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The second-most expensive tournament at the ongoing 2018 partypoker Live Millions Russia poker festival has crowned a winner. British pro Aymon Hata (cover image) took down the Triton High Roller for an impressive payday of RUB 48,000,000 ($756,000). The series is being hosted at the Sochi Casino and Resort in Russia’s Krasnaya Polyana region in Sochi and the Triton Poker High Roller event that featured a buy-in of RUB3,000,000 (~$50,000) is the first of the two High Roller events that were included in the roster in cooperation with the Triton Super High Roller Series.
Hata, who recently finished third in the $100,000 High Roller at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) for $1.25 Million and has German and Japanese roots, is a regular in the Las Vegas poker circle.
“I started playing poker when I studied and built my bankroll online. Once I was finished with the studying, I decided to continue playing poker, for now, to see how that goes. I continued to build my bankroll and started playing in High Roller events through some contacts in the poker scene,”Hata said, talking about his career in poker. The high stakes pro is planning to join the field through late registration in the RUB6,000,000 ($90,750) Triton Poker Super High Roller.
A big lineup of high stakes poker pros were in attendance at the event that was played in the standard No Limit hold ‘em format and the play brought on some really epic moments.
On the final table, Hata had to face tough opponents that included the likes of Patrik Antonius, Triton Poker founder Paul Phua, Timothy Adams and Philipp Gruissem. While Antonius was a hot favorite among the survivors who reached the final day, Hata took care of his competition, sending many to the rail before eventually facing Russian pro Vladimir Troyanovskiy heads-up.
“It was definitely tough, and I had some tough spots. I got lucky once with ace-jack against kings and from there on things went really well,” Hata added, talking about the final table play.
A total of 37 players entered the event on Day 1 and only 24 remained in the field towards its conclusion. Entries remained open till the first three levels on Day 2, taking the overall field count to 47.
Day 2 Recap
Among the few late entrants on Day 2 were partypoker ambassador Anatoly Filatov and poker superstar Phil Ivey. However, both busted out even before the bubble was reached. They were joined at the rail by Dietrich Fast, Manig Loeser, Andrey Pateychuk and Abraham Passe. Jack Sinclair’s run ended after his pocket tens pitched against Troyanovskiy’s pocket jacks and he couldn’t improve on the board.
Only the top six survivors out of the nine-handed final table were to make it in the money and Bartlomiej Machon and Timothy Adams were eliminated in the ninth and eighth place respectively.
Not long thereafter, Ivan Leow, who had entered the day as chip leader, was eliminated on the money bubble after his ace-ten were defeated by Antonius who held pocket queens.
Final Table Recap
The first elimination on the final table was Philipp Gruissem, who had entered the day as one of the big stacks. Gruissem first lost two big pots and then had his ace-nine confronted by Antonius’s ace-jack. Failing to muster a better hand on the runout, Gruissem headed to the payouts desk in sixth place.
Antonius took over the lead from there on. He sent Paul Phua packing in a hand where Phua shoved for 256,000 holding and Antonius tabled . The board ran out in Antonius’s favor, ending Phua`s run in fifth place.
However Patrik Antonius’s good run was cut short soon. The Finnish pro started losing big in the subsequent hands. In one hand, he 3-bet shoved with pocket fives from the big blind only to run into Troyanovskiy`s pocket queens. Antonius lost the pot and his stack halved. Soon, he put his tournament life at risk in a hand that was also the biggest pot of the tournament so far. Antonius check-raised all in with seven-six suited on a ten-high paired flop with two hearts. Hata called all in with ace-four suited for the nut flush draw. Another heart came up on the turn leaving Antonius with just one out, which never came and Antonius had to exit in fourth place.
Konstantin Uspenskii next lost most most of his stack with a seven-high bluff against Hata’s full house. In the next hand, Hata eliminated Uspenskii in third place with his pocket queens against the latter’s king-eight suited.
Down to the heads-up play, Hata maintained a comfortable lead over Vladimir Troyanovskiy, dealing the final blow when Troyanovskiy moved all in with and he got confronted by Hata’s . The board ran out queen-high, bringing a decisive victory for Hata who also picked up his first Triton Poker title.
Final Table Results (USD)
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
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