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 Super High Roller Series Set to Return to Jeju, Montenegro, London and More in 2020

There was once a time when even the most experienced poker trackers would find it challenging to sniff out a high stakes tournament that sent shivers down your spine. Today, trackers don’t need to look out for broken twigs and the soles of expensive Dolce Gabbana slippers. High stakes poker is like sand on a beach; yet only one tournament series builds castles upon castles. 

In 2019, the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series hit unprecedented heights. The greatest players in the world, joined by the most ambitious non-pros in the world, skipped along the yellow brick road from Jeju to London via Montenegro, winning and losing millions in the process. 

Triton’s ambassador, Jason Koon, dominated Jeju, March 2019, winning the HKD 1m Short-Deck and HKD 1m Refresh for a combined haul of $3.8m. There were wins for Timofey Kuznetsov, Michael Soyza and Devan Tang. Timothy Adams won the HKD 2m No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) Main Event for $3.5m. 

Adams defeated Bryn Kenney to win that Main Event title. Despite collecting $3m for his runner-up finish, Adams left Kenney feeling like a spear had punctured his heart. 

But the New Yorker would rebound like a true champion.

In Montenegro, May 2019, Kenney won the HKD 500k NLHE 6-Handed event and the HKD 1m NLHE Main Event for a combined bounty of $4.1m. The Montenegro event was a monster, with 13-events. Henrik Hecklen, Steve O’Dwyer, Winfred Yu, Hing Chow, Quek Sheng, John Juanda, Mikita Badziakouski, Ben Lamb and Daniel Cates were amongst the winners. Rui Cao took down the HKD 1m Short-Deck event for $3.3m.

Kenney continued his heater in Triton’s first visit to London by winning the £1m Triton Million: A Helping Hand For Charity. It was an event that captured the imagination of the entire poker community, raising more than $2.7m for charity, and establishing Kenney at the top of the All-Time Money List.

The record-breaking event attracted 54-entrants, and Kenney banked $20.5m, the highest single payout in poker history, after agreeing upon a heads-up deal with the eventual winner Aaron Zang, who collected $16.7m. 

In London, there were also wins for Linus Loeliger, Charlie Carrel, David Benefield, Justin Bonomo, Yu Liang, and Wai Kin Yong who became the third player to win three Triton titles when he won the £100,000 NLHE Main Event for $3.1m.

The Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Returns

It’s time to do it all again. 

The Triton team has sketched three events into its pad, with schedule details and potentially even more stops to come, shortly. 

The first event takes place at Jeju Shinwa World in South Korea with the action set to take place between 10-22 February. From there, the series returns to the Maestral Resort and Casino pitched on the side of the beautiful Adriatic Coast in Montenegro, before returning to London for its second successive season, where once again, the philanthropic nature of Triton will rise to the fore.

Are you ready for more high stakes dreams?

Then get these dates into your calendars.

Jeju, South Korea – 10-22 February

Budva, Montenegro – 4-18 May

London, England – 29 Jul – 13 Aug

Triton Announce £1m Buy-In Tournament for London, Richest Ever Held

The rumours have been flying around for several months, and today the details can finally be revealed. It’s true. It’s official. The Triton Super High Roller Series is coming to London, and will include the biggest buy-in poker tournament ever held.

Get ready for the Triton Million – A Helping Hand for Charity.

From August 1-3, 2019, in the Grand Ballroom of London’s Park Lane Hilton, the highest high rollers in the global game will play a tournament costing £1.05 million to enter.

The £50,000 entry fee will go to charity, promising several million pounds to a variety of worthwhile causes. Meanwhile the £1 million buy-in — more than it has ever cost before to play a poker tournament — will create one of the biggest prize pools of all time. The champion will likely earn more than has ever been won at a poker tournament anywhere in the world.

Uniquely, the field is guaranteed to provide a perfect balance between high-rolling recreational poker enthusiasts and the game’s top professionals. The only way to secure a seat into the event is to either be a recipient of an official invitation from Triton, or to be an invitation holder’s nominated guest.

Invitations have been sent to some of the best-known and successful businessmen and women (or recreational player) around the world, who share only one thing in common: their love for poker. The invitation holders are then permitted to register a guest to play the tournament too, with these official “plus-ones” likely to be poker’s top stars.

Triton Ambassador Tom Dwan and Triton Co-Founder Paul Phua

The field will be split for most of the first of three days, allowing the recreational players to play only against other recreational players, while the pros do battle with the pros. As players are knocked out, the fields will merge for the second and third days.

Further rules, intended to level the playing field between the recreational players and the professionals, include a prohibition on sunglasses, hats and hoodies. Players will not be allowed to cover any part of their body from the neck up. Furthermore, players in the final nine will be required to wear a formal suit for the final day’s play. (Full Triton Million Details Here)

The full Triton Super High Roller Series London festival will last for 10 days and feature at least seven events. Confirmed events and starting days so far are:

Note: Schedule subject to change, and other events may be added.

VENUE
London Hilton on Park Lane Grand Ballroom
Address: 22 PARK LANE, LONDON, W1K 1BE, UNITED KINGDOM

Please check out the Triton London 2019 Landing page for more information.

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