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Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. After a one-week hiatus, PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley returns to the host's chair to talk poker with Matt Clark. The guys get into PokerStars' decision to award Platinum Passes to American players through live events, the upcoming WCOOP/Powerfest schedules and talk about how much fun Mikita Badziouski is having playing the Triton Poker Series. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THIS EPISODE ON STITCHER GET THIS EPISODE ON GOOGLE PLAY
The 2019 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro is in the books, and several huge winners emerged from the high-stakes poker series held at the Maestral Resort & Casino along the Adriatic Sea. Chief among them was Bryn Kenney, who won more than $4.1 million total and jumped to No. 4 on poker's all-time money list, per Hendon Mob. Kenney only cashed twice in the series, but both times he won the tournament. In the first, Kenney topped a field of 79 entries to win the HK$500,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event for HK$11.23 million ($1.43 million). In the second, he topped a field of 75 entries in the HK$1 million Main Event to win HK$21.3 million ($2.71 million). With those two wins, Kenney improved to just shy of $34.8 million in career live tournaments earnings, of which he's won more than $9.1 million in 2019 alone. Kenney’s previous best year on the live tournament felt was in 2017 when he won more than $8.5 million. Other big winners to come out of the 2019 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro include Rui Cao ($3.61 million), Paul Phua ($3.59 million), Nikita Badziakouski ($2.91 million), and Daniel Dvoress ($2.71 million). Both Phua and Dvoress cashed five times in the series and a total of 12 players earned combined prizes of more than $1 million. Top 10 Triton Poker Series Montenegro Money List Bryn Kenney - $4,145,235 Rui Cao - $3,611,013 Paul Phua - $3,594,983 Nikita Badziakouski - $2,912,467 Daniel Dvoress - $2,717,155 Arnaud Romain - $2,130,372 Daniel Tang - $1,976,217 Sam Greenwood - $1,943,613 Peter Jetten - $1,865,303 Ben Lamb - $1,192,009 Just outside of the top 10 were Kenneth Kiang and Seng 'Ivan' Leow, who cashed for $1.08 million and $1.06 million from the series, respectively. Triton Poker Series Montenegro Results HK$250,000 Eight-Handed NL Turbo Entries: 45 Prize Pool: HK$10,575,000 Steve O'Dwyer - HK$3,708,784 ($472,788) Isaac Haxton - HK$2,901,216 ($369,841 ) Linus Loeliger - HK$1,720,000 ($219,262) Kok Beh - HK$1,240,000 ($158,073) Sam Greenwood - HK$1,005,000 ($128,115) [caption id="attachment_624174" align="alignnone" width="1354"] Bryn Kenney won two tournaments at the recent Triton Poker Series in Montenegro (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] HK$500,000 Six-Handed NL Entries: 79 Prize Pool: HK$37,130,000 Bryn Kenney - HK$11,230,000 ($1,431,376) Daniel Dvoress - HK$7,430,000 ($947,028) Seng 'Ivan' Leow - HK$5,070,000 ($646,222) Sergio Aido - HK$3,820,000 ($486,897) Jason Koon - HK$2,970,000 ($378,556) Christoph Vogelsang - HK$2,300,000 ($293,158) Richard Yong - HK$1,820,000 ($231,977) Daniel Tang - HK$1,410,000 ($179,719) Cheong Ieng - HK$1,080,000 ($137,657) HK$100,000 Short Deck NL Ante Only Entries: 70 Prize Pool: HK$6,580,000 Winfred Yu - HK$2,040,000 ($259,952) Isaac Haxton - HK$1,370,000 ($174,576) Peter Jetten - HK$920,000 ($117,233) Leon Tsoukernik - HK$700,000 ($89,199) Steffen Sontheimer - HK$540,000 ($68,811) Ihor Shkliaruk - HK$420,000 ($53,520) Tam Lon - HK$330,000 ($42,051) Jordi Urlings - HK$260,000 ($33,131) HK$1,000,000 NL Main Event Entries: 75 Prize Pool: HK$70,500,000 Bryn Kenney - HK$21,300,000 ($2,713,859) Daniel Tang - HK$14,100,000 ($1,796,498) Peter Jetten - HK$9,600,000 ($1,223,148) Nikita Badziakouski - HK$7,260,000 ($925,005) Sam Greenwood - HK$5,650,000 ($719,873) Paul Phua - HK$4,440,000 ($560,609) Erik Seidel - HK$3,460,000 ($440,842) Matthias Eibinger - HK$2,680,000 ($341,462) Jason Koon - HK$2,050,000 ($261,193) HK$250,000 NL Turbo Entries: 37 Prize Pool: HK$8,972,500 Henrik Hecklen - HK$3,410,000 ($434,500) Alex Foxen - HK$2,200,000 ($280,323) Timothy Adams - HK$1,460,000 ($186,032) Daniel Dvoress - HK$1,052,500 ($134,109) Michael Watson - HK$850,000 ($108,306) HK$1,000,000 Short Deck NL Main Event Entries: 98 Prize Pool: HK$92,120,000 Rui Cao - HK$26,300,000 ($3,351,130) Paul Phua - HK$17,100,000 ($2,178,871) Arnaud Romain - HK$11,800,000 ($1,503,549) Daniel Dvoress - HK$9,070,000 ($1,155,694) Kenneth Kiang - HK$7,200,000 ($917,420) Ming Liu - HK$5,620,000 ($716,097) Choon Siow - HK$4,400,000 ($560,645) Isaac Haxton - HK$3,400,000 ($433,226) Timofey Kuznetsov - HK$2,630,000 ($335,113) Nikita Badziakouski - HK$2,300,000 ($293,065) Guang Lu - HK$2,300,000 ($293,065) HK$200,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Entries: 37 Prize Pool: HK$6,956,000 Hing Chow - HK$2,640,000 ($336,383) Ben Lamb - HK$1,706,000 ($217,375) Viacheslav Osipov - HK$1,130,000 ($143,982) Henrik Hecklen - HK$820,000 ($104,483) Wai Chan - HK$660,000 ($84,096) HK$200,000 Short Deck NL Ante Only Turbo Entries: 64 Prize Pool: HK$12,032,000 Quek Sheng - HK$3,700,000 ($471,416) Peter Jetten - HK$2,500,000 ($318,524) Paul Phua - HK$1,700,000 ($216,596) Kenneth Kiang - HK$1,292,000 ($164,613) Wai Chan - HK$980,000 ($124,861) John Gabe Patgorski - HK$770,000 $98,105) Daniel Dvoress - HK$610,000 ($77,720) Rui Cao - HK$480,000 ($61,157) [caption id="attachment_624175" align="alignnone" width="1354"] John Juanda was among the winners at the recent Triton Poker Series in Montenegro (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] HK$250,000 Short Deck NL Ante Only Entries: 65 Prize Pool: HK$15,275,000 John Juanda - HK$4,720,000 ($601,358) Daniel Dvoress - HK$3,160,000 ($402,604) Wai Yong - HK$2,150,000 ($273,924) Peter Jetten - HK$1,620,000 ($206,398) Sergey Lebedev - HK$1,250,000 ($159,258) Daniel Cates - HK$980,000 ($124,858) Christopher Soyza - HK$780,000 ($99,377) Paul Phua - HK$615,000 ($78,355) HK$750,000 Short Deck NL Ante Only Entries: 52 Prize Pool: HK$38,122,500 Nikita Badziakouski - HK$13,300,000 ($1,694,397) Sam Greenwood - HK$8,600,000 ($1,095,625) Qiang Wang - HK$5,700,000 ($726,170) Paul Phua - HK$4,400,000 ($560,552) Andrew Robl - HK$3,422,500 ($436,021) Xuan Tan - HK$2,700,000 ($343,975) [caption id="attachment_624173" align="alignnone" width="1354"] Ben Lamb was another big name to score a victory at the recent Triton Poker Series in Montenegro (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] HK$500,000 Short Deck NL Ante Only Entries: 42 Prize Pool: HK$20,080,000 Ben Lamb - HK$7,650,000 ($974,634) Arnaud Romain - HK$4,920,000 ($626,823) Seng 'Ivan' Leow - HK$3,250,000 ($414,060) Xuan Tan - HK$2,350,000 ($299,397) Timofey Kuznetsov - HK$1,910,000 ($243,340) HK$300,000 NL/Short Deck Mix Entries: 27 Prize Pool: HK$7,857,000 Daniel Cates - HK$3,930,000 ($500,682) Jason Koon - HK$2,367,000 ($301,556) Rui Cao - HK$1,560,000 ($198,744) Effect On Poker’s All-Time Money List The big results coming out of the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro caused plenty of shifting towards the top of poker’s all-time money list. As already mentioned, Kenney jumped to No. 4 overall. Jason Koon, who cashed three times in Montenegro for just under $1 million, slid up one spot ahead of Antonio Esfandiari to be No. 8. Isaac Haxton, who, like Koon, won just under $1 million from this series, is now No. 13 and Badziakouski jumped to No. 15. John Juanda, who won an event in Montenegro for just more than $600,000, actually dropped back to No. 14. Then, looking a bit further down the leaderboard, Phua can now be found at No. 62 on the list after winning $3.59 million in Montenegro. High roller and super high roller events are as plentiful as they have ever been on the poker circuit. Numerous stops have $25,000 or $50,000 buy-in events, and some even push the envelope even further with $100,000 price tags on the schedule. Then, there are several festivals a year that are solely dedicated to ultra high-stakes players, such as the Triton Poker Series festivals. If there was ever a 'steroid era' in poker, similar to what baseball went through for an extended period of time, most commonly referred to as the latter half of the 1990s and into the 2000s. It's not that poker players are using performance-enhancing drugs to boost their earnings, but rather that there’s such an injection of these super high buy-in small-field events that are causing grand shifts in money lists. It doesn’t appear that these events and festivals are going anywhere, so poker will need to go through a bit of a market correction and rankings adjustments to correctly account for the juiced results.
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