The Triton Super High Roller Series came to an end early this weekend in North Cyprus because to the unexpected loss of a frequent player on the tour. On Saturday, the last tournament was decided, cutting the series short by two events.
Seng Yee “Ivan” Leow, 41, died unexpectedly while playing in the series in North Cyprus. With the action being over, Phil Ivey, Sam Greenwood, and others won later events.
Here is a look at the full Triton Super High Roller Series highlights.
Event #1: $25,000 No Limit Hold’em
This tournament drew a record 131 entrants, setting a new high for any Triton event to date. The previous high of 130 was established in 2019. This tournament had a $3.3 million prize pool, and the winner was a well-known personality.
Patrik Antonius (seen in the lead image) has long been one of the greatest names in poker, competing in high-stakes events both live and online. On September 6, he added a Triton championship to his poker resume, earning $825,000.
Here is what Antonius said after his win:
“These are the nicest events that exist in poker … everything is top, top quality. They couldn’t do a better job. I’m happy to play these tournaments and I’m happy to win my first one.”
Late in the tournament, a stunning call stood out. He won a large pot after making a huge read with a pair of deuces.
Antonius’ first tournament win since 2018, bringing him total live event wins to $13.8 million. Fahredin Mustafov of Bulgaria placed second for $557,000, while Steve O’Dwyer of Ireland finished third for $362,000.
Event #2: $30,000 NLHE Six-Handed
Ben Tollerene of the United States added his name to the Triton winners list after winning $807,927 in a field of 77 entrants and 46 re-entries. Tollerene, who is originally from Texas, has won $10.6 million in live tournaments.
PartyPoker ambassador Yuri Martins Dzivielevski of Brazil came in second place with $749,073. Stephen Chidwick of England finished third with $408,000.
Event #3: $50,000 NLHE Six-Handed
The interest in this event grew much higher than expected. Pieter Aerts of Germany found the title for a $1.5 million payout. The event received 72 entrants and 45 re-entries for a total prize money of $5.9 million.
The victory rounds off an incredible month for Aerts, who won a World Series of Poker bracelet in the WSOP Online at GGPoker in August. He took home $400,213 in the $5,000 NLHE Six-Handed Championship. Only a few days later, the Belgian finished third in the $10,000 Super Million$ High Roller for $586,020.
In less than three weeks, all of this totaled up to more than $2 million in prizes. Sam Grafton of the United Kingdom finished second in the Triton race for $994,500. Tollerene kept up his good form, finishing fourth for $535,000.
Event #5: $75,000 NLHE Eight-Handed
This event marked the return of the tournament from the main calendar (Note: Triton does not typically plan an Event 4). For a $6.6 million prize fund, 54 submissions and 34 re-entries were received.
Kahle Burns won the championship for $1.7 million, capping off a hot streak for the Australian player. Sam Greenwood of the United Kingdom finished second for $1.2 million, while Seth Davies of the United States finished third for $815,000. Dzivielevski maintained his strong showing in the series, finishing fourth earning $630,000.
Burns has had a busy few weeks. In August, he placed second for $587,498 in a €50,000 European Poker Tour Barcelona tournament.
Following that, he finished second in a $25,000 NLHE Super High Roller Championship at the WSOP Online at GGPoker for $934,604. The Triton victory came after a brief absence from the series.
Here is what he had to say:
“I took some time off, spent some time with my girlfriend, my family. When you travel a lot, you start to miss some things. I was missing my friends, missing my family. But then I started to miss the poker, so I came back.”
Event #6: $200,000 Coin Rivet Invitational
This massive buy-in event was also part of the Triton action in North Cyprus. On the first day of action, the tournament included a mix of business executives and poker pros divided into two separate categories.
On Day 2, the fields were merged and played like a regular tournament. The tournament had a $23 million prize pool, and Sam Grafton of the United Kingdom won the Coin Rivet championship for $5.5 million.
Here is what he had to say:
“It was so much fun. Playing against some of the most remarkable entrepreneurs and businesspeople in the world … it was played with a special spirit. On the day the two lanes merged, players were smiling like it was Christmas or their birthday. Everyone had a skip in their steps. Tournament poker is just amazing. Playing this format is very special.”
Linus Loeliger of Switzerland came in third place with $3.9 million. Fedor Holz, an online poker star and GGPoker ambassador, finished fourth for $2.1 million.
Event #7: $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha
The four-card action added some variety to the series. In the end, it was a North Cyprus native who took the championship. Christopher Philippou discovered his Omaha game in full shape and earned $270,000.
It was his first tournament victory, and he did it against a difficult final table that included Stephen Chidwick and Erik Seidel.
The event received 32 entrants for a $800,000 prize money. Talal Shakerchi of England finished second for $190,000. Chidwick eventually finished fourth, with Seidel coming in sixth.
Event #8: $100,000 Main Event
A couple more tournaments at the tables have concluded in the recent week, including the series championship. Punnat Punsri of Thailand won the event, which had 99 competitors and a prize total of $9.9 million.
The Main Event featured some of poker’s greatest stars, with Punsri coming out on top with the best score of his career.
He describes himself as a cash game player, but he now has a significant bullet point on his resumé with $4.3 million in live tournament victories. Wayne Heung of Hong Kong finished second for $1.8 million. Here are the final table rewards.
Here are the final table payouts:
- Punnat Punsri, Thailand – $2,600,000
- Wayne Heung, Hong Kong – $1,825,000
- Wiktor Malinowski, Poland – $1,210,000
- Henrik Hecklen, Denmark – $946,000
- Jason Koon, USA – $762,000
Event #9: $50,000 NLHE Turbo
This tournament featured the last round of classic No Limit Hold’em action, with 32 players competing for a $1.6 million prize fund. Matthias Eibinger of Austria took the top prize of $545,000.
Eibinger also won an NLHE Turbo at the same buy-in level at the Triton Poker Cyprus Special Edition in April. He won $676,000 and now has more over $12 million in live tournament winnings.
Jonathan Jaffe of the United States came in second for $375,000, while Mikita Badziakouski of Belarus came in third for $245,000.
Event #10: $30,000 Short Deck – Ante Only
In a Triton Short Deck event, one of poker’s biggest stars ascended to the top once more. In this tournament, Phil Ivey (shown in the lead image) won his third Triton championship of the year.
Here is what he had to say:
“I love playing short deck. It’s a great game so I’m very happy.”
The Poker Hall of Famer earned $387,000 for his efforts. In April, he also won a Short Deck title at the Triton Series in Madrid.
Sam Greenwood of Canada came in second place collecting $268,000. Ivey also finished second at the Triton earlier this year and has a total career earnings of more than $38 million.
The 10-time bracelet winner also cashed in at the World Series of Poker in June. He finished second in the $100,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller for $1.2 million.
Event #11: $40,000 Short Deck – Ante Only
The Short Deck action continued, with France’s Karl Chappe-Gatien on the field for the first time. He showed to be a quick thinker.
Chappe-Gatien defeated a field of 45 to win the $565,000 first-place prize in a $1.8 million prize pool competition. Kiat Lee of Malaysia came in second place, winning $401,000.
“I was feeling good but I didn’t expect anything. I wanted to have fun.”
This result followed a third-place performance in the $200,000 Coin Rivet Invitational (Event 6) for $2.6 million. The Short Deck triumph finished off a spectacular series for the recreational player, who won more than $3.1 million.
Event #12: $50,000 Short Deck – Ante Only Single Bullet
The series came to an early end with this Short Deck event. After placing runner-up to Ivey earlier in the festival, Sam Greenwood extended his winning streak to $341,275.
The competition received 30 entries for a $1.5 million prize fund. Seth Davies of the United States placed second for $290,857, while Malaysia’s Paul Phua finished third for $198,498. Ivey proved his Short Deck brilliance once more, finishing fourth for $181,784.
Aside from the Short Deck action, Greenwood also finished second in an earlier $75,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament for $1.2 million.
Triton Poker Co-Founder Ivan Leow Passes Away at Age 39
On Saturday, September 17, Triton Poker co-founder Ivan Leow, 39, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack. Leow passed away during the highly successful Triton Cyprus. As a result, all remaining Triton Cyprus events, which began on September 5 and were scheduled to end on September 19, have been canceled so that people in attendance can “mourn his departure together.”
Triton Poker made the following official statement:
“Ivan was a hugely popular member of the Triton family. He was warm, generous, and enormous fun both at the tables and off – a loyal friend to us all. He was also a fantastic poker player, with a lifelong passion for the game. Ivan was a very special person, who lived life to the full, was always smiling, and loved the game of poker. He will be sincerely missed by his family, friends, and everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him.”
According to The Hendon Mob, Leow has earned little over $13.1 million in tournament earnings since 2015. This placed him third on Malaysia’s all-time wealth list, after only Paul Phua and Richard Yong.
Leow’s biggest payday was $2.46 million in August 2021, when he placed second to Wiktor Malinowski in the Merit Poker Super High Roller Bowl Europe. In 2018, Leow won the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe €100,000 Leon’s High Roller for $1,422,140, less than two months after winning the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia Super High Roller for $1,133,555 in tournament play.
Leow made a dozen final tables at Triton Poker locations and won the 2018 Triton Poker Jeju HK$500,000 Short Deck Event for $1,079,367.
Leow’s most recent cash was $59,000 at the Triton Poker Cyprus Event #1: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em, which he finished 12th in.
Despite his preference for high roller events with smaller fields, Leow made the final table 44 times in his 51 reported tournament cashes! In actuality, he finished 63rd out of 771 runners for $5,386 in the 2018 European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona Event #19: €2,200 NLH.
Because of Leow’s passing, the final table of Event #12: $50,000 Short Deck Ante Only has been postponed.
Furthermore, the series’ last two events, Event #13: $100,000 Main Event and Event #14: $25,000 Short Deck, have also been canceled.
Full Triton Super High Roller Series Results:
|Event||Prize Pool||Entrants||Winner||Prize (In USD)|
|Event #1: $ 25,000 No Limit Hold’em||$3,275,000||131||Patrik Antonius||$825,000|
|Event #2: $ 30,000 No Limit Hold’em||$3,690,000||123||Ben Tollerene||$807,927|
|Event #3: $ 50,000 No Limit Hold’em||$5,850,000||117||Pieter Aerts||$1,472,000|
|Event #5: $ 75,000 No Limit Hold’em||$6,600,000||54||Kahle Burns||$1,730,000|
|Event #6: $ 200,000 NLH Coin Rivet Invitational||$23,000,000||115||Sam Grafton||$5,500,000|
|Event #7: $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha||$800,000||32||Christopher Philippou||$270,000|
|Event #8: $ 100,000 NLH Main Event||$9,900,000||99||Punnat Punsir||$2,600,000|
|Event #9: $50,000 NLH 8-Handed Turbo||$1,600,000||32||Matthias Eibinger||$545,000|
|Event #10: $30,000 Short Deck||$1,140,000||38||Phil Ivey||$387,000|
|Event #11: $40,000 Short Deck Ante Only||$1,800,000||45||Karl Chappe-Gatien||$401,000|
|Event #12: $50,000 Short Deck Ante Only Single Bullet||$1,500,000||30||Sam Greenwood||$341,275|
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