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  1. [caption width="640"] Koray Aldemir earned his first career main event win by topping an elite 39 player field. (WSOP photo)[/caption] The Triton Super High Roller Series wrapped up another exciting festival filled with high rollers populated by the best players in the world. Capping off the series was the HKD$ 1,000,000 Main Event. Poker’s best and brightest were in the 39-player field with Phil Ivey among them. No stranger to high rollers himself, 2016 One Drop final tablist Koray Aldemir walked out of the six-handed final table victorious after defeating the star-studded field. Among the final tablists were Daniel 'Jungleman' Cates, Bryn Kenney, and defending Triton Main Event Champion, Wai Kin Yong, who was also the first player eliminated. Yong was crippled by Kenney in one of the first hands at the final table and was sent to the rail one hand later. Kenney opened for 110,000 and Yong shoved all in from the small blind. Kenney called with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"] and was a huge favorite to double through Wong's [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"][poker card="8h"] flop gave Yong hope with a flush draw but the ensuing turn [poker card="3c"] and river [poker card="8c"] ensured there would be a new main event champion. Yong was crippled after the hand and Sergio Aido finished him off. Only a few more hands would go by before Devan Tang was eliminated by Aldemir. Tang moved all in for eight big blinds from the cutoff with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"] and Aldemir called from the small blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9d"] flop provided plenty of action as Tang flopped two pair and Aldemir picked up a flush draw and a straight draw. The [10d] turn filled Aldemir’s straight and Tang failed to fill up on the [poker card="3c"] river. Down to his last 15 big blinds at the start of the new level, Kenney moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="6s"] and was dominated by Cates [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"] in the big blind. With only three immediate outs, Kenney missed on the [poker card="ks"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="jc"][poker card="4c"] board. With his finish, Kenney earned yet another high roller score in 2017 and he is now over $1,800,000 in earnings for the year. Shortly after the elimination of Kenney, the remaining trio agreed to a deal that gave Aido the most money but still left HKD$ 400,000 to play for along with the main event trophy. Cates was knocked out soon after the deal was made as the third place finisher. With the blinds at 30,000/60,000, Aido raised to 150,000 on the button and Cates jammed for about 1,400,000 out of the small blind. Aido called with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"] and had the [poker card="kh"][poker card="js"] of Cates one step out the door. The [poker card="9h"][poker card="9c"][poker card="2s"] flop put a few chop outs in play but the turn and river both bricked to seal Cates’s fate. Aido brought a 3:2 chip lead into heads up play but was soon overtaken by Aldemir. Aldemir took a sizable portion of Aido’s stack a level into their match and took down the title not long after. Aldemir raised to 190,000 and Aido defended his big blind to see a [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="8c"] flop. Both players checked and Aido bet 275,000 on the [poker card="js"] turn. Aldemir called and the [poker card="ad"] hit the river. Aido bet 930,000 and Aldemir called with [poker card="qh"][poker card="tc"] for a rivered straight to beat the trip jacks of Aido [poker card="jd"][poker card="4d"]. The blinds moved up to 50,000/100,000 and Aido was down to less than 15 big blinds. Aido limped in with [poker card="ks"][poker card="tc"] and Aldemir pushed with [poker card="ah"][poker card="2h"] to put Aido at risk. Aido called and was live to extend his heads up match. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"] flop gave Aido plenty of help by putting a straight draw in place and he improved to a flush draw on the [poker card="3s"] turn. Despite his smorgasbord of outs, Aido missed on the [poker card="5d"] river and Aldemir sealed the win. The second place finish was the second final table for Aido in the Triton Super High Roller Series after finishing fourth in the Six Max event. Aldemir officially locked up his first career main event victory and should be a familiar face for future high roller events. Final Table Payouts Koray Aldemir - HKD$ 10,032,869* ($1,292,653) Sergio Aido - HKD$ 10,378,375* ($1,337,186) Daniel Cates - HKD$ 7,765,156* ($1,000,490) Bryn Kenney - HKD$ 3,893,000 ($506,090) Devan Tang - HKD$ 2,780,000 ($361,400) Wai Kin Yong - HKD$ 2,224,000 ($289,120) * - reflects three-handed deal
  2. [caption width="640"] Dan Colman defeated a loaded final table to win the Triton Super High Roller Series Six Max event. (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Dan Colman collected his third six-figure cash of 2017 by taking down the HKD$ 250,000 Triton Super High Roller Series Six Max Event on Saturday, beating a final table that included 2016 Super High Roller Bowl champion Rainer Kempe, Erik Seidel, Mustapha Kanit, and Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov. The first elimination of the final table was Italy’s Kanit. With less than 10 big blinds in front of him, Kanit shoved from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"] and Sergio Aido called on Kanit’s left with [poker card="qs"][poker card="8h"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"] flop was safe for Kanit as was the [poker card="3c"] turn. The [poker card="qc"] river, however, gave Aido a pair and resulted in Kanit’s exit. Kuznetsov followed Kanit out the door over the course of two hands. Over two hours after Kanit’s bust out, Aido opened for a raise and got two callers in Kuznetsov and Seidel out of the blinds. The trio checked the [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"] the flop and Kuznetsov bet 38,000 on the [poker card="3h"] turn. Seidel raised to 83,000 and Aido folded. Kuznetsov found a call and the [poker card="js"] hit the river. Seidel moved all in for 92,000 and Kuznetsov called to see Seidel reveal [poker card="3c"][poker card="3s"] for a turned set. Down to his last nine big blinds, Kuznetsov shoved the next hand from the button with [poker card="kd"][poker card="2d"]. Kempe called with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"] out of the big blind and held to eliminated Kuznetsov. Sergio Aido exited in fourth place at the hands of Colman roughly an hour into four-handed play. Aido moved all in for 115,000 from the small blind with [poker card="7h"][poker card="6d"] and was looked up by Colman with [poker card="kd"][poker card="7d"]. The board ran true for Colman and Aido exited with another high roller score in 2017. With roughly 50 big blinds in play, there was little margin for error in three-handed play. Despite getting all of the chips in with the best out of it, Kempe couldn’t out run Colman and was the third place finisher. With blinds of 20,000/40,000, Kempe opened for 90,000 from the button and Colman jammed out of the small blind to put Kempe at risk. Kempe called for his last 350,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"] and was in great shape to double up against the [poker card="ac"][poker card="6c"] of Colman. The [poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"] flop gave Colman a pair along with a backdoor flush draw. The [poker card="6s"] turn put Colman firmly ahead and Kempe hit the rail after missing on the river. Heads up play went back and forth but Colman was able to finish Seidel off to claim victory. Seidel had a little under 1,000,000 in front of him and got all in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="6s"]. Colman had Seidel dominated with [poker card="as"][poker card="js"] and put the championship on ice with the [poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"][poker card="jc"] flop. Colman earned HKD$ 3,641,600 ($469,203 US) for his run and will be gunning for his second title of this week in the HK$ 1,000,000 Main Event which begins Sunday. Final Table Payouts Dan Colman - HKD$ 3,641,600 Erik Seidel - HKD$ 2,326,000 Rainer Kempe - HKD$ 1,466,000 Sergio Aido - HKD$ 1,011,000 Timofey Kuznetsov - HKD$ 708,000 Mustapha Kanit - HKD$ 556,000
  3. The first partypoker MILLIONS LIVE event in the post-World Series of Poker calendar portion of the year goes to Sochi, Russia. 690m in Rubles ($10.95m USD) is guaranteed to the series prize pools that includes a 300m RUB ($4.75m USD) guaranteed Main Event. A total of 13 events are on the schedule with buy-ins ranging from 66,000 RUB up to 6 million RUB. Dmitry Chop won the first edition of the partypoker MILLIONS in Russia. The $1,100 USD event attracted 1,170 entries to break the $1 million USD guarantee and Chop took home the largest percentage of the prize pool thanks to his $225,000 victory. partypoker's tradition of online and live flights for their Main Events holds to form in Russia. Three live Day 1s and an online Day 1 on August 5 dot the schedule. Live Day 1A starts on August 7 and plays for eight 60-minute levels with the traditional starting stack of 1 million chips. Players are incentivized to use PP LIVE $$$ to buy-in into the Main Event. Any player who enters using that method among the first 100 is entered into a last longer funded by partypoker. The final player standing among those who enter using PP LIVE $$$ wins an additional $100,000 on top of their original payout. Other primary events on the schedule include the 66,000 RUB partypoker Open, 3 million RUB Triton High Roller and the 6 million RUB Triton Super High Roller. Triton is currently in Jeju, South Korea for the latest edition of the Triton Super High Roller Series. Short Deck poker is sweeping the poker world thanks to the use in the Triton Series. No news is available yet on whether or not the Triton events in Sochi will use the popular format. The full series runs from August 3 until August 14. Date Event # Local Starting Time Event Buy-in (RUB) August 3 1 17:00 Turbo Bounty 39,600 ₽ August 4 2 12:00 partypoker Open Day 1A 66,000 ₽ August 4 2 17:00 partypoker Open Day 1B 66,000 ₽ August 5 2 12:00 partypoker Open Day 1C 66,000 ₽ August 5 2 17:00 partypoker Open Day 1D 66,000 ₽ August 5 3 21:00 Main Event - Online - Day 1 318,000 ₽ August 6 2 10:00 partypoker Open Day 1E 66,000 ₽ August 6 4 21:00 Turbo Bounty 66,000 ₽ August 7 3 12:00 Main Event - Day 1A 318,000 ₽ August 7 5 17:00 Triton Poker High Roller Day 1 3,000,000 ₽ August 7 6 22:00 Hyper Turbo Deep Stack 33,000 ₽ August 8 3 12:00 Main Event - Day 1B 318,000 ₽ August 8 7 17:00 Triton Poker Super High Roller Day 1 6,000,000 ₽ August 9 3 12:00 Main Event - Day 1C 318,000 ₽ August 10 8 12:30 Finale - Day 1A 33,000 ₽ August 10 8 17:00 Finale - Day 1B 33,000 ₽ August 11 8 12:00 Finale - Day 1C 33,000 ₽ August 11 9 15:00 High Roller - Day 1 618,000 ₽ August 11 8 17:00 Finale - Day 1D 33,000 ₽ August 12 10 18:00 Russian Poker Championship - Day 1A 66,000 ₽ August 12 11 20:00 Turbo Bounty 39,600 ₽ August 13 10 12:00 Russian Poker Championship - Day 1B 66,000 ₽ August 13 12 14:00 Pot Limit Omaha 66,000 ₽ August 13 13 20:00 Turbo Deep Stack 33,000 ₽ August 14 14 18:00 Turbo Bounty 33,000 ₽
  4. Nominations for the second annual Global Poker Awards were announced on Friday with popular poker personality Joey Ingram leading the way with four nominations. The Global Poker Awards, slated to take place at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas on March 6, celebrates the poker industry by recognizing the game of poker's top talent both on the felt and behind the scenes. This year, awards will be handed out in 19 different categories including two that are voted on by the fans. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="BetMGM NJ"] Multiple Nods Sixteen former award winners are back in contention this year with a number of them recognized in multiple categories. Poker personality and podcast/video producer Joey Ingram picked up nominations in the People’s Choice for Poker Personality of the Year, Podcast of the Year (Poker Life Podcast), Journalist of the Year and Media Content of the Year for his extensive work investigating the Mike Postle cheating allegation story. PocketFives’ own three-time GPI award winner Lance Bradley earned another three nominations for Journalist of the Year, Media Content of the Year, and Podcast of the Year for The FIVES Poker Podcast, alongside PocketFives own Managing Editor Donnie Peters. Daniel Negreanu, Jamie Kerstetter, Lex Veldhuis, Hayley Hochstätter and tournament director Matt Savage each earned two nominations. Alex Foxen, Andrew Neeme, Barny Boatman, Brad Owen, Bryn Kenney, Cary Katz, Joe Giron, Joe Stapleton, Kevin Mathers, Nick Schulman, and Paul Campbell join Bradley, Ingram, Negreanu, Savage, and Veldhuis as previous award winners who find themselves back in the running for even more hardware at the upcoming ceremonies. In addition to the 18 awards that will be voted on and the Global Poker Index Player of the Year awards, the PocketFives Legacy Award will once again be handed out to a PocketFives player who has shown success in both the online and live poker arenas. Previous award winners include Ari Engel, Cliff Josephy and Chris Moorman. 2019 Global Poker Award Nominees GPI BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR Robert Campbell (AUS) Ramon Colillas (ESP) Ben Farrell (UK) George Wolff (USA) FINAL TABLE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Hossein Ensan (GER), WSOP Main Event William Alex Foxen (USA), WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Phillip Hui (USA), WSOP Poker Players Championship Bryn Kenney (USA), Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro TWITTER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Barny Boatman (UK) Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Kitty Kuo (TAI) Kevin Mathers (USA) PLAYERS CHOICE FOR TOUGHEST OPPONENT Michael Addamo (AUS) Kahle Burns (AUS) Stephen Chidwick (UK) Ali Imsirovic (BIH) STREAMER OF THE YEAR Hristivoje Pavlovic (AUS) Benjamin Spragg (UK) Matthew Staples (CAN) Lex Veldhuis (NED) VLOGGER OF THE YEAR Jaman Burton (USA) Andrew Neeme (USA) Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Brad Owen (USA) PODCAST OF THE YEAR DAT Poker Podcast: Terrence Chan, Ross Henry, Adam Schwartz, Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Poker Life Podcast: Joey Ingram (USA) The Fives, a PocketFives Podcast: Lance Bradley (CAN), Donnie Peters (USA) The Grid: Jennifer Shahade (USA) INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR Phil Galfond (USA), Run it Once Poker Cary Katz (USA), Poker Central/PokerGO Paul Phua (MAS), Triton Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Tony Burns (USA), Seminole Hard Rock Paul Campbell (USA), Aria Jack Effel (USA), World Series of Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA EVENT OF THE YEAR PokerStars Players Championship Bahamas Triton London Million for Charity World Series of Poker Main Event World Series of Poker BIG 50 MID-MAJOR TOUR/CIRCUIT OF THE YEAR Road to PSPC RUNGOOD Poker Series WPTDeepStacks WSOP Circuit JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Lance Bradley (CAN) Haley Hintze (USA) Joey Ingram (USA) Nick Jones (UK) BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Jeff Platt (USA) Nick Schulman (USA) Joseph Stapleton (USA) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: WRITTEN A Fight for Fatherhood: The Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life, Lance Bradley (CAN) for PoketFives Kevin Roster Spread Sarcoma Awareness at WSOP, Wants to End Life on His Terms, Aleeyah Jadavji (CAN), Hayley Hochstetler (USA) for PokerNews Poker and Pop Culture, Martin Harris (USA) for D+B Publishing The Unabridged Story of The Hendon Mob, Paul Seaton (UK) for PokerNews MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: PHOTO Antonio Abrego (USA): Ryan Laplante in deep thought at the WSOP (PokerNews) Drew Amato (USA): Dario Sammartino folds at the WSOP (Poker Central) Joe Giron (USA): WPT Champion Frank Stepuchin is lifted in victory (WPT) Hayley Hochstetler (USA): Doyle Brunson and Jack Binion at WSOP celebration (WSOP) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: VIDEO Investigating Mike Postle Hand Histories from Stones Live, Joey Ingram (USA) Legends of the Game – Stu Ungar (PokerGO) The Big Blind w/Jeff Platt featuring Mike Matusow, Normand Chad, Sarah Herring (PokerGO) Who Makes Money from Professional Poker, Sam Rega (USA) for CNBC PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR POKER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Joey Ingram (USA) Jonathan Little (USA) Ryan DePaulo (USA) Lex Veldhuis (NED) PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR HAND OF THE YEAR Bryce Yockey takes a historic hit against Josh Arieh in the WSOP Poker Players Championship Ryan Riess makes 10-high all-in call at EPT Monte Carlo final table Sam Trickett makes Stephen Chidwick fold best hand at Triton London 1M event Thi Xoa Nguyen folds full house to Athanasios Polychronopoulos at PSPC

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