Xuan takes early lead as Event #2 promises first millionaire

The Triton Series Montenegro slipped quickly into top gear at the Maestral Resort in Przno today as 45 players took their seats to play the second event of a 10-tournament series, no limit hold’em six-max. Between them they amassed 79 entries of HK$500,000 (US$63,733 approx) apiece. That created a prize-pool of HK$37.130 million (US$4.73 million) and ensured we’ll quickly be naming our first millionaire of this high buy-in festival.

The winner, to be decided on Tuesday, will take HK$11.23 million (US$1.43 million) — and get his visit to Adriatic coast off to the best possible start.

After 12 levels of play today, China’s Tan Xuan took the overnight chip lead, bagging 1.876 million from a starting stack of 200,000. Xuan was the first man registered for the tournament, and clearly likes playing in Montenegro. He recorded the biggest result of his career this time last year when he finished second to Triton Ambassador Jason Koon in the short deck main event, and he is already the man to catch in this one.

Erik Seidel: A menacing figure in second place

Of course, he’s got a super high quality field already breathing down his neck. Xuan’s closest challenger is Erik Seidel, who bagged 1.308 million, but all of Koon, Alex Foxen, Igor Kurganov, Sergio Aido, Christoph Vogelsang, Bryn Kenney and recent Triton Jeju champion Timothy Adams are in the mix.

Steve O’Dwyer: The first man in a “Champion” cap

Steve O’Dwyer, who won the first event of the week today and dedicated it to his mother on her birthday, also joined the fray, as did every one of his beaten final-table opponents: Isaac Haxton, Linus Loeliger, Beh Kok Weng and Sam Greenwood.

The full counts for the 24 players who survived are as follows. Everyone else will need to wait until 3pm tomorrow for another chance. That’s when Event #3 beckons the short-deck demons to the Maestral Resort to play their favourite game for HK$100,000 per entry. Join us then.


Triton Montenegro Event #2: 6-Max Hold’em
Dates: May 5-6, 2019
Buy-in: HK$500,000
Entries: 79 (inc. 34 re-entries)

Landing Pages



1Xuan TanChina1,876,0003-2
2Erik SeidelUnited States1,308,0005-5
3Cheok Ieng CheongMacau1,291,0001-5
4Wai Leong ChanMalaysia1,129,0002-1
5Christoph VogelsangGermany1,111,0003-1
6Jesus CortesSpain1,027,0003-5
7Max SilverEngland978,0005-1
8Ivan LeowMalaysia775,0005-3
9Bryn KenneyUnited States767,0003-4
10Jason KoonUnited States743,0001-1
11Beh Kok WengMalaysia601,0005-6
12Winfred YuHong Kong585,0001-3
13Richard YongMalaysia504,0002-5
14Lucas GreenwoodCanada477,0002-3
15Alex FoxenUnited States432,0002-2
16Linus LoeligerSwitzerland324,0001-4
17Danny TangHong Kong313,0002-4
18Samuel GreenwoodCanada298,0005-4
19Steve O DwyerUnited States280,0001-2
20Antanas GuogaLithuania275,0003-3
21Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus264,0002-6
22Sergio AidoSpain224,0001-6
23David PetersUnited States125,0005-2
24Daniel DvoressCanada111,0003-6

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