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  1. As the World Series of Poker Online series gets underway on the GGPoker Network, we check in with some of the Natural8 ambassadors (aka Team Hot) to ask them about their WSOP grind, get advice for first-timers, and try to predict who will walk away from the online series with a new piece of poker hardware. With over $8.3 million in career live earning, Malaysian-born Michael Soyza has rapidly become one of the biggest threats on the high roller scene. With results dating back to 2011, it wasn’t until 2017 that the volume of his results really picked up as he notched a pair of six-figure scores while playing tournaments in Macau and his first-ever result at the World Series of Poker. In 2018, Soyza really caught fire and was seemingly at every final table. He took down the $1,655 Venetian Deepstack Championship in Las Vegas for over $588,000, an EPT Barcelona side event for $344,000, and nearly captured a WSOP bracelet with his third-place finish in the WSOPE $100K High Roller for over $592,000. In early 2019, Soyza logged his career-high score by winning the Triton Poker Super High Roller Jeji 6-Handed event for $1,420,581. He grabbed his second career seven-figure score in August of that same year by finishing in fourth in the Triton Poker Super High Roller London Main Event for $1,363,027. With a resume packed with huge scores and titles from around the world, a WSOP bracelet would make for a nice addition to Soyza’s trophy case...even if not something he's really into. What is your schedule like for the upcoming World Series of Poker events on Natural8? I am probably going to take it easy and play if I can and when I feel like it. I am currently working on another project right now so my attention is somewhat divided. Which particular event are you most looking forward to playing? Of course, the Main Event. It has the largest prize pool and the WSOP Main Event is one of the events that I look forward to the most every year due to the atmosphere and camaraderie. What would it mean to you to win a WSOP bracelet this year? It would be very cool, but I’m not much of a trophy kind of guy. But, it would still be sweet to win one. How will the WSOP events change your normal playing schedule? As mentioned above, I do not know what schedule is going to be like so I will just go with the flow. What’s your typical day look like when you’re playing online? Do you have a routine you follow before or after you start playing? Not particularly, I just make sure I have enough sleep so that I can play my A-game without feeling tired and get through the long sessions. What is your favorite way to unwind or celebrate after a big win or score? Normally, we just go to eat some good food. What would you tell people playing in a high pressure, prestigious event for the first time ever? Just take it one hand at a time and treat each decision independently. It is just another tournament after all. Tell us one player you think will win a bracelet this year? Michael Adammo.
  2. Natural8 has patched up another pro as Pennsylvania-based grinder Thai Ha becomes the latest brand ambassador for the rapidly growing online poker site. The 29-year old Ha has already had quite an impressive career with over $2.3 million in career earnings and experience battling in live tournaments at some of the highest stakes. Now, he joins the likes of Danny Tang, Michael Soyza, Henri Bueller, and Kitty Kuo on the Natural8 roster. “I am looking forward to playing the rest of the APT schedule, as well as all the WSOPC events. The $1,000 WSOP Super Circuit Main Event with $5 million guaranteed will be very exciting, but I will same my run good for the $25,000 High Roller Championship with $10 million guaranteed,” Ha said. Natural8 has been making plenty of moves as of late, including helping the Asian Poker Tour take their 2020 schedule online for the very first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ha's live tournament resume is packed with results from high buy-in events. He was even one of the high-profile winners of a $25,000 Platinum Pass for the 2019 PokerStars PSPC. But there was a time that online poker was his main grind, spending several years as an online pro. “I have been playing poker since about 2013 when I was still in college,” Ha said to PocketFives last year. “Since 2014, after I graduated and couldn’t get the job I wanted until very recently, my only income was from poker.” Ha’s career has elevated with some exceptional scores over the past 12 months. They include a second-place finish in the $10,000 Short Deck event at the 2019 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, as well as a runner-up finish in the €25,500 Short Deck event at the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe for $511,788, a career-high cash. Despite not taking home the bracelet in either of those events, Ha's success in Short Deck has turned him into a bit of a Short Deck specialist. “It has the most fun, fast, and addicting action. That being said, I still like No Limit Hold’em tournaments and a mix of some Pot-Limit Omaha cash games,” Ha said. As a member of the Natural8 team, players can find him grinding online under his own name, “Thai Ha”, and splashing around in the mid-to-high stakes cash games and tournaments. For Ha, the features of the Natural8 software, which is part of the GGPoker Network, is just one of the things that made joining the team so enticing. “The Natural8 software makes me feel more relaxed. It’s more like playing a video game instead of poker. Being able to squeeze the river cards are fun as well, and the staking platform is also unique and easy to use. What gets me excited is the sound system, especially the all-in sound!” Ha is planning on playing the remaining schedule of the WSOP Super Circuit Series which runs through May 31.
  3. Less than a week after winning the Industry Person of the Year award at the Global Poker Awards, Paul Phua took home $1.512 million for winning the MILLIONS Super High Roller Series Sochi $100,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Final Table Payouts Paul Phua - $1,512,000 Matthias Eibinger - $1,008,000 Webster Lim - $672,000 Adrian Mateos - $420,000 Michael Addamo - $336,000 Kahle Burns - $252,000 The event attracted 42 entries and generated a prize pool of $4.2 million. The top six spots were set to be paid, with a min-cash being worth $252,000. Entering the final table, it was Michael Addamo in the lead. Following the eliminations of Cary Katz and Ben Heath, the tournament was on the money bubble. The next player to fall was Michael Soyza, hitting the rail just one spot outside the money and securing a cash for the others. Soyza went out at the hands of Matthias Eibinger. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] According to the partypoker LIVE reporting staff, first to bust in the money was Kahle Burns, going out in sixth place at the hands of Adrian Mateos. Then it was Addamo falling in fifth place to Webster Lim. With four players left, Phua was third in chips and Mateos was fourth. Mateos moved all in from the small blind with the [poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"] and Phua made the call from the big blind with the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="7c"]. The board ran out [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="9h"] and Mateos took his exit with a $420,000 payday. Shortly after busting Mateos, Phua doubled through Eibinger to take the chip lead. Eibinger had opened with a raise on the button and Phua had moved all in from the big blind. Eibinger called with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Jd"] but was dominated against Phua’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qc"]. The [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="3s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Tc"] board kept Phua in the lead and scored him the double. Despite losing a chunk of chips doubling up Phua, Eibinger wasn’t the next player to bust. That was Lim who fell after Phua made a very good call against him. After a preflop raise by Phua on the button and a call from Lim out of the big blind, Lim check-raised all in on the [poker card="4h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3s"] flop. Phua tanked for a bit and eventually called with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="5d"]. Lim had the [poker card="7c"][poker card="5c"]. The turn was the [poker card="8d"] and the river was the [poker card="9c"] to give Phua the win and send Lim out in third place for $672,000. Phua took the chip lead into heads-up play against Eibinger and made fairly quick work of his opponent. On the final hand, Phua had raised with the [poker card="As"][poker card="8s"] and Eibinger defended with a call holding the [poker card="Th"][poker card="8h"]. Eibinger then called bets on the flop and turn of the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="Kd"] board to bring the two to the [poker card="6c"] on the river. After Eibinger checked the river, Phua bet to put him all in. Eibinger made the call with his pair of eights but saw the bad news that Phua had two pair. With that, Eibinger was eliminated in second place for a $1.008 million payday. The victory pushed Phua to more than $18.2 million in career live tournament earnings, and the score was his sixth seven-figure payday from a live poker tournament.
  4. Kahle Burns is having a helluva week. The 31-year-old Australian was inducted into the Australian Poker Hall of Fame along with Lynn Gilmartin on Monday. on Thursday night, Burns beat reigning Global Poker Index Player of the Year Alex Foxen to win the 2020 Aussie Millions $100K Challenge. The two-day event drew 54 entries for a $3,629,281 US prize pool and the field included the likes of Steve O'Dwyer, Mikita Badziakouski, Sam Greenwood, Stephen Chidwick and 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event champion Bryn Kenney. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="BetMGM NJ"] After Michael Zhang busted on the bubble, Foxen went to work. From UTG, Foxen raised to 160,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"] and Timothy Adams called from the small blind with [poker card="qs"][poker card="3s"]. The flop came [poker card="qd"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5s"] and Adams checked. Foxen bet 80,000 and then called after Adams moved all in for 350,000. Adams was unable to make running spades through the [poker card="as"] turn and [poker card="4d"] river and was eliminated in seventh place. Down to just 7.5 big blinds, Sam Grafton moved all in for 610,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"]. Kenney called from the big blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="8d"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"] flop changed nothing and Grafton missed on the [poker card="5s"] turn and [poker card="3d"] river and was sent packing in sixth. A blind on blind battle lead to the next elimination and gave Burns his first victim of the final table. Michael Soyza moved all in from the small blind for 350,000 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="4h"] and Burns called with [poker card="kc"][poker card="7c"]. Burns stayed ahead through the [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="th"][poker card="8s"] run out and Soyza was out in fifth place. It didn't take too long for Burns to end another player's run at the title. Foxen raised from the button to 220,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="4c"] before Kenney raised to 975,000 from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"]. From the big blind, Burns moved all-in with [poker card="th"][poker card="ts"]. Foxen folded and Kenney called with his tournament life on the line. The 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event champ was unable to improve his hand on the [poker card="qs"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="qd"][poker card="4d"] runout and he was eliminated in fourth. Burns kept the pressure on and just 20 minutes later, found himself heads up for the title after eliminating yet another player. Burns raised to 210,000 from the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="7c"], Aaron van Blarcum moved all in for 950,000 from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"] and Burns called. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4d"] flop left van Blarcum in front as did the [poker card="3h"] turn. The [poker card="5c"] river however gave Burns a straight and eliminated van Blarcum in third place. Those three consecutive eliminations left Burns holding a nearly 4-1 lead over Foxen and it took just a little more than 15 minutes for Burns to collect them all. On the final hand Burns opened from the button to 200,000 holding [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"]. Foxen moved all in for 2,290,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"] and Burns called. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"] flop gave Burns second pair. Foxen made third pair on the [poker card="9c"] turn but the [poker card="qd"] river gave Burns the pot and eliminated Foxen. The $1,197,663 score is the second largest of Burns' career, behind only his third place finish in the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series event in Macau in October 2017. According to Hendon Mob, he now has $9,541,399 in lifetime earnings and sits second on the Australian all-time money list behind Joe Hachem. 2020 Aussie Millions $100K Challenge Payouts Kahle Burns - $1,197,663 Alex Foxen - $762,334 Aaron van Blarcum - $508,099 Bryn Kenney - $399,221 Michael Soyza - $290,342 Sam Grafton - $254,050 Timothy Adams- $217,572
  5. The Triton Super High Roller Series returned with a seven-event series this past week, offering some of the best players in the world the ability to compete at the highest stakes offered on the tournament circuit. Live from Jeju, South Korea the live-streamed action did not disappoint as every event featured some of the biggest names in poker battling for career-defining scores. Justin Bonomo Takes Down Event #1 Justin Bonomo continued to do what he does - take down big- buy-in tournaments for massive amounts of money. This time, Bonomo survived the 65-entry field of Event #1: HK$250,000 Short-Deck Ante-Only to claim his first ever recorded short deck cash of $586,000 USD. By besting the star-studded final table that included Ben Lamb, John Juanda, and David Benefield, Bonomo adds the over half-million score to his All-Time Money List leading sum of over $44 million and takes home his first Triton trophy. Event #1 Final Table Payouts: 1. Justin Bonomo - HK$4,600,000 ($586,114) 2. Yeu Wei Hsuang - HK#3,300,000 ($420,473) 3. Sergey Levedev - HK$2,140,000 ($272,671) 4. David Benefield - HK$1,620,000 ($206,414) 5. Tong Siox Choon - HK$1,250,000 ($159,270) 6. Ying Lin Chua - HK$975,000 ($124,231) 7. Ben Lamb - HK$780,000 ($99,385) 8. John Juanda - HK$610,000 ($77,724) Devan Tang Runs Hot In Event #2 Hong Kong high-roller Devan Tang turned a one-outer into over one million dollars by taking down Event #2: HK$500K Short-Deck Ante-Only for over $1.2 million. Earlier in the tournament Tang was in a tough spot on the turn, when his pocket sixes turned a set and he was facing a bet for his tournament life against Mikita Badziakouski’s flopped set of queens. Tang made the call and had one foot on the rail when his 4% came through and the case six hit the river. The one-outer gave Tang new life in the tournament and he rode a wave of run good to help him defeat Peter Jetten heads-up and take home the Triton title. The victory marks the second-highest score in Tang’s career, pushing him to over $6.2 million in career recorded live earnings. Event #2 Final Table Payouts: 1. Devan Tang - HK$9,730,000 ($1,239,758) 2. Peter Jetten - HK$7,040,000 ($897,009) 3. Romain Arnaud - HK$4,540,000 ($578,469) 4. Jason Koon - HK$3,435,000 ($437,674) 5. Isaac Haxton - HK$2,660,000 ($338,926) 6. Leong Chan Wai - HK$2,075,000 ($264,388) 7. Mikita Badziakouski - HK$1,650,000 ($210,236) 8. Paul Phua - HK$1,300,000 ($165,640) Michael Soyza Hits Career-High Cash In Event #3 Malaysia’s Michael Soyza picked up the first seven-figure score of his career by winning Event #3: HK$500,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed for $1,420,581 USD. Souya has a pair of obstacles to overcome in order to hit his new career high. The first was a broken left hand he suffered from a recent snowboarding accident two weeks prior to the tournament. The second was a final table full of some of the world’s best players including Jason Koon, Byrn Kenney, Ivan Leow, and eventual runner-up, high stakes crusher, Sam Greenwood. “Feels pretty good, it’s nice to win something,” Soyza said after his victory. “You just play your hands and hopefully it works out well. Win flips, you know? That’s how you do it.” With the new million-dollar score, Soyza soars over $5 million in lifetime recorded cashes. Event #3 Final Table Payouts 1. Michael Soyza - HK$11,150,000 ($1,420,581) 2. Sam Greenwood - HK$8,000,000 ($1,019,251) 3. Ivan Leow - HK$5,200,000 ($662,513) 4. Bryn Kenney - HK$3,921,000 ($499,560) 5. Beh Kok Weng - HK$3,040,000 ($387,315) 6. Jason Koon - HK$2,360,000 ($300,679) Jason Koon Wins His Second Triton Title In Event #5 Superstar high roller Jason Koon is quickly becoming known as the king of Short Deck after taking down his second seven-figure Triton Poker payday in the variant. Koon bested the field of 81 entries, including eventual runner-up and Triton founder Paul Phua, in Event #4: HK$1,000,000 Short Deck Ante Only for a $2,840,945 first place prize. The multi-million dollar score marks the seventh seven-figure cash in Koon’s remarkable career and his second largest haul of all time. With the victory, Koon rises to just under $27M in lifetime earnings ($26.938M). In May 2018, Koon took home the title in the same event during the Triton Super High Roller Series in Montenegro where he won a career-high cash of $3,579,836. To date, over $7.5 million of Koon’s career recorded cashes comes from Short Deck events, making him the unofficial leader of the short deck all-time money leader. Event #5 Final Table Payouts 1. Jason Koon - HK$22,300,000 ($2,840,945) 2. Paul Phua - HK$15,900,000 ($2,025,607) 3. Furkat Rakhimov - HK$10,440,000 ($1,330,021) 4. Jun Wang - HK$7,900,000 ($1,006,434) 5. Gabe Patgorski - HK$6,100,000 ($777,120) 6. Richard Yong - HK$4.700.000 ($598,764) 7. John Juanda - HK$3,700,000 ($471,368) 8. Wai Kin Yong - HK$2,900.000 ($369,450) Timothy Adams Takes Down Main Event Timothy Adams and Byrn Kenney navigated their way through an 'insanely tough' final table of the HK$2Million Triton Jeju Main Event to face off in heads-up play at which time the duo negotiated a deal that locked up career-high cashes for both high rollers. Adams would take home the title of 2019 Triton Jeju Main Event champion and a $3.54 million haul. Kenney also secured just over $3 million for second place. Adams entered the day with the largest stack with Kenney not too terribly far behind him. The rest of the final table, however, needed to find a way to spin up their short stacks. On the first hand of play, Isaac Haxton fell in a clash with Kenney. On the second hand of play, David Peters busted to Peter Jetten. Eventually, Kenney sent both Jetten and Dan Smith, who made a last-minute decision to fly to Asia to play in the Main Event, to the rail. Adams and Kenney secured their multi-million dollar chop and left $500,000 on the table to battle over. Adams ended up on the right side of a cooler for all the chips. Adams, holding [poker card="8d"][poker card="5s"] and Kenney holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="4s"] saw a board run out [poker card="4d"][poker card="3s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"] and in the end, the pair put all the chips in the middle and Adams ended up with the trophy and the half-million on top. While Adams has earned plenty of six-figure paydays, nothing in his career compared to this accomplishment. It’s his first million dollar score and sends his career earnings to over $14 million. Kenney’s lifetime total now surpasses $30 million as he jumped to sixth place on the All-Time Money List. Triton Jeju Main Event Final Table Payouts 1. Timothy Adams - HK$27,760,500* ($3,540,000) 2. Bryn Kenney - HK$24,039,500* ($3,060,000) 3. Dan Smith - HK$10,390,000 ($1,700,000) 4. Peter Jetten - HK$10,390,000 ($1,300,000) 5. David Peters - HK$8,150,000 ($1,040,000) 6. Isaac Haxton - HK$6,300,000 ($803,000) Koon Outduels Chidwick In Event #7 For Second Jeju Victory Red-hot Jason Koon won Event #7: NLHE Triton Refresh for his second victory of the week. The event was supposed to be a two-day affair however organizers and the 25-entry field agreed that the tournament could be completed in one day. The final four players made the money. After Michael Addamo’s departure in fourth place, Paul Phua was looking to get some revenge for Event #5 where he lost heads-up to Koon. It wasn’t meant to be as Chidwick eliminated Phua in third and then the regular high-rollers struck a money deal, leaving only the trophy to play for. Although Koon eventually won the trophy, Chidwick takes home the largest payday of Event #7, locking up $1.13 million in the deal. Koon officially took first place and walked with $973,000. Event #7 Final Table Payouts 1. Jason Koon - HK$7,640,160* ($973,306) 2. Stephen Chidwick - HK$8,858,840 ($1,128,685) 3. Paul Phua - HK$4,200,000 ($535,052) 4. Michael Addamo - HK$2,800,000 ($356,702)
  6. Andras 'PokerBluff1' Nemeth was among the biggest Sunday winners after he took down the GGPoker GGS #151: $25,000 $750k Gtd Super High Roller for an eye-watering $475,311. The world-ranked #2 secured his second largest online cash after defeating 'AlfredDelia' heads-up, who took away $290,483 as runner-up, with 'HectorHermano', 'Chun Lei Zhou' and 'LuckyChewyFan' also securing six-figure results having reached the final table. Alex 'FkTheseGuysBro' Foxen, Mike McDonald, and Michael Soyza all narrowly missed out on a heads-up battle in the GGPoker GGS #155: $200k Gtd Super High Roller $2,500, with 'OtterPop' going the distance to win $60,921. Foxen (5th), McDonald (4th) and Soyza (3rd) hit the rail before 'nbvcxz' was the final elimination and banked $45,872 in second place. 'NOMANES' was once again a familiar name at the top of the GGPoker after they took down the GGS #157: $500k Gtd Super High Roller $10,000 for $178,729. 'FNC_Broxah' picked up the silver medal for $93,400, while 'tooothpick' had to settle for a very nice $119,456 as runner-up. 'vamossuerte' and 'carsonwentz' both picked up six-figure scores after they chopped the GGPoker GGS #156: $400k Gtd Super High Roller $5,000. After 127 entrants created a $603,250 prize pool, 'goodeggplant' departed in third place for $76,510. The final two then agreed to the deal before battling it out for the gold medal. 'vamossuerte' ultimately came through and banked $117,448, with 'carsonwentz' taking $115,356. 'Tomatee' had a Sunday to remember after winning two PokerStars gold medals. 'Tomatee' came through a 122 player-field in the $2,100 High Roller Club Sunday HR to bank $49,338, following a heads-up deal with 'Secret_M0d3', who received $45,304. The second win of the day for 'Tomatee' came in the PokerStars $1,050 High Roller Club Sunday Supersonic 6-Max Hyper-Turbo, this time navigating their way through a 240 player-field to claim the $47,110 first-place prize. 'Negriin' took the silver medal alongside $35,024, with 'B4NKR0LL3R' picking up the bronze for $26,039. 'bayaraa1002' turned $530 into $114,000 after they saw off 1,633 other entrants in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller PKO. 'slayerv1fan' hit the rail in third place for $32,863 + $13,007 in bounties, before 'drew.derzh' lost out heads-up and departed with $45,285 + $16,209, which left 'bayaraa1002' take the title alongside $62,404 + $52,033. Below are this week's results: PokerStars $1,050 High Roller Club Sunday Supersonic 6-Max Hyper-Turbo $200k Gtd 240 entrants, $243,806.40 prize pool Tomatee - $47,110 Negriin - $35,024 B4NKR0LL3R - $26,039 MissOracle - $19,359 MITS 304 - $14,393 RuiNF - $10,700 1_conor_b_1 - $8,651 22ehnutzz - $6,994 APonakov - $6,994 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller PKO, $500k Gtd 1,644 entrants, $822,000 prize pool bayaraa1002 - $62,404 + $52,033 drew.derzh - $45,285 + $16,209 slayerv1fan - $32,863 + $13,007 GROSZEK 5 - $23,849 + $4,789 Futti18 - $17,307 + $5,046 Kohlrabi7 - $12,559 + $3,066 neeno1990 - $9,114 + $2,484 Dancer King - $6,614 + $3,945 kufungua - $4,800 + $8,166 PokerStars $2,100 High Roller Club Sunday HR $200k Gtd 122 entrants, $244,000 prize pool Tomatee - $49,338* Secret_M0d3 - $45,304* tinnoemulder - $31,679 ThePateychuk - $24,382 smokrokflock - $18,765 Greenstone25 - $14,442 EEE27 - $11,115 yurasov1990 - $8,555 Aggro Santos - $6,584 partypoker $530 Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter $150k Gtd 252 entrants, $150,000 prize pool GeT_RiGhT - $13,518 + $12,626 RosenheimCops - $13,501 + $4,390 fumateotro - $9,630 + $5,172 Algorhytm - $7,120 + $3,158 Angeliosss17 - $5,020 + $1,033 Dorianriosvnzla - $3,833 + $1,148 j2805667 - $2,829 + $2,247 misclckmason - $2,099 + $1,968 partypoker $530 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter - $200k Gtd 359 entrants, $200,000 prize pool sk2ll_m0dR - $16,203 + $21,123 (in bounties) Maddonaa - $16,182 + $4,327 Jabra500 - $11,219 + $2,649 YumsYums - $8,038 + $2,026 MW1592 - $5,725 + $2,748 spinner2255 - $4,244 + $4,302 Karl-Heinz55 - $2,949 + $1,575 Gedis11 - $2,151 + $262 partypoker $530 Sunday High Roller Clasico $75k Gtd 136 entrants, $75,000 prize pool Iveybluffallin - $17,242 morant - $12,375 jarumen - $9,000 MangeMaBite - $6,375 its_showtime - $4,500 EnDTropY - $3,562 C12SLY - $2,2835 bigpescado96 - $2250 GGPoker GGS #157: $500k Gtd Super High Roller $10,000 67 entrants, $649,900 prize pool NOMANES - $178,729 tooothpick - $119,456 FNC_Broxah - $93,400 Picasso16 - $73,028 StacknNvrSlackn - $57,099 Mr.Fishy - $44,644 LuckyChewyFan - $34,907 SasukeUchiha - $27,293 Stevie444 - $21,339 GGPoker GGS #156: $400k Gtd Super High Roller $5,000 127 entrants, $603,250 prize pool vamossuerte - $117,448* carsonwentz - $115,356* goodeggplant - $76,510 michaelfan<3dog -$58,200 4eggadayMike - $44,272 gekkehuis - $33,677 emb3zzle - $25,617 pDNA - $19,487 PyramidOfSkulls - $14,823 GGPoker GGS #151: $750k Gtd Super High Roller $25,000 56 entrants, $1,372,000 prize pool PokerBluff1 - $475,311 AlfredDelia - $290,483 HectorHermano - $209,699 Chun Lei Zhou - $151,381 LuckyChewyFan - $109,282 StacknNvrSlackn - 78,890 EzzzGame - $56,950 GGPoker GGS #155: $200k Gtd Super High Roller $2,500 112 entrants, $266,000 prize pool OtterPop - $60,921 nbvcxz - $45,872 Michael Soyza - $34,540 MikeMcDonald - $26,007 FkTheseGuysBro - $19,583 NOMAMES - $14,745 Mr-Nobody - $11,102 tooothpick - 8,360 MiMosa1 - $7,374 *denotes money-deal
  7. Triton Poker set out to make poker history this week and they most certainly will and in more ways than one. Not only does the Triton Million’s £1,050,000 buy-in ($1,273215) make it the largest buy-in tournament in history, but with 54 players helping generate a prize pool of £54,000,000 ($65,611,361) the first place prize of £19,000,000 ($23,085,479) makes it the largest single tournament payout of all time. Million Dollar Payouts It’s not just first place that is going to find themselves flush after the Triton Million comes to an end. With an astronomical buy-in, Triton officials decided to flatten out the payouts opting to award 11 of the 54 registered players (20%) some piece of the prize pool. Granted, the players that just squeak into the money will be earning little more than their money back ($1,335,923) but a final table finish, resulting in a payday of $1,457,371 would make for a career-high cash for 20 of the participants including pros Andrew Robl, Vivek Rajkumar, Michael Soyza, and Matthias Eibinger. Triton Million Official Payouts Place Approx USD 1 $23,074,354 2 $14,176,836 3 $8,743,966 4 $5,355,679 5 $3,643,319 6 $2,671,767 7 $2,088,898 8 $1,700,266 9 $1,457,371 10 $1,335,923 11 $1,335,923 Eight-Figure Paydays The massive payouts of the Triton Million will add two more players into the extremely elite club of poker players who have earned themselves an eight-figure payday at the poker table. The addition of the first and second place scores makes for a total of ten $10M+ paydays in history and offers the current All Time Money List leader Justin Bonomo and the UK’s Sam Trickett the honor of being the first player to accomplish that remarkable score twice in their career. Until the Triton Million only the World Series of Poker’s $1 Million buy-in Big One For One Drop and the WSOP Main Event offered players the opportunity to hit such heights. The only exception was the 2016 Big One For One Drop Monte-Carlo Extravaganze one-off where Elton Tsang took home over $12.2 million in the invite-only tournament that excluded all of the world’s top players. History of Eight-Figure Paydays Year Event Place Player Payout 2019 Triton Million 1st TBD $23,085,479 2012 WSOP Big One For One Drop 1st Antonio Esfandiari $18,346,673 2014 WSOP Big One For One Drop 1st Daniel Colman $15,306,668 2019 Triton Million 2nd TDB $14,176,836 2016 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza 1st Elton Tsang $12,248,912 2006 WSOP Main Event 1st Jaime Gold $12,000,000 2012 WSOP Big One For One Drop 2nd Sam Trickett $10,112,001 2014 WSOP Main Event 1st Martin Jacobson $10,000,000 2018 WSOP Big One For One Drop 1st Justin Bonomo $10,000,000 2019 WSOP Main Event 1st Hossein Ensan $10,000,000 All Time Money List Possibilities With so much money in the prize pool, there are bound to be some major ramifications to the ever-shifting All Time Money List. At the start of the Triton Million, there were seven players that could possibly surge to the top of the list and overtake current list leader Justin Bonomo. Bonomo himself could put an amazing amount of distance between himself and the rest of the field as he currently holds a roughly $3.1 million lead over the #2-ranked Daniel Negreanu and over $9 million from the #3-ranked Erik Seidel, neither of which are in the Triton Million field. Here’s a look at the players that could make major moves on the ATML should Bonomo not be able to hold them off. Bryn Kenney - With over $34.9 million in total earnings, Kenney could become the new king of the ATML with a win or even a second-place finish. A third-place finish and he will leapfrog Negreanu for second place on the list and any cash will vault him over Seidel in third place, where he only sits $716,117 behind the legend. Jason Koon - The Triton ambassador has been steadily climbing the ATML, currently sitting in 8th place with $28,925,059 in earnings. A victory would send him north of $51 million and into first. A second-place finish in the event is not good enough to take over the top spot but it would put him in second place and within striking distance of #1 at $43 million. Dan Smith - A last-second invite from Bill Perkins puts Smith into the ATML leader mix, where he currently sits at #9 with $27,921,940. His situation is identical to Koon's - a win and he soars to over $50 million. Mikita Badziakouski - The nosebleed crusher from Belarus recently climbed into the #15 spot on the ATML and a win could put him in the top spot with over $48 million. A second-place finish would put him at just over $39 million, currently good for third place. Stephen Chidwick - Generally considered one of the very best tournament players on the planet, the UK savant has the exact same situation as Badziakouski as he only sits less than $3,000 behind him on the ATML. David Peters and Fedor Holz - Peters currently sits at #5 on the ATML and the German phenom, Holz sits right behind him at #6. Both players were among the first five players eliminated from the tournament ending their bid to climb the ATML ladder. Becoming An Instant Legend To say that first place in the Triton Million is massive is an understatement. But just how big is it? To put this first-place prize in perspective, had a player never cashed before, the first place prize alone would put you ranked at #19 on the All-Time Money List. That’s ahead of one of the most famous poker players on the planet, Phil Hellmuth, who has spent over 30 years accumulating his career total of $22,999,083. Second place also puts you in the midst of legends. The over $14 million payday would slot you in at #41 all-time, just ahead of recent bracelet winner Joseph Cheong and right behind 2009 WSOP World Champ Joe Cada. Finally, if the Triton Million third-place prize of over $8.7 million was your first Hendon Mob entry, you would just make it inside the top 100. You start your career at #100 all-time and you’d be the player to knock poker legend Johnny Chan out of the top 100.
  8. When Richard Yong and Paul Phua co-founded the Triton Super High Roller Series, they had visions of battling some of the best high roller players in the world on a regular basis. They probably never envisioned a day where one of them would battle with the other's offspring for £1 million. That's exactly what happened on Tuesday in London though. Wai Kin Yong, the son of Richard Yong, defeated Paul Phua heads-up after each outlasted 128 other entries in the £100,000 Triton Super High Roller Series London No Limit Hold'em Main Event for £3,080,000 ($3,752,394 US). The final table began with Phua holding the chip lead and Yong sitting third in chips. It took 5.5 hours of play for Yong to take down the crown as he eliminated four of the eight other players at the final table. It took just 10 minutes for things to get started in earnest. From the hijack, Wai Leong Chan moved all in for 1,650,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"]. Action folded to Wai Kin Yong in the big blind and he called instantly with [poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2s"] flop gave Yong a set of sixes and Chan was unable to get any help on the [poker card="3d"] turn. The meaningless river was the [poker card="4s"] and Chan was out in ninth place for $371,584. Nearly an hour passed before a three-way pot ended with two players heading to the cashier to collect a payout. Action folded to Daniel Cates in the cutoff and he moved all-in for 1,650,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="3d"]. Stephen Chidwick re-shoved for 2,300,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="7h"] from the small blind only to have Michael Soyza call from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"]. The board ran out [poker card="kh"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="6c"] to send Cates home in eighth for $499,507 and Chidwick out in seventh for $662,760. Phua found his first victim ten minutes later. Phua raised to 425,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"] from the hijack. Michael Zhi Chang moved all-in for 5,010,000 with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"] from the small blind. Phua called and then celebrated when the [poker card="qh"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3d"] flop left Chang in dire straits. The [poker card="qd"] turn gave Phua quads and eliminated Zhang in sixth place, earning $866,218 for the second-best score of his career. Five-handed play lasted nearly 90 minutes before a blind vs. blind altercation sent one player home. Action folded to Sam Greenwood in the small blind and he moved all-in for1,675,000 with [poker card="ts"][poker card="8d"] and Wai King Yong called with [poker card="jh"][poker card="3s"] from the big blind. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"][poker card="3h"] flop gave Yong two pair. The [poker card="kd"] turn and [poker card="7d"] river failed to save Greenwood from a fifth-place finish. The $1,098,915 score is the fourth time in 2019 that Greenwood has won at least $1 million in a poker tournament. He started the year off by winning the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100K Super High Roller for $1,775,460 and then finished runner-up to Soyza in the Triton HK$500K Super High Roller Six-Handed Event in Jeju for $1,019,251. In May he finished runner-up to Nikita Bodyakovskiy in the Triton HK$750K Short Deck event in Montenegro for $1,095,625. Soyza managed to outlast Greenwood yet again, but this time it didn't result in a trophy. Soyza moved all-in for 2,850,000 with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] in the small blind and Wong called from the big blind with [poker card="qh"][poker card="2h"]. There was no drama left after the [poker card="th"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7h"] flop gave Wong the flush. The [poker card="kc"] turn and [poker card="9h"] river were nothing but a formality and Soyza was out in fourth place with a $1,354,507 score. Just ten minutes later, the action went from three-handed to heads-up thanks to a bit of a setup that went badly for the favorite. Yong folded his button before Ben Heath called from the small blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"]. Phua raised to 925,000 from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] and Heath responded by re-raising to 2,500,000. Phua announced all in and Heath called instantly with his tournament life at risk. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"][poker card="th"] flop gave Phua Broadway and left Heath drawing to a chop or runner-runner full house. The [poker card="6d"] turn was no help and the [poker card="jd"] river finished off Heath's run in third place for $1,644,718. That win left Phua with 56% of the chips in play heading into heads-up play. Just over 45 minutes into heads-up play, Yong made a call for his tournament life with [poker card="kd"][poker card="5h"] on a [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="5d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="7c"] board after Phua moved all-in on the river. That hand gave Yong the lead for the first time heads-up and he never looked back. Just over 30 minutes over the two clashed for the final time. Phua shoved for his last 4,250,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"] and Yong called with [poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"] flop gave Phua a flush draw and he took the lead on the [poker card="6d"] turn. The [poker card="js"] river, however, eliminated Phua and gave Yong his third career Triton title and $3,752,394. Final Table Payouts Wai Kin Yong - $3,752,394 Paul Phua - $2,521,901 Ben Heath - $1,644,718 Michael Soyza - $1,364,507 Sam Greenwood - $1,098,915 Michael Chi Zhang - $866,218 Stephen Chidwick - $662,760 Daniel Cates - $499,507 Wai Leong Chan - $371,584
  9. For the next two weeks, the online poker world will be focused on PokerStars and the Spring Championship of Online Poker. Action kicked off Sunday with 15 different events starting, but only three played down to a winner. Finland's Olli 'Era_Koira' Ikonen got the start to SCOOP that every other player was hoping for after beating 238 other player in Event #7-High ($2,100 Turbo 8 Max No Limit Hold'em). That score came with a $91,913.31 payday. Runner-up Michael Soyza earned $70,092.67 while third place finisher 'Pimmss' took home $53,452.44. The final table also included Sam Grafton, Ole Schemion and 'kofi89'. Sweden's 'Anton720' topped the 1,699-player field in Event #7-Medium ($215 Turbo 8 Max No Limit Hold'em) to earn $51,538.26. Runner-up 'DonPiatniK' banked $35,737.37 while third place finisher 'DeuceofDuc0' ended up with $26,187.63. The Low version of the event attracted 6,984 players with 'JohnnyPorn' turning his $22 buy-in into $19,846.22. Second place finisher 'paxantho' added $14,143.34 to his bankroll while 'Artemium' rounded out the podium finishers and won $10,081.86. Another 12 events will wrap up on Monday, including the PokerStars Sunday Million which had 6,632 entries. Former #1-ranked Brian 'brianm' England finished Day 1 with the overall lead. Just 119 players return to action on Monday with the eventual champion earning $188,462.65. Event #7 (Low): $22 Turbo 8 Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 6,984 Prizepool: $139,680 JohnnyPorn - $19,846.22 paxantho - $14,143.34 Artemium - $10,081.86 AntonKrasch - $7,186.70 Wackworm - $5,122.93 S.totuli - $3,651.80 chipmaniac87 - $2,603.13 BizzJag - $1,855.60 Event #7 (Medium): $215 Turbo 8 Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,699 Prizepool: $339,800 Anton720 - $51,538.26 DonPiatniK - $35,737.37 DeuceofDuc0 - $26,187.63 darkziv - $18,667.45 noob3r - $13,306.77 LastJesus - $9,485.51 cmontopdeck - $6,761.57 ArtHouse2011 - $4,819.89 Event #7 (High): $2,100 Turbo 8 Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 239 Prizepool: $478,800 Oli 'Era_Koira' Ikone - $91,913.31 Michael 'Soyza' Soyza - $70,092.67 Pimmss - $53,452.44 OMGjonyctt - $40,762.64 Sam 'SamSquid' Grafton - $31,085.43 Lateski - $23,705.64 wizowizo - $18,077.81 kofi89- $13,786.14
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