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  1. 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. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THIS EPISODE ON STITCHER GET THIS EPISODE ON GOOGLE PLAY
  2. The Triton Poker High Roller roadshow moved to Sochi, Russia this week for the first formal partnered event with a major tour. partypokerLIVE played host with the first of two Triton Rollers finishing today as part of the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia festival. This event was played as standard No Limit Hold'em, not the Short Deck variation Triton is synonymous with. Aymon Hata took down the ₽3 million ($50,000) High Roller amidst a field of 47 to win the ₽48 million ($756,000) first-place prize. Six places paid and nine players made the final table leading to a tense bubble midway through Day 2. Bartlomiej Machon busted an hour into the final table to claim the distinction of ninth and Timothy Adams followed him out the door a few hours after then. Ivan Leow led the final table when play started but an unfortunate streak earned him the bubble boy label. Hata doubled with A♦J♥ against the K♦K♠ of Leow when an ace flopped and Leow sent 25 percent of his stack to his opponent. Phillip Gruissem then caught a Leow bluff with pocket aces and the former chip leader was suddenly looking to hang on for a cash. Leow busted when his A♠10♥ failed to catch up to the Q♣Q♥ of Patrik Antonius for his last 14 big blinds to clinch a payout for the six remaining players. With six players still in, Hata won a key flip to improve his title chances. Hata won with A♥K♥ versus Gruissem's Q♣Q♥ when a king flopped. Gruissem dropped to only 10 big blinds and he busted to Antonius a few hands later to notch another cash on the year. Paul Phua left the action in fifth place and Antonius won another key all-in. Phua shoved for 256,000 with the blinds at 8,000/16,000 holding 9♣9♠ and Antonius woke up with K♦K♠. The board ran out in the favor of Antonius and the final table was left to four. Antonius became the fourth-place finisher as he doubled up Vladimir Troyanovskiy and then busted to the Russian within the span of a few hands. Troyanovskiy won with queens against the fives of Antonius to knock the mighty Fin down to under 30 big blinds. The action picked up from there. Troyanovskiy opened the A♦K♥ to 37,000 and Antonious joined him with 7♥6♥ from the small blind. Hata didn't want to be left out and called in the big blind with A♥4♥. A 10♥3♥3♠ flop resulted in Troyanovskiy betting 50,000 and Antonius following his action with an all-in raise of 408,000. Hata moved all-in over the top and Troyanovskiy pitched his hand. Antonious' limited outs did not materialize and fourth would be his final result. Konstantin Uspenskii felt to Hata only 10 minutes into three-handed play. Uspenskii's K♠8♠ went in for 14 blinds against Hata's queens and did not improve. Hata's heads up lead over Troyanovskiy never left his grasp and he closed out the impressive victory in a brief match. Troyanovskiy pushed for nine big blinds with J♠7♣ and was met in the middle by Hata's K♣4♣. The board ran out queen-high and Hata stepped into the Triton Poker winner's circle for the first time. The next Triton High Roller event in Russia is already in session with Day 1 of the ₽6 million ($100,000) Super High Roller underway. Triton Poker High Roller Final Table Results 1. Aymon Hata - $756,000 2. Vladimir Troyanovskiy – $501,795 3. Konstantin Uspenskii – $354,375 4. Patrik Antonius – $236,250 5. Paul Phua – $165,375 6. Philipp Gruissem – $118,125
  3. It was another banner day for one of poker’s winningest players as Bryn Kenney found himself back in the winner’s circle again after taking down the 2019 HK$1,000,000 Triton Montenegro Main Event for $2,713.859. Kenney outlasted an all-star final table that included runner-up Daniel Tang, Peter Jetten, Nikita Badziakouski, Sam Greenwood, Erik Seidel, Matthias Eibinger, Jason Koon and Triton Poker Series founder Paul Phua. Kenney’s over $2.7 million score is the second largest of his career, right behind his over $3.06M haul that he took home for his runner-up finish in Triton’s HK$2M Super High Roller Series Jeju Main Event in March. It’s his second victory of the Montenegro series, the first coming in Event #2 (HK$500,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed) where he won the $1,431,376 first-place prize. Kenney’s 2019 has been nothing short of incredible. According to The Hendon Mob, the New York pro has eight results this year, four of which are for victories - including his official first-place finish in the 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event. In total, Kenney has over $9.1 million in total earnings this year alone, putting him at the top of the list for 2019 earners. He has also jumped up two spots on the All-Time Money List to fourth place sitting only behind Erik Seidel (3rd), Daniel Negreanu (2nd) and list leader Justin Bonomo. HK$1,000,000 Triton Montenegro Main Event Final Table Results 1. Bryn Kenney - $2,713,859 (HK$21,300,000) 2. Daniel Tang - $1,796,498 (HK$14,100,000) 3. Peter Jetten - $1,223,148 (HK$9,600,000) 4. Nikita Badziakouski - $925,005 (HK$7,260,000) 5. Sam Greenwood - $719,873 (HK$5,650,000) 6. Paul Phua - $560,609 (HK$4,400,000) 7. Erik Seidel - $440,842 (HK$3,460,000) 8. Matthias Eibinger - $341,462 (HK$2,680,000) 9. Jason Koon - $261,193 (HK$2,050,000) Kenney’s Path To Victory Although the player pool for the Main Event was limited, a total of 44 players (plus their 31 re-entries) pushed the prize pool to HK$70,500,000 ($8,982,494 USD). When the final nine returned to play to a winner, there were plenty of short stacks at the table. One of them was Triton ambassador Jason Koon. After losing a flip and doubling up Paul Phua, Koon was sitting on five big blinds. He moved in on the button with [ac][7d]. Nikita Badziakouski reshoved to isolate Koon, holding [8c][8s]. However, Matthias Ebinger also got involved from the big blind, calling with [ad][qh]. While a queen did hit the flop, an eight turned and both Koon and Eibinger hit the rail. Koon, the shorter stack, would take ninth place for $261,193 while Eibinger settled for eighth place and $341,462. Seidel finished in seventh place when his short stack re-shove with [qh][9h] from the small blind was called by Badziakouski’s [as][td]. The pro from Belarus turned the ten-high flush to send Seidel out the door in seventh for $440,842. The final six battled for the better part of three levels, during which time Kenney began to accumulate chips from the then chip leader Badziakouski. Six handed, Kenney picked up pocket queens on the button and limped, the small blind folded and Paul Phua checked his option holding [7s][4d]. The flop brought both a seven and a queen, giving Kenney a lock on the hand. Phua, however, moved all in with his pair of sevens, practically drawing dead. Phua finished in sixth for $560,609. Greenwood was sitting on a short stack and from the cutoff, he limped with the [ad][qd]. Danny Tang completed in the small blind with the [ks][5d] and Badziakouski checked his option with the [kc][9h]. The flop came [2c][kd][4s] with both blinds flopping a pair. Checked to Greenwood he put out a min-bet. Tang made the call and Badziakouski put in a raise. Greenwood tank-shoved which got Tang to fold. Badziakouski tanked, fearing Greenwood has limped aces pre-flop. Eventually, Badziakouski made the call. The board bricked out for Greenwood who finished in fifth place adding $719,813 to his earnings, which is now more than $17.445M lifetime. Kenney and Badziakouski then got the two biggest stacks in on a massive flip as Badziakouski’s [ac][js] faced off against Kenney’s [7c][7s]. Kenney’s pair held and Badziakouski, who had led for the majority of the final table, ended up in fourth place taking home $925,005. After that hand, Kenney was a massive chip leader over both Jetten and Tang. Kenney took out Jetten in third place when his [th][9s] clipped Jetten’s [ks][6h]. Jetten picked up the second largest cash of his career, taking home $1,223,148. Finally, Danny Tang faced off against Kenney with 12-1 chip deficit. There was no coming back in this one as Kenney closed it out, making Tang the runner-up for $1,796,498. It is the first seven-figure cash of Tang’s career. For Kenney, the heater continues as the $2,713,859 first-place prize of the HK$1,000,000 Triton Montenegro Main Event is his third million dollar score in a row. The 2019 Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro continues through May 17.
  4. Aaron Zang has done it! On Saturday, he captured the title in poker's richest-ever tournament, winning the £1,050,000 buy-in Triton Million: A Helping Hand for Charity for £13,779,791 in prize money. Zang topped a mixed field of 54 businessmen, recreational players, and the game’s top professionals to capture the title. Entering the Triton Million, Zang, who is known as a high-stakes cash game player, had less than $900,000 in live tournament earnings. Originally set to pay the winner £19,000,000, a heads-up deal was struck between Zang and his final opponent, Bryn Kenney, that saw Zang take £13,779,791 and Kenney take £16,890,509. With a conversion rate that puts Kenney's prize north of $20,400,000, Kenney is now the holder of poker's largest single score from a live tournament. That is rather fitting as Kenney now sits atop poker's all-time money list, as recorded by Hendon Mob, as a result of the finish. Triton Million Results 1st: Aaron Zang - £13,779,791* 2nd: Bryn Kenney - £16,890,509* 3rd: Dan Smith - £7,200,000 4th: Stephen Chidwick - £4,410,000 5th: Vivek Rajkumar - £3,000,000 6th: Bill Perkins - £2,200,000 7th: Alfred DeCarolis - £1,720,000 8th: Timothy Adams - £1,400,000 9th: Wai Leong Chan - £1,200,000 10th: Chin Wei Lim - £1,100,000 11th: Winfred Yu - £1,100,000 *First and second prizes as a result of a heads-up deal. Zang began the third and final day of the tournament in sixth place on the leaderboard with eight players remaining, but the early story of the final table was the demise of Vivek Rajkumar, who entered with a big chip lead over the rest of the field. First, Bill Perkins scored a double through Rajkumar when his pocket nines held up against Rajkumar’s pocket fours on Hand #9. Perkins then doubled again through Rajkumar on Hand #30 when his pocket sevens held up against Rajkumar’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kh"]. Despite the two hits to his stack, Rajkumar maintained his lead. Not too long after Perkins scored his second double up of the day, Zang took his turn doubling through Rajkumar. Both players had the same hand, ace-jack, but it was Zang’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jh"] that made a flush against Rajkumar’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jd"] after the board ran out [poker card="Ts"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="Th"]. That brought Rajkumar back to the pack and his closest competitor was Kenney, who had rather quietly worked his way up to an eight-figure chip stack. Rajkumar was able to get things moving in the right direction when, on Hand #49, he knocked out Timothy Adams in eighth place. Right after that, on Hand #50, Stephen Chidwick scored a double up through Rajkumar, forcing Rajkumar to give a good chunk of the chips he had just won to someone else. Chidwick used those newly acquired chips to then knock out Alfred DeCarolis on Hand #51, closing out quite the exciting three-hand run of action. Things only got worse for Rajkumar on Hand #56. On the [poker card="Tc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="4h"] flop, Dan Smith held the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Jc"] to Rajkumar’s [poker card="Th"][poker card="9h"]. All the money went in and it was Smith’s overpair up against Rajkumar’s top two pair. It was a good spot for Rajkumar, but the turn was the [poker card="3d"] and the river the [poker card="Js"] to give Smith the huge double into the chip lead. Rajkumar was knocked down to the second shortest stack with six players remaining. Perkins grabbed another double up through Rajkumar on Hand #66, which knocked Rajkumar down to the bottom of the pack. Rajkumar fought on, though, and it was eventually Perkins who busted in sixth place. Kenney was the one to bust Perkins, holding the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ad"] to Perkins’ [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Td"]. With six players left and the blinds at 150,000-300,000 with a 300,000 big blind ante on Hand #88, Zang shoved all in for 11,375,000 from the small blind with the [poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"]. Kenney was in the big blind with a stack of 7,775,000 and called holding the [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"]. The flop, turn, and river ran out [poker card="Jh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="Qs"] and Kenney survived a big sweat to score the double. Rajkumar was next out, busting in fifth place on Hand #91. Like Perkins, Rajkumar also ran into the aces of Kenney. That allowed Kenney to take the chip lead, but it didn’t last long because Zang flopped top two pair versus Kenney’s top pair on Hand #100 and doubled through Kenney. Despite Zang doubling through him, Kenney powered on and began to run away with the lead for some time. It looked like it really was going to be Kenney’s tournament, and even more so after he busted Chidwick in fourth place. Kenney didn’t stop there, busting Smith in third and taking quite a large chip lead into heads-up play. Heads-up play didn’t last too long, but it was the underdog Zang who stormed back in the match. First, Zang found a double up with pocket sixes against Kenney’s [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qd"] to close the gap. Then, Zang moved into the chip lead after he made a full house and allowed Kenney to bluff off some chips to him. Shortly after that, it was all over. On the final hand, the two found the money in the middle on the [poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"] flop. Kenney had the [poker card="As"][poker card="6s"] for a flush draw, and Zang had the [poker card="8d"][poker card="5d"] for top pair. The turn was the [poker card="9c"] and the river was the [poker card="Kd"] to secure Zang the win.
  5. The 2019 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series wrapped up its festival of high-stakes events in London last week. There were seven events, headlined by the £1,050,000 buy-in Triton Million: A Helping Hand for Charity and several million-dollar scores were had. Chief among them was Bryn Kenney with his £16,890,509 result, that converted to $20,563,324. The monstrous score earned Kenney the largest payday in poker history and put him atop the all-time money list. Kenney wasn’t the only big winner, though. Here’s a look at the biggest winners from the 2019 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series London. Top 20 2019 Triton Poker Series London Money List 1. Bryn Kenney - £16,890,509 ($20,563,324) 2. Aaron Zang - £13,779,491 ($16,775,920) 3. Dan Smith - £7,245,300 ($8,820,778) 4. Stephen Chidwick - £5,383,800 ($6,553,948) 5. Wai Kin Yong - £4,426,695 ($5,386,804) 6. Paul Phua - £3,582,305 (4,359,418) 7. Vivek Rajkumar - £3,000,000 ($3,652,345) 8. Justin Bonomo - £2,871,600 ($3,494,073) 9. Bill Perkins - £2,200,000 ($2,678,386) 10. Timothy Adams - £1,899,000 ($2,311,845) 11. Alfred De Carolis - £1,720,000 ($2,094,011) 12. David Benefield - £1,578,600 ($1,919,582) 13. Chin Lim - £1,561,300 ($1,900,134) 14. Wai Chan- £1,550,300 ($1,887,269) 15. Xu Liang - £1,452,900 ($1,767,878) 16. Ben Heath - £1,393,100 ($1,695,407) 17. Charlie Carrel - £1,321,000 ($1,601,853) 18. Linus Loeliger - £1,284,000 ($1,560,327) 19. Christopher Soyza - £1,242,300 ($1,511,921) 20. Jason Koon - £1,177,500 ($1,428,868) Kenney sits atop the series’ leaderboard thanks to his historic score. An interesting note about the score is that, while it broke the record for poker’s largest single tournament score, it was for a second-place finish in the event. Aaron Zang, who is second on this list, actually won the Triton Million event, but a deal with Kenney allowed Kenney to take more money. As a brief aside, Kenney’s 2019 has been absolutely incredible. He’s won nearly $30,000,000 in 2019 and this year alone would have him ranked #10 on poker’s all-time money list. Of note, Kenney won the Aussie Millions Main Event and was the fifth biggest winner from that entire series. Dan Smith and Stephen Chidwick are third and fourth on the list, respectively, and both placed in this positions in the Triton Million. But unlike Kenney and Zang ahead of them, Smith and Chidwick cashed in more events than just the £1,050,000 headliner. Smith took 15th in the £25,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em Turbo event for £45,300 ($55,150). Chidwick cashed in three other events for an additional £973,800 ($1,185,001) on top of the £4,410,000 ($5,368,947) he cashed for in the Triton Million. Chidwick took sixth in the £50,000 Short Deck Ante-Only event, seventh in the £100,000 Triton Main Event, and ninth in the £100,000 Short Deck Main Event. The next two names on the list, Wai Kin Yong and Paul Phua, did not cash in the Triton Million, so their performances over the course of the rest of the series must have been pretty good if they landed this high on the leaderboard. Yong won the £100,000 Triton Main Event for £2,591,695 ($3,154,064), and the player he beat was Phua, who took £2,558,305 ($3,113,429) for second place after the two struck a deal. Yong then took second in the £100,00 Short Deck Main Event for £1,835,000 ($2,232,740). Interestingly enough, Phua also went deep in that one, finishing fourth for £974,500 ($1,185,725). Phua added a third cash to his performance. Timothy Adams found himself as the 10th biggest earner from the series, having cashed a total of three times including once in the Triton Million. Outside of the top 10, David Benefield, Chin Lim, Wai Chan, Jason Koon, and Isaac Haxton also cashed three times at the festival. All told, 24 players cashed for at least $1,000,000 at the series. The 20 listed above were joined by Winfred Yu, Sam Greenwood, Haxton, and Rui Cao as seven-figure winners.
  6. The Triton Million: A Helping Hand for Charity will be a record setter when action kicks off Thursday. The £1,050,000 buy-in tournament will make it the biggest buy-in in poker history, and the event comes with a unique format. It's a freezeout where recreational/businessmen players can enter via invite only. Those invited can then issue one invite of their own to a guest/professional players. As of Wednesday morning, 26 pairings had been named, but it's the 'what could have beens' that are equally as intriguing. Let's take a look at a handful of recreational-professional pairings that we would've liked to have seen compete in the Triton Million. Chamath Palihapitiya and Phil Hellmuth It's no secret that Chamath Palihapitiya and Phil Hellmuth have a close relationship. We've seen it on Hellmuth's social media accounts all too often. A former Facebook executive and now a successful investor, Palihapitiya fits the mold of the perfect recreational poker player to enter this field. He's played poker in the past, including the first-ever World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop that cost $1,000,000 to enter, and has three WSOP cashes and two World Poker Tour cashes. Being good friends with Hellmuth makes Hellmuth the perfect invitee for Palihapitiya, and getting the polarizing 15-time gold bracelet winner in the field would be very entertaining. Isai Scheinberg and Daniel Negreanu Now this, this is a pairing, and we'll call it 'getting the band back together.' The founder of PokerStars, Isai Scheinberg, paired with the company's former golden boy, Daniel Negreanu. It would be absolutely tremendous to see, and we all know both parties have enough money to afford the gigantic £1,050,000 buy-in. We all know how skillful and experienced of a poker player Negreanu is, but Scheinberg has conquered the felt before, too. He won the UKIPT Isle of Man High Roller in the same year that Negreanu finished second in the 2014 WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. Tiger Woods and Antonio Esfandiari How can we not want to have Antonio Esfandiari, 'the magician,' the first-ever $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop winner, in the field? In order to make this happen, he needs a recreational player to invite him. Who bigger and better than Tiger Woods? You may be asking yourself, does Woods play poker and what's the connection here? Yes, Woods plays poker. He might not be entering the priciest tournaments in the world as some of these other recreational players are, but he’s the host of Tiger's Poker Night as part of Tiger Jam, held in partnership with the World Poker Tour each year, so he knows the game. On more than one occasion, Esfandiari has been one of the celebrity professionals to attend Tiger's Poker Night. Dan Fleyshman and Phil Ivey How do we get Phil Ivey in this field? We pair him with Dan Fleyshman, that’s how. Fleyshman doesn’t dabble in poker as he once did, but he’s still around the game enough that he could perform well in this tournament. One of his claims to fame is being the youngest founder of a publicly traded company and he's an active businessman and investor. Ivey is Ivey. His star power alone is worthy of entry into a £1,050,000 buy-in tournament, and we all know he has the chops to perform on the felt. He knows Fleyshman, so the pairing works, and we’d absolutely love to see Ivey in the field. David Einhorn and Erik Seidel Investor and hedge fund manager David Einhorn may not be a professional poker player, but he’s as avid a recreational player as they come. He's been known to compete in the highest buy-in poker tournaments the world has to offer, and he took third place for $4,352,000 in the first-ever $1,000,000 buy-in poker tournament the world has ever seen. With Einhorn being a New York guy, a perfect pairing would be Erik Seidel. Seidel is currently third on poker’s all-time money list with more than $35,000,000 in winnings, he’s an eight-time WSOP gold bracelet winner, and also a WPT champion. Although he’s of an older generation of players, Seidel continues to be a crusher on the high-stakes poker scene and has plenty of experience against the fellow professional players in the field. Haralabos Voulgaris and Daniel Colman Since Haralabos Voulgaris' new gig with the Dallas Mavericks, he hasn't been around the poker scene much. Not that the former professional sports bettor was grinding every tournament under the sun before he became the NBA team's Director of Quantitative Research and Development, but Voulgaris was known to get down in the high-stakes arena. Having played a couple million-dollar buy-ins before, this event is right in his wheelhouse. Voulgaris and Daniel Colman have a relationship that saw Voulgaris on Colman’s rail when Colman won the 2014 WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. It would also be fitting to see Colman return to poker’s public stage in the largest buy-in event in the game’s history. Evan Mathis and Alex Foxen Maybe we’re reaching here, maybe we’re not, but these are dream scenarios so let’s keep rolling with it. Evan Mathis spent 12 years in the NFL and was one of the league’s top offensive lineman. He won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos and reached the Pro Bowl on two occasions. According to Spotrac, Mathis has estimated career earnings from football at more than $21,000,000. He recently grabbed headlines when he sold a 1952 Topps rookie card of Mickey Mantle for nearly $3 million. That’s enough to pay for his entry, his guest’s entry, and have plenty left over. Sticking with the football tie-in, Mathis’ guest could be Alex Foxen, a former football player for Boston College. These two would be quite the presence on and off the felt and both have the skills to compete. Richard Seymour and Ryan Riess Another fantasy Triton Million pairing is Richard Seymour and Ryan Riess. This would give us who is arguably poker’s strongest mainstream connection, Seymour, in the field and the three-time Super Bowl winner has plenty of experience on the felt. He just came off a 131st-place finish in the WSOP Main Event. A huge sports enthusiast and a player friendly with Seymour is Ryan Riess, winner of the 2013 WSOP Main Event and also a WPT champion. Steve Aoki and Brian Rast The last dream pairing we'll look at involves superstar DJ Steve Aoki and top poker player Brian Rast. The two know each other, so the connection works for the invite, and Aoki has been known to play a bit of poker in his spare time. With Aoki being billed as one of the richest DJs in the world, the cake-tossing music maker should have enough cash to enter. If not, Rast can certainly front or find the money to get Aoki in so that he can play in the event. How To Watch the Triton Million Fans from around the world can watch the Triton Million for free on PokerGO. Ali Nejad will call the action, with professional poker player Nick Schulman alongside to provide expert commentary. Action starts Thursday, August 1, at 8 am ET and PokerGO will have coverage for the entirety of the event. If you don't already have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  7. The Triton Super High Roller Poker Series is about to make history. On Thursday, August 1 the Triton Million: A Helping Hand For Charity tournament will begin and it’s £1,050,000 buy-in will make the three-day event the biggest buy-in in poker history. Some of the biggest names in the game of poker will make their way to the UK to participate in this historic event that blends nosebleed stakes with an effort to raise money for a host of charitable causes. From every buy-in, £50,000 will be raised to benefit charities that include REG, the Caring For Children Foundation, Healthy Hong Kong, Credit One World Charity, and One Drop. Invitations Please It’s not just the super-sized buy-in that makes playing in this tournament unique. The Triton Million was searching for a way to make sure the event wasn’t simply packed with pieced-out pros. They wanted to give recreational players and business professionals a reason to participate, so that made the event invitation only - with a twist. A Triton Poker Series committee handed out invitations only to non-professional players and then allowed them to invite one player each, which could be a pro player. The result is a field consisting of one half ‘recreationals’ and the other half, super high roller poker pros. For the first six hours, each half will be separated. The pros will only play against other pros and the recs will battle the recs. Then, there will be a redraw and the tournament will proceed as usual. With only 23 business professionals signed up, pro players needed to find themselves an invite from a like-minded counterpart. Here are those pro players that made a connection or two and will be taking a seat at the Triton Million. Bryn Kenney [caption id="attachment_625864" align="alignnone" width="903"] Bryn Kenney (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] Bryn Kenney is in the midst of a career year. The regular super high roller and former #1-ranked GPI player has spent the better part of 2019 destroying the biggest buy-ins in the world, claiming three seven-figure scores this year alone. In addition to taking down the 2019 Aussie Million Main Event for over $914,000, Kenney has posted some of the biggest results of his career in previous Triton Poker Super High Roller Series. In March, he finished as the runner-up in the Triton Jeju Main Event for a career-high cash of $3,062,513. He followed that up with back-to-back victories during Triton Montenegro bringing him scores of $1.4 million and $2.7 million in a three-day span. His incredible run has vaulted him to the rarified air of the top 5 on the All-Time Money List, where he currently sits at #4. He is also currently resting as the #2 player on the 2019 Money List, second only to the winner of the World Series of Poker Main Event, Hossein Ensan. Kenney was invited to the Triton Million by Poker Central founder Cary Katz. Tom Dwan [caption id="attachment_625865" align="alignnone" width="903"] Tom Dwan (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] Tom Dwan is arguably one of the most popular poker players in the history of the game. When his exciting, aggressive style of play was featured in the pre-Black Friday televised cash games heyday, the young man known as ‘Durrrr’ became iconic as the representative of the young crop of online grinders who helped push the game of poker to the next level. Nowadays, a Tom Dwan sighting is rare. Especially in a tournament. It’s generally understood that Dwan spends his time grinding the largest cash games in the world in Macau, only buying into tournaments when the stakes are at their highest, like the Triton Million. In fact, Dwan only has five recorded tournament results since 2011, two of which were invitational events. His last tournament cash was from June 2018 where he had a final table finish during the Triton Jeju Short Deck event for $252,320. In April 2019, Dwan was named an official Triton Poker ambassador. Dwan was invited to the Triton Million by the founder of the Triton Series himself, Paul Phua. Justin Bonomo [caption id="attachment_625867" align="alignnone" width="903"] Justin Bonomo (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] It wouldn’t be a Super High Roller event without the current king of the All-Time Money List, Justin Bonomo. For roughly a two year stretch between 2017-2018, it seemed like there wasn’t a nosebleed tournament where Bonomo didn't end up with all the chips. With just over $45 million in career earnings, Bonomo has a trophy case filled with super high roller scores including the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl China for $4.8 million, the 2019 Super High Roller Bowl title in Las Vegas for $5 million and the 2018 $1M The Big One For One Drop at the World Series of Poker for $10 million. Bonomo’s last outright victory took place this past March when he conquered the field in the first Short Deck event of the 2019 Triton Juju SHR Series taking home just over $586,000. Bonomo was invited to the Triton Million by Ferdinand Putra. Fedor Holz [caption id="attachment_625869" align="alignnone" width="903"] Fedor Holz (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] Despite having ‘retired’ from poker, German poker savant Fedor Holz is still very much categorized as a pro. Hailing from a country packed with some of the greatest minds in the game, Holz sits at #1 on Germany’s All-Time Money List (#6 in the world) thanks to his over $32M in career earnings. Like many players who will be attending Triton Million, Holz found the majority of his success in the high rollers, where he absolutely dominated the scene in 2016. At the time Holz went on his outstanding tournament tear, the poker world had not seen anything like it. Holz took down the 2016 Triton Philippines Main Event title for over $3 million as well as the WSOP’s $111,111 High Roller for One Drop for nearly $5 million in a campaign that brought his over $16 million for the year. Nowadays, Holz spends much of his time working in business endeavors off the felt, including his midset app, Primed Mind. However, it was just last year that Holz finished as the runner-up to Justin Bonomo in the $1M buy-in Big One For One Drop, taking home $6 million for his efforts. Holz was invited to the Triton Mliion by Antanas ‘Tony G’ Guoga. Daniel 'Jungleman' Cates [caption id="attachment_625872" align="alignnone" width="903"] Daniel 'Jungleman' Cates (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] One of the most unique and entertaining players on the SHR circuit is Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates. A regular in the nosebleed cash games in Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Cates is known as a fearless player willing to take on anyone, anywhere, and at any stakes. When Cates isn’t busy producing steamy poker themed music videos, he has found plenty of success on the Triton tour. In 2016 he took home the Triton SHR Series Sanctity Cup title, just days before finishing third in the same series Main Event for over $1 million. He also took home another Triton trophy in May 2019 taking down the NLHE/Short Deck Mix event for just over $500,000. Cates was invited to the Triton Million by Malaysian businessman Richard Yong. Plenty of other pro players were able to find an invite into the tournaments and they are listed below, with their businessman/recreational counterpart in parentheses. David Peters (Stanley Choi) Rui Cao (Wai Kin Yong) Jason Koon (Bobby Baldwin) Mikita Badziakouski (Liang Yu) Timofey Kuznetsov (Ivan Leow) Stephen Chidwick (Alfred DeCarolis) Wai Leong Chan (Chin Wei Lim) Christoph Vogelsang (Chow Hing Yaung) Nick Petrangelo (Pat Madden) Sam Greenwood (Sosia Jiang) Elton Tsang (Qiang Wang) Tan Xuan (Zang Shu Nu) Martin Kabrhel (Leon Tsoukernik) Matthias Eibinger (Open Kisacikoglu) Igor Kurganov (Talal Shakerchi) Sam Trickett (Rob Yong) Bill Perkins (Dan Smith) Andrew Robl (Andrew Pantling) Vivek Rajkumar (Rick Solomon) Danny Tang (Winfred Yu) Michael Soyza (Ben Wu) How To Watch the Triton Million Fans from around the world can watch the Triton Million for free on PokerGO. Ali Nejad will call the action, with professional poker player Nick Schulman alongside to provide expert commentary. Action starts Thursday, August 1, at 8 am ET and PokerGO will have coverage for the entirety of the event. 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  8. London won't be burning with boredom this week. The biggest buy-in poker tournament ever takes over London this week with many of the world's best high roller poker players playing at the invite of big-swinging recreational players. The Triton Million is a £1,050,000 buy-in tournament with unique rules designed to provide some level footing for the businessmen and women against some of poker's elite and all of the action will be streamed live. Leveling the Playing Field Not just anybody can play though. The Triton Million features a unique format designed to ensure the tournament isn't a shark fest. Triton organizers invited 23 recreational players, mainly businessmen and women, and each of them is allowed to invite one professional poker player as their guest. In an attempt to create a fair playing environment, recreational players will be separated from the pros for the first six levels of play with a full re-draw taking place following the sixth level. At that point, all players will be inter-mingled with the exception that recreational players can not be seated with the pro they invited until reaching the final table. Players are also not permitted to wear any form of clothing that covers their face or head. This includes scarves, funnel neck sweatshirts, turtle neck jumpers, hats/caps. All-Star Calibre Field As with any Triton Poker event, Paul Phua and Richard Yong will be in the field as two of the recreational players. They'll be joined on the recreational side by the likes of Bobby Baldwin, Cary Katz, Rob Yong, Talal Shakerchi, Tony G, and Leon Tsoukernik. Fedor Holz, Tom Dwan, Jason Koon, Sam Greenwood, Bryn Kenney, Mikita Badziakouski, Stephen Chidwick, Nick Petrangelo, and Timofey Kuznetsov are just a sprinkling of the players who have accepted an invite to play. There are currently 47 players registered including two additions made late Monday when hedge fund manager Bill Perkins invited Dan Smith to play. The only recreational player who has so far chosen not to extend an invite to a pro is Rick Salomon. The History of $1 Million Buy-In Poker Tournaments The £1,050,000 buy-in - roughly $1,285,000 US - make this just the fifth tournament in history to have a seven-figure buy-in. The previous four were all World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop events. The first Big One for One Drop in 2012 featured 48 players and was won by Antonio Esfandiari and represents the largest prize pool of the four. Year Event Entries Winner Prize pool 2012 $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop 48 Antonio Esfandiari $42,666,672 2014 $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop 42 Dan Colman $37,333,338 2016 €1,000,000 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza 28 Elton Tsang $27,437,564 2018 $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop 27 Justin Bonomo $24,840,000 The 2016 event in Monte Carlo was only open to recreational players and was won by Elton Tsang. Multiple Charities Set to Benefit Like the Big One for One Drop, the Triton Million also has a charitable angle. £50,000 from each buy-in goes to Triton Million beneficiaries, a hand-selected collection of charities including Caring for Children Foundation, Healthy Hong Kong, Credit One World Charity Foundation, Sarawak Children's Cancer Society, Malaysian Red Crescent, One Drop, and Raise for Effective Giving (REG). Full Triton Super High Roller London Schedule The Triton Million is the star of a seven-event Super High Roller London schedule that includes a mix of traditional No Limit Hold'em and Short Deck Hold'em spread over the eight days of play. Event # Buy-In Game Dates 1 £25,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Turbo July 31 2 £1,050,000 Triton Million for Charity August 1-3 3 £50,000 No Limit Hold'em August 2-3 4 £100,000 Main Event August 4-5 5 £25,000 Short Deck Ante Only No Limit Hold'em August 5-6 6 £100,000 Short Deck Main Event August 6-8 7 £50,000 Short Deck Ante Only No Limit Hold'em August 7-8 How to Watch the Triton Million Triton Poker has an established history of hosting live streams of their events to huge audiences around the world with commentary in multiple languages. Previous tournaments have been streamed on YouTube and Twitch, but the all three days of Triton Million will be streamed for free on PokerGO beginning, August 1 at 8 AM ET. Ali Nejad and Nick Schulman will be in the booth calling all of the action. If you don't already have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  9. If you were somehow able to plug your headphones into the music that plays in Bryn Kenney's head every day, you might find yourself suddenly out of step. Kenney does not keep pace with his companions and, quite clearly, the man hears a very different drummer. When the final table of the Triton Million event wrapped up, it was Aaron Zang posing for winner photos and doing the requisite post-win interviews with the assembled media after having won the biggest buy-in poker tournament in history. But just a few feet away, Kenney was busy arranging for his $20.5 million payout - nearly $4 million more than Zang and the largest single score in poker history - for finishing as the runner-up. Kenney now sits alone atop the Hendon Mob's all-time earnings list with $55.5 million in live tournament winnings, a position he long expected to hold. The reality of it though is finally hitting the 32-year-old. "I guess it's sinking in a bit. It feels pretty sick, almost surreal. Even though I always said that I would get it," Kenney said. "It's cool to set a goal for yourself and to hit it. It's amazing." Now that he's got the #1 spot, Kenney - who has never displayed a lack of confidence - doesn't think anybody else is ever going to catch him. Justin Bonomo, who held the #1 spot before Kenney, now sits second, some $7 million behind. "I just feel like everybody is a nice bit behind me now. I'm at the top of my game, playing so well, feeling so good. There's just lots of high roller tournaments, lots of Super High Roller Bowls and, maybe, more million dollar buy-ins where I just feel like I'm the most comfortable and most relaxed," Kenney said. "Whatever the biggest high roller there is at the time, that's what I've always done well in." The Triton Million was the fifth tournament with a seven-figure buy-in and each time the results have caused seismic shifts on the all-time money list leading many to question the legitimacy of that list. Kenney hears it, sees it on social media, but isn't going to let that diminish the pride he feels after hitting such an almost unreachable goal. "I don't really care at all. People will try to find the reason to criticize anything that they can. It doesn't really bother me. They'll look for any reason to try to shade you or put you down. I mean, I just laugh at any of it," Kenney said. When Kenney and Yang got heads-up, with an $8.9 million difference between first- and second-place payouts, Kenney was more than happy to chop and become the first player to win $20 million in a single tournament. Had Kenney not chopped, and the result stayed the same, Kenney would have taken home $14.1 million for finishing second and Yang would have collected $23 million and put his name in the record books. "As soon as we got heads up, he just asked if I wanted to chop and it was just so much (money). So I was like, 'Oh wow. Why not?' No reason to risk it. Play for six, seven mill, lose a few hands unluckily and lose," Kenney said. " I still wanted to win... (it was) a little brutal to lose the trophy." It's unlikely any of the professional poker players in the Triton Million had 100% of themselves. Kenney won't go into exact details on exactly how much of himself he had, but he'll certainly hint at it. Before the tournament began, Kenney declared that he had more of his personal net worth at stake in this event than any of the other 53 entries. "It was somewhere in the 30% to 40% range," Kenney admitted. "Just myself and this tournament, I just said, 'Fuck it. I don't care.' I just felt like I was gonna win it. If I didn't, I would've been fine to accept it. I just wanted to fire big on myself in the biggest tournament of all time." With six-figure buy-in tournaments now running throughout the year, Kenney doesn't think he's going to play too many events that aren't $100,000 buy-ins or bigger and he's unlikely to miss any event that Triton puts on, no matter where they are in the world. "I really wouldn't mind if I never played another tournament except for Triton and Aussie Millions," Kenney said. That's music to the ears of the Aussie Millions organizers, who will be glad to learn their reigning Main Event champion will be back to try and defend his title. "I love it there. It's a good time of the year. I told my family I was going to take them to Australia before this win even, anyway. I was planning on taking my whole family for Christmas and New Year's to Sydney and then from there I'll wind up going to Melbourne," Kenney said. In the days leading up to the Triton Million, Kenney went looking extra action. He offered to bet on him and his "recreational player" partner, Cary Katz, against any other duo. He found plenty of takers and ended up adding what he claims was more than a Triton Million min-cash was worth to his haul when all was said and done. "Nobody won any of the bets that they had against me and I didn't really turn down any bets either. One bet chopped, but other than that, I scooped every bet that everybody wanted against me. It was just such fun times," Kenney said. "Most of it happened before the final table even started because a lot of the teams that I bet against, all of their players were out when we made the money. So it was already over once the money hit." Entering into the biggest buy-in tournament of all-time requires a very high level of self-confidence. Kenney was happy to book extra bets because he looked at the tournament format and felt it played right into his strengths. "I just thought I was more prepared than everybody else. I thought it was a tournament that was set for me. I kind of just wanted to talk shit to everybody too, and maybe get in everyone's head a little bit and make them think that I was overconfident and maybe was just going to be overzealous and maybe not as prepared as I was," Kenney said. "Me against everybody, just the way I like it." The Triton Million had a number of rules different from nearly any other poker tournament in the world. The rules were geared towards making the event a first-class affair from start to finish, top to bottom. Players couldn't cover their face with a scarf, or sunglasses or a cap, with exceptions for players at the TV table bothered by the lights. There was also a dress code for the final table. "A formal suit will be required to be worn at the final table," the rules read. Kenney had no intention of wearing a suit though, at least not a conventional sports coat, dress shirt, tie combination. The proud New Yorker showed up wearing an outfit he had made during a recent trip to Japan that showcased his love for his hometown. While the seven other players at the final table all showed up embracing the sports coat look, Kenney says nobody from Triton said a word to him about his attire before play began and feels he was still better dressed than some of his opponents. "Everybody knows me. Even the people in charge, they kind of knew that I wasn't going to come in with a suit because it's not really my style. But at the same time I was going to come in with something swag. I mean everybody else wore a suit," Kenney said. "I didn't do anything disrespectful. I didn't mean anything disrespectful at all. I mean, if everyone was coming (dressed) in Tom Ford suits and dressing all A-plus, top-top, no problem. You want me to get a Tom Ford suit? That's fine. But you know if people are bringing their Marshalls suit for the million dollar tournament, I mean, I don't really see the need for me to wear some whatever suit too." Standing by himself on top of the all-time money list, Kenney scrolls through the names below him and sees a number of players who follow and preach the 'Game Theory Optimal' gospel and takes an extra bit of pride in knowing he got where is by doing things his own way. "That's the thing. Poker is a game of making good decisions and maybe if you're doing all this and thinking you need to play the same way always, maybe you're kind of overlooking some things that you should also be looking at," Kenney said. "I feel like poker is a much more complicated game than people really give it (credit for) and anyone thinking that it's just a numbers game, that you could crunch numbers and make the same decisions always, I really think that they couldn't really be more off."
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