Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju 2018


July 30 - August 1, 2018

Event Day 1 /

Event Day 1>1a /

Event Day 1>1b /

Event Day 2

Break Time


2018-07-30 18:06:19 +0900

Players are now on a 15-minute break and will return shortly. When they do, our coverage will have a 30-minute delay to match with the live stream of the event.


Updated Counts From the Outer Table


2018-07-30 18:05:22 +0900

Ivan Leow315,00025,000
JC Alvarado285,00035,000
Phil Ivey265,00015,000
Sergio Aido240,000-10,000
James Chen225,000-30,000
Dominik Nitsche220,00015,000
Luc Greenwood207,000-43,000

Juanda Lets Go on the Turn


2018-07-30 17:59:57 +0900

Steve O’Dwyer raised on the button to 3,000 and he was called by John Juanda in the big blind.

The flop came down {9s}{6c}{3d} and Juanda checked to O’Dwyer who put out a bet of 6,000. Juanda called.

On the {2c} turn, Juanda checked again. O’Dwyer made another bet, putting out 14,000. Juanda thought for a little while, faked like he might call, then folded, allowing O’Dwyer to take down the pot.

Steve O’Dwyer245,000-5,000
John Juanda241,000241,000

Leow Bets Three Streets Against Nitsche


2018-07-30 17:53:10 +0900

Dominik Nitsche opened to 3,0000 in the hijack seat and Ivan Leow called on the button. JC Alvarado called in the big blind and it was on to the flop.

The flop was {Js}{5s}{4c} and action checked to Leow who put out a bet of 5,500 and Alvarado folded. Nitsche called though.

On the {2c} turn, Nitsche checked to Leow who put out another bet, making it 20,000. Nitsche called.

The river was the {5c} and Nitsche checked. Leow bombed again, making it 80,000.

"Nah," Nitsche said, before folding. So Leow took down the pot.

Ivan Leow290,00040,000
Dominik Nitsche205,000-58,000

More Entries in the Firld


2018-07-30 17:14:01 +0900

JC Alvarado250,000250,000
Luc Greenwood250,000250,000
David Peters250,000250,000
Sergio Aido250,000250,000
Ivan Leow250,000

Nitsche Bullies Out Chidwick


2018-07-30 17:12:10 +0900

Dominik Nitsche limped in from the small blind before Stephen Chidwick raised in the big blind, making it 2,500. Nitche then thought a bit before raising to 12,500. Chidwick called.

The flop came down {Kc}{Qc}{5s} and Nitsche continued with a bet of 16,000. Chidwick thought for a while, then folded.

Dominik Nitsche263,00013,000
Stephen Chidwick237,000-13,000

Phua Calls Down Chen


2018-07-30 17:02:01 +0900

Paul Phua called in the small blind and James Chen checked his option in the big blind.

The flop was {Qd}{Jc}{2d} and Phua checked to Chen who put out a bet of 2,000. Phua called.

On the {As} turn, Phua checked again. Chen put out a bet of 5,000 and Phua called once more.

The river was the {Ks} and Phua checked a third time. Chen put out a bet of 13,000 and Phua dropped into the tank.

"Ten-decue?" he asked, talking his way through the hand. He called. Chen showed his {8h}{3d} for a bluff but Phua was holding {Jh}{4s} for a pair of jacks and that would earn him the pot.

Paul Phua270,00020,000
James Chen255,000-20,000

Chen Takes From Greenwood


2018-07-30 16:54:23 +0900

With a board of {Ad}{9c}{5s}{9s} out in the middle of the table, James Chen checked it over to Sam Greenwood. Greenwood put out a bet of 5,500 and Chen called.

The river was the {3s} and Chen checked again. Greenwood put out a bet of 14,000 and Chen called. Greenwood showed down his {As}{Qc} but it was no good as Chen was holding {9d}{8s} for three of a kind and he would collect the pot.

James Chen275,00025,000
Sam Greenwood225,000-25,000

Chen Falls to Juanda


2018-07-31 14:42:20 +0900

On the flop of {Jc}{2d}{5c}, James Chen checked in the big blind and John Juanda fired 16,000 on the button. Chen check-raised to 75,000 and Juanda reraised to put Chen at risk. Chen called for the rest of his chips.

Chen: {Ks}{Jh}
Juanda: {As}{Js}

Both players caught the top pair but Juanda had his opponent dominated with a better kicker. Chen couldn’t improve on the {2c} turn and {6s} river and left the outer table early on Day 2. He stopped at the registration desk and jumped back in, firing a new bullet.

John Juanda540,000211,000
James Chen250,00037,000

Greenwood Bluffs Tan


2018-07-31 14:40:06 +0900

Xuan Tan opened from the hijack with a raise to 15,000. Sam Greenwood called on the button.

The flop came down {Ad}{Jc}{2d} and Tan led out with a bet of 20,000. Greenwood called to see the {6s} on the turn where both players checked.

On the {Qs} river, Tan led out putting out a bet of 55,000. Greenwood tanked momentarily then raised, making it 275,000. Tan used his last two time extensions but couldn’t talk his way into a call, eventually folding.

Greenwood smirked, then showed the {4d} before raking in the pot.

Sam Greenwood955,0000
Xuan Tan305,0000

New Shells


2018-07-31 14:37:46 +0900

JC Alvarado, Steve O’Dwyer, Paul Phua and Richard Yong all returned to the felt, firing a re-entry bullet after busting on Day 1.

JC Alvarado250,000250,000
Steve O’Dwyer250,000250,000
Richard Yong250,000
Paul Phua250,000250,000

Day 2 Seat Draw


2018-07-31 13:57:36 +0900

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
12Peter JettenCanada613,000
14Winfred YuHong Kong731,000
15Stanley ChoiHong Kong128,000
16David PetersUnited States742,000
18Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom559,000
22Nick SchulmanUnited States407,000
23Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus707,000
24Gabe PatgorskiUnited States435,000
25Bryn KenneyUnited States338,000
26Phil IveyUnited States330,000
31John JuandaIndonesia329,000
32Sergio AidoSpain317,000
33James ChenTaiwan213,000
34Ivan LeowMalaysia327,000
35Chan Wai LeongMalaysia790,000
37Patrik AntoniusFinland577,000
41Sam GreenwoodCanada865,000
42Dominik NitscheGermany185,000
43Cary KatzUnited States185,000
44Jason KoonUnited States710,000
47Xuan TanChina418,000
48Luc GreenwoodCanada599,000

Welcome to Day 2 of Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju Main Event


2018-07-31 13:12:16 +0900


First eight hours of play are in the books for the HK$2,000,0000 ($255,000) Main Event at Triton Super High Roller Series in Jeju. Dozens of the most renowned poker players cruised through the opening stage and 22 of them bagged their advancing stacks to continue in pursuit of one of the biggest prizes that will be awarded this year. With 42 entries already made, the prize pool is guaranteed to exceed $10 million and the number is likely to be boosted further.

Late registration for late arrivals and re-entries will run for three more levels. Players receive 250,000 in chips in return for the high buy-in and the next round will be played at 3,000/6,000 blinds with a 6,000 ante. So the starting stack still has a value of more than 40 bigs and that’s still a solid baseline for those who join before the buzzer.

Those who have already increased their belongings through successful campaigns on Day 1 surely hope to avoid the dilemma of whether to rejoin or not and if there is still enough room to get some wind in their sails when entering with a starting stack with the tournament average already twice as high.

The current top three features players who have already fired two shells. Day 1 chip leader Sam Greenwood (865,000), Chan Wai Leong (790,000) and David Peters (742,000) are all in for just over half a million dollars. They managed to turn their second attempts into a promising field position.

2018 Triton Montenegro Main Event champion Mikita Badziakouski was among those who were able to navigate to the top half of the rankings without stopping at the registration desk more than once. Badziakouski eliminated Steve O’Dwyer at the latter stage of the day, vaulting to the chip lead at the time. He eventually finished with 707,000, the sixth largest stack on the leaderboard.

According to Winfred Yu, it might be a good thing to attract a bigger turnout. Yu was Badziakouski’s nearest challenger in the last level. Sitting on a neighboring table, Yu observed that he was tied with Badziakouski for the lead.

"If Mikita is the chip leader, nobody will enter tomorrow. If I’m the chip leader, people will be lining up to register!" Yu laughed. Neither of the two was able to secure the pole position but Yu won the virtual heads-up race, bagging 731,000.

Yu didn’t offer an opinion on how would Sam Greenwood’s name at the top impact the late registration. But we’ll find the answer in the coming hours so tune back to PokerNews for continuous live updates. The action resumes at 2 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET).


Schulman Folds the Turn


2018-07-31 15:19:43 +0900

Nick Schulman raised to 13,000 in the hijack with {7h}{5h}, Gabe Patgorski called in position with {8d}{8h} and Phil Ivey joined from the big blind with {8s}{6h}.

All three players looked at a preferable flop for their respective hands as the {3d}{5s}{6c} appeared on the table. Patgorski fired 25,000 and both Ivey and Schulman check-called.

The {Ts} saw Patgorski bet 55,000 and Ivey laid his hand down. Schulman burned a timebank and then let it go.

Gabe Patgorski443,0008,000
Nick Schulman292,000-41,000

Kenney Bricks His Big Draw


2018-07-31 15:12:09 +0900

Bryn Kenney raised to 14,000 in the first position and called when Peter Jetten three-bet to 42,000 out of the cutoff.

Both players connected to the {As}{7h}{4s} pot. Kenney checked his nut flush draw with {Ks}{Js} and Jetten fired 38,000 with {Ah}{Qs}. Kenney opted to call and he picked up a straight draw on the {Tc} turn.

Kenney checked again and Jetten barrelled for 85,000. Kenney had 278,000 left in front of him and he paused for a moment before calling. He bricked on the {Ad} river and checked again, knowing there wasn’t a way for him to claim the pot. Jetten shoved and Kenney had to throw his cards away.

Peter Jetten789,000176,000
Bryn Kenney193,000-165,000

Leow Takes More Chips From Juanda


2018-07-31 15:10:46 +0900

We arrived when the action was already closed and the cards were on their backs. It became apparent that Ivan Leow doubled through John Juanda after winning a contest with {Qd}{Qc} against {Ad}{Jd}. The board of {5d}{Qs}{7h}{5h}{5c} was very decisive and Juanda had to ship 199,000 to Leow.

Ivan Leow415,000180,000
John Juanda316,000-151,000

Chan Works His Way Up


2018-08-01 15:10:36 +0900

From hijack, Mikita Badziakouski raised to 75,000 with {Ts}{9s} and Chan Wai Leong three-bet to 225,000, holding {Kh}{Js} on the button. Badziakouski studied his opponent for a while and then called. Both players bricked the {2h}{8c}{5d} flop and Badziakouski checked. Chan continued for 175,000 and Badziakouski laid his hand down.

Mikita Badziakouski2,600,000-300,000
Chan Wai Leong1,300,000245,000

Greenwood Defends With a Three-Bet


2018-08-01 14:58:14 +0900

Richard Yong min-raised with {Ad}{3d} in the hijack and Sam Greenwood defended his big blind, three-betting to 325,000 with {Kh}{9c}. Yong let it go.

Sam Greenwood2,800,000100,000
Richard Yong2,400,000-15,000

Ace-King for Greenwood Again, Aido Gets Away From Two Pair


2018-08-01 14:53:33 +0900

Sergio Aido opened with a raise to 70,000 from under the gun holding {Qh}{Jh}. Sam Greenwood was in the cutoff holding {As}{Kc} and he three-bet, making it 220,000. action folded back to Aido and he called.

The flop was {Qs}{6d}{2d} and Aido quickly checked. Greenwood put out a bet of 100,000 and Aido called.

On the {10h} turn, Aido checked again. Greenwood decided to fire once more, making it 400,000. Aido called again.

The river was the {Js} and Aido checked one more time. Greenwood decided to go for max value and he moved all in for right around 1,190,000.

Aido dropped into the tank using multiple time banks and he eventually decided to fold. That allowed Greenwood to take down the pot and chip up to 2,700,000 while Aido was left with 2,300,000.

Sam Greenwood2,700,000800,000
Sergio Aido2,300,000-700,000

Greenwood Peels Ace-King


2018-08-01 14:45:13 +0900

Under the gun, Mikita Badziakouski opened to 60,000 with {Ks}{Qs} and Sam Greenwood peeled {Ad}{Kd} on the button. He three-bet to 210,000 and the action returned to Badziakouski who checked Greenwood’s stack and then he decided to call. They continued to the {9h}{4h}{9d} flop and Badziakouski checked. Greenwood placed in a small bet of 100,000 and Badziakouski let it go.

Mikita Badziakouski2,900,000-165,000
Sam Greenwood1,900,000185,000

Level 16 started


2018-08-01 14:33:53 +0900







Six Players Return to Compete for $5.26 Million Top-Prize in Triton Jeju Main Event


2018-08-01 12:42:10 +0900


Over the course of the last 10 days, the Landing Casino in Jeju, South Korea has had the privilege to host some of the finest high stakes poker tournaments of the year. It all culminates today with the HK$2,000,000 Triton Super High Roller Series Main Event set to reveal the name of the champion. There are only six players left in the conversation.

Each of the remaining finalists boasts experience with tough final tables but this one will be truly special. The winner will take home a gigantic HK$41,250,000 top-prize, the fourth-largest prize ever awarded outside of the World Series of Poker. While all the remaining contenders have some impressive notches on their résumés, neither of them has previously claimed such a hefty winner’s cheque.

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Sergio AidoSpain3,000,000100
2Chan Wai LeongMalaysia1,055,00035
3Sam GreenwoodCanada1,715,00057
4Jason KoonUnited States2,500,00083
5Richard YongMalaysia2,415,00081
6Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus3,065,000102

Leading the pack is Mikita Badziakouski who conquered the last Triton Main Event in Montenegro, banking around $2.5 million back in May. Badziakouski brings 3,065,000 to the final battles, just over 100 big blinds. He is just a hair ahead of Sergio Aido who possesses 3,000,000 in chips. Aido’s best result came at Triton Series and now he’s about to add another one.

The same applies for Jason Koon who has already nabbed three seven-figure prizes this year. He would need to bring home the title to top his career-highest payday which came in the Triton Montenegro HK$1 million Short Deck event. Koon claimed the trophy along with $3.5 million back then. Koon sits in third place on the leaderboard with 2,500,000.

Koon is practically tied with Triton founder Richard Yong who has 2,415,000. Yong might not be a professional player but he’s already proved his qualities here in Jeju, having finished third in the HK$1 million Triton Hold’em event.

The fifth-biggest stack on the final table belongs to Sam Greenwood who has 1,715,000. Greenwood has been utilizing some unconventional plays over the course of the last few years. He isn’t scared to put the chips into the middle no matter who he stands up against. The best demonstration of that came on the last two tables when he eliminated his twin brother Luc in 10th place.

While Greenwood’s position is second-to-last on the six-handed table, he will still enjoy a deep-stacked play. Nobody is in a critical position. Even Chan Wai Leong, the shortest stack, will guard 1,055,000 which is still worth very comfortable 35 blinds.

So the stage is set for the exciting battles and PokerNews will be on the ground to provide live coverage of the final outcome in Jeju. Tune back at 2 p.m. local time to join us on a journey that leads towards crowning the 2018 Triton Jeju Main Event champion.

PositionPrize (HKD)Prize (USD)

Koon Pays off Greenwood’s River Bet Again


2018-08-01 17:30:11 +0900

Jason Koon opened under the gun with a raise to 160,000 holding {Ad}{8d} Action folded around to the big blind where

Sam Greenwood limped in from the small blind with {Ks}{4c} and Jason Koon checked his option in the big blind with {Ah}{8h}

The flop was {Kh}{9h}{9c} and Greenwood checked. Koon put out a bet of 60,000. Greenwood called.

Both players checked on the {7s} turn and the {6s} came on the river. Greenwood led out with a bet of 225,000. Koon thought for a bit then called. Greenwood showed his pair and it was good to take the pot.

Jason Koon2,855,000-245,000
Sam Greenwood2,700,000400,000

Greenwood Takes One From Badziakouski


2018-08-01 15:45:04 +0900

Sam Greenwood opened with a raise to 75,000 from the cutoff holding {9s}{8s}. Mikita Badziakouski called in the big blind with {Qh}{4d}.

The flop was {Jd}{10d}{4s} and Badziakouski checked. Greenwood fired a bet of 200,000 and Badziakouski let it go, allowing Greenwood to take down the pot.

Mikita Badziakouski3,600,000-100,000
Sam Greenwood2,800,00075,000