’t include the right blend of ingredients, then it quickly goes cold. One of the most crucial elements of a memorable interview comes in the form of questions, and it’s ‘the question’ that sets this private man apart from the many who have tried and failed before him. 

Amongst the high stakes tribe, you find some incredibly creative people, and creativity is a primal aspect of humanness. It doesn’t matter if you are Walt Disney, Steve Jobs or Tom Dwan – humans are at their creative best as children. 

As children we are aware of the noise of passing insects, find incredible beauty in the form of pinecones and seashells, and make the most fabulous art with our food (very often on the floor). 

It’s at this early age that we are still unaware that we are adhering to a blueprint of life. The ‘zombification model’ handed to us by our parents, the educational system and early employers. 

With children, pregnant with fire, we encourage the behaviour of asking questions, but as we enter the educational system things change. The operatic way in which we get curious about the world is knocked out of us by the need to ‘fit-in’, and the constraints of the classroom clock and cockeyed curriculum.

Dwan shifts uncomfortably in his chair, looks down, prepares to answer my first question, looks directly at me, and a lopsided smile breaks out on the right-hand side of his face, one end almost touching his earlobe. Then his mouth opens for the first time.

“I always had this thing about me,” says Dwan with a pause. “I would ask, “Why?” If I had to do some work at school, or whatever it may be, I could do it, but I need to ask why? It needs to make sense to me.”

Paradoxically, as children there is a biological drive to become part of a tribe; not just any tribe, but THE tribe. We feel it in every organ, breath and cell. At the same time, this tractor like drive to be in someone else’s gang can also lead to a lack of character. 

It’s as we approach our teenage years that creativity, and being different begins to feel weird. We start to feel ashamed of who we are. We don’t want to ask ‘why?’ because we feel judged by our classmates. We fear to ask questions because we don’t want people to see who we are. If the mask slips slightly, we are out on our arse. Anyone who has pressed the intercom only to be greeted by silence understands the crushing insanity of loneliness.

Even those brave enough to ask ‘why?’ – People like Tom Dwan – are oppressed because the teachers don’t have time to deal with all the raised hands. There is a schedule to follow, and answering questions isn’t in the curriculum.

And it’s for these reasons that we slip into the zombification of life, taking orders from the thumb and forefinger of unimaginative people; quickly forgetting about the internal war that raged throughout our teenage years as a defensive mechanism for keeping the cognitive dissonance at bay. 

High stakes poker players don’t fit into that blueprint.

People like Tom Dwan found a way to escape.

They realised there was a price to standing out, and they were happy to pay for it.

As the author of Feck Perfuction James Victore puts it:

“Knowing that you don’t fit in is your first glimpse of greatness.”

Having an Opinion

Victore believes the point of life is to have an opinion, and the artist extraordinaire once said that ‘normalcy’ is barbed wire to the soul, and that questions are the wire cutters’.

There is nothing ‘normal’ about Tom Dwan.

 “I think there is a reason that I gravitated towards poker,” Dwan told me. “It’s because I got to pick my version of what made sense to me. I would choose the games that were more fun, or seemed like I could make money; picked the hours that I wanted. I didn’t realise any of that when I got into poker, but I think that’s part of the reason I stuck with it and was able to be pretty good at it.”

I have a two-year-old, and an eighteen-year-old, and I have realised that as a parent, I encourage the nipper to ask questions about life, and yet with the boy becoming a man, I slip into a modus operandi of forcing my opinion on him. 

There are times when my son has voiced controversial opinions, and rather than explore the reason why I have taken out my Nunchuks and smashed every word to bits the moment it leaves his lips. I see him in me, and why not – he trusts me and wants to emulate me in many ways. 

Speaking to Tom Dwan and many other high stakes poker players I see the value of raising children to trust their opinion so that they can share it with the world either verbally or through a form of artistic impression or creative endeavour. 

We have to feel the fear that other people will not like what we have to say and to say it all the same, and we do this by training our voice and allowing it to evolve, and most specifically, to sing, because if it doesn’t create a crescendo then how will anyone ever hear it? We need to replace the dulcet tones of zombification with a chorus of hues that illuminates the chandeliers of life. 

Why We Care.

Bernadette Jiwa is a marketing genius, author of a myriad of top-notch books, and the creator of The Right Company. Jiwa believes the ability to ask the right questions is the key to a successful company, and I will further that by replacing ‘company’ with ‘person’. 

Jiwa wants marketers to ask: “Why will people care about this?” 

I believe Dwan and many of his peers, have become accustomed to asking the question, “Why should I care about this?” It’s a question that created a cumulonimbus of speech bubbles that led to the world of high stakes poker.

Why does this idea matter to me?

Why should I give this my priority?

Dwan learned from a young age the compelling need to ask the right questions at the right time and to discern and prioritise essential tasks that emerged from these questions. 

In becoming a ‘question-asking machine’ Dwan also dug deeper than most, mining the gold that appeared on the face of the root cause rather than dilly-dallying with the symptoms like so many of us do. 

The secret to creativity is curiosity.

The secret to curiosity lies in the questions. 

And it couldn’t have been easy for Dwan and his peers. Nobody likes a rock, and some teachers are no different. The kid with no curiosity, the one who never raises his hand, is no problem at all. The Rocks are easily managed when compared to the kid who can’t keep still, and won’t stop asking, ‘why?’

It’s the same in the workplace.

Managers want you to follow orders, not ask questions. 

Without the ‘why?’ there is no thought of ‘how can we improve this?’

We think that asking a stupid question is risky, but it’s dangerous not to ask the stupid question.

“The worse thing you can do is deny who you are, try to be someone or something you’re not, and live a life bent and molded by others.” James Victore.

What I have taken away from my conversation with Dwan and some of his peers is that resurrecting our ability to ask great questions is a crucial skill in life. But Dwan’s success comes down to the way he acts once he receives an answer. There has to be a genuine interest in the response you receive. Let’s not question things for the sake of it. That will win us no favours. Be honest with ourselves about the ‘why?’ Poker is a game where you need to be several steps ahead of your opponent, and this is no different – be prepared with how you are going to respond to the answer to your why?

I suggest to Dwan that he must have been a royal pain in the arse in school, because of his refusal to fit into their box. He thinks about my statement for a second and then shakes his head. 

“Not really,” says Dwan. “It was more about WHY do I need to be in this box? If this box says, ‘You can’t quit because the fish wants to keep playing,’ I will play for 50-hours. But I need the reason to make sense to me. That’s the thing I like about poker. There is a lot of freedom in certain respects.”

There isn’t a player competing in the highest stakes of the game, professional or businessperson, who contorted to fit into a box, square or office cubicle. The world has enough boring, bland, bullshit. Tom Dwan and the men and women of poker who followed the same path are artists; geniuses, people who don’t fit in, and from the very outset, didn’t even try. 

Poker Savant Tom “durrrr” Dwan Joins Triton Poker as a Brand Ambassador

April 2019 – Triton Poker prides itself in designing world-class poker experiences, and for that, you need the counsel of world-class poker players. For this reason, Triton Poker is delighted to announce Tom “durrrr” Dwan as the latest brand ambassador. 

Dwan has been a supporter of the Triton Poker Series since inception. In recent years, Triton has been the only window into the life of one of poker’s most private and peerless performers. As a brand ambassador that relationship will delve deeper than ever before. 

In the early 2000s, Dwan rose to prominence competing in online cash games under the moniker ‘durrrr,’ where Dwan turned a $50 online deposit into a net profit of more than $2m. Dwan has also cashed for $3.1m playing live tournaments, but the live cash games are where Dwan has earned his bread and butter in recent years.

Dwan is the second world-class poker player to join Triton Poker as a brand ambassador after Jason Koon arrived in January, and Koon is delighted with the appointment.

“I’m thrilled to be in the company of Tom Dwan as a Triton Ambassador,” said Koon. “When I began my journey as a poker player Tom was already crushing the biggest games in the world. When the poker action started booming in Asia Tom was one of the first to dive into the action. He’s one of the most exciting players to watch, and play against, and I can’t think of a better addition to the Triton roster.”

Dwan will represent the brand for the first time during The Triton Poker Series in Montenegro May 5 – 17 where the team plan to host their biggest tournament series to date. 

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.

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.

Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Returns to Jeju, South Korea

Jan 28 2019 (Jeju, South Korea) – Triton Poker’s Super High Roller Series (SHR) returns March 2 – 9, 2019 with the first of five international stops that will cement the tour’s position as the leading high stakes poker tournament series in the world. 

For eight days, throughout six tournaments, the world’s leading professionals and amateurs alike will flock to Korea’s Jeju Island to lock horns and share lots of laughs in six high stakes tournaments, including the world’s first Short-Deck, Ante-Only Bounty event. 

As in 2018, the Landing Casino in Jeju’s Shinhwa World will be the home of the most fearsome and fun high stakes poker cash games and tournaments anywhere on the globe, culminating in an HKD 2,000,000 (KRW 140,000,000) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Triton SHR Series Main Event. 

The Full Schedule

Sat 2 Mar: HKD 250k (KRW 35m) Short-Deck, Ante-Only (Day 1)**
Sun 3 Mar: HKD 250k (KRW 35m)  Short-Deck, Ante-Only (Day 2)* 
Sun 3 Mar: HKD 250k (KRW 35m) + 250k (KRW 35m) Short-Deck, Ante-Only Bounty (Day 1)**
Mon 4 Mar: HKD 250k (KRW 35m) +250k (KRW 35m) Short-Deck, Ante-Only Bounty (Day 2)*
Mon 4 Mar: HKD 500k (KRW 70m) No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed (Day 1)**
Tue 5 Mar: HKD 500k (KRW 70m) No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed (Day 2)*
Tue 5 Mar: HKD 1m (KRW 140m) Short-Deck, Ante-Only (Day 1)*
Wed 6 Mar: HKD 1m (KRW 140m) Short-Deck, Ante-Only (Day 2)*
Thu 7 Mar: HKD 2m (KRW 280m) No-Limit Hold’em Main Event (Day 1)*
Fri 8 Mar: HKD 2m (KRW 280m) No-Limit Hold’em Main Event (Day 2)*
Fri 8 Mar: HKD 1m (KRW 140m) No-Limit Hold’em Refresh (Day 1)**
Sat 9 Mar: HKD 2m (KRW 280m) No-Limit Hold’em Main Event (Day 3)*
Sat 9 Mar: HKD 1m (KRW 140m) No-Limit Hold’em Refresh (Day 2)**
* Indicates a 2 pm local start time.
** Indicates a 4 pm local start time.

Players confirmed include the 10-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, Phil Ivey, the inimitable Tom Dwan, Triton Poker SHR Ambassador Jason Koon, and one of the stars of 2018, and the defending champion of the 2018 No-Limit Hold’em SHR Series Main Event in Jeju, Mikita Badziakouski.

Players who compete in both the HKD 2,000,000 Triton Poker SHR Main Event, and one other side event, will enjoy free accommodation for nine nights at the Jeju Shinhwa World Marriot Resort. The Landing Resort Hotel and Somerset Jeju Shinhwa World are also walking distance from the casino.

The Triton Poker SHR Series also offers unrivalled broadcast coverage across a myriad of platforms with the dynamic duo of Twitch sensation Lex Veldhuis and online pro Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew reuniting for the English stream. Macau Millions Champion Chen An Lin, EPT Barcelona 2018 Main Event Runner Up Haoxiang Wang and Two-Time Red Dragon Champion Celina Lin will cover the Chinese stream respectively.

Coverage in English:

Triton: www.triton-series.com
Twitch: www.twitch.tv/tritonpoker
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/tritonpoker
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tritonpoker

Coverage in Mandarin:

Pandatv: www.panda.tv/2112155

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 Manig Loeser, Fedor Holz, Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates, Koray Aldemir, Stefan Schillhabel, John Juanda, Dan Colman, Jason Koon, Phil Ivey, and Mikita Badziakouski. 

About Jeju Shinhwa World

Jeju Shinhwa World is a fully integrated world-class resort spanning 2.5 million square meters, chocked full of top-class dining experiences, and entertainment facilities including Shinhwa Theme Park, Shinhwa Water Park and, of course, the elegant Landing Casino. 

For further information on the Triton Poker head to www.triton-series.com or contact info@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.

 

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Triton Poker Super High Roller Jeju 2018 $US 1m Buy-In Cash Game Premieres this Weekend

 

After months of demand, it has finally arrived…

The Triton Poker Super High Roller Jeju Cash Game will premiere this weekend Sunday September 9, 2018 at 11.00PM [EST] on the official Twitch channel.

After the premiere broadcast, the episode will then be available as video on demand on Triton Poker’s official YouTube page.

Catch the likes of Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius, and Jason Koon battling it out in one of the biggest cash games in poker history, with the game’s Buy-In at an incredible US$ 1,000,000.

Mikita Badziakouski, who took down the Triton Super High Roller Jeju 2018 Main Event pocketing US$ 5.2m, was also involved.

In the previous cash game at the Triton Super High Roller Montenegro 2018 tournament, a pot between Jason Koon and Elton Tsang became the biggest in televised poker history at a massive € 2,090,000 [US$ 2.3m].

New episodes of the Jeju Cash game will premiere every Sunday and Wednesday nights at 11.00PM [EST] on Twitch, with the same 1-hour delay on YouTube.