2 Minutes Read
The 2023 Triton Super High Roller Series Northern Cyprus is in full swing at the lavish Merit Hotel & Resort in Northern Cyprus. India’s Santhosh Suvarna set a high bar with his victory in Event #1: $25K NLH GG Super Millions Live, marking a dynamic beginning to the 15-event series. A second champion has emerged in Event #2: $20K 7-Max NLHE, attracting a formidable lineup of 138 competitors.
High stakes legend Jason Koon (cover image), known for his strategic mastery and unwavering focus, navigated this challenging field to clinch his career’s sixth Triton trophy, banking $663,000 and solidifying his status in the annals of Triton Poker history. As a longstanding record-holder at Triton Poker events, Koon furthered his lead last night, outpacing Mikita Badziakouski, who boasts four Triton Poker titles.
The 37-year-old American pro has boosted his live tournament winnings just shy of $44 Million, now sprinting to the seventh rank in the All-Time Money List.
Talking about his enormous success in Triton Poker tournaments, Koon said, “I have obviously run well, but I have a lot of experience. I think one of the biggest things is that I’ve been doing it for a very, very long time. I’ve been playing with the same player pool for a very long time. There are some new faces in this smaller event, but I’ve played with the same competition for years and years. You start to download good information about people and you can make good decisions.”
Day 2 saw fierce competition as only the final 28 players reconvened, with the promise of a payout awaiting 20 of them. The tension was palpable, with 21 players left in the game. In a dramatic turn of events, Nikolay Losev managed to secure a double-up off Viacheslav Buldygin (9th for $66,200), only to lose all his chips in a subsequent hand, resulting in a disappointing exit as the bubble boy.
Once the bubble burst, the tournament kicked into high gear, with the remaining 20 players guaranteed a piece of the prize pool. The pace of the game accelerated, and eliminations ensued in rapid succession. Among the casualties were some of the poker world’s brightest stars, including Hossein Ensan (13th for $48,400), Tom Dwan (14th for $44,200), Patrik Antonius (16th for $40,000), and Isaac Haxton (19th for $35,800), all of whom were swept from the table in this whirlwind of high-stakes action.
You can watch the Day 2 replay on a 30-minute delay below.
Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts
Sean Winter was the first player to be knocked out from the final table, leaving in eighth place to collect a $85,500 paycheque.
Final Table Recap
Ian Bradley who was attending the Triton Series in Northern Cyprus for the first time, became the first casualty on the final table, leaving in seventh place.
Artur Martirosian then jammed with the last of his stack holding pocket treys but Koon called with pocket fours, eliminating Martirosian in fourth place.
Adrian Mateos then shoved all-in preflop with queen-size and looked on his way to score a triple-up as both Kanan Taherkhani and Eduard Barsegian called it off from the blinds, Taherkhani showing ace-seven, and Barsegian holding ace-six respectively. The flop brought an ace, eliminating Mateos in fifth place.
Taherkhani then knocked Eduard Barsegian in fourth place, and Stephen Chidwick followed, losing his tournament life to Koon.
Koon enjoyed an overwhelming 3-to-1 chip lead going into the heads-up against Kanan Taherkhani.
The latter picked a few small pots, before Koon closed it out. N the final hand, he held to Taherkhani’s . The duo bet on every street as the board panned out . Koon had turned a straight, while Taherkhani who paired his queen on the river jammed. Koon called, his straight beating Taherkhani’s hand, to win the tournament.
Koon admitted, “I ran really well, man. I feel great this trip. The last couple of Tritons have gone really well for me, but I was in bad health for both of them. I just happened to get sick travelling and had to grind through them. But this Triton in particular, I’m in the best shape I’ve been in in multiple years. I feel great. So I know I’m going to play really well this trip.”
Final Table Results (USD)
Content & Images Courtesy: Triton Poker
Keep following PokerGuru for all the latest updates from Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Cyprus 2023!
₹2,500 First Deposit BonusDEAL PLAY NOW
100% Deposit BonusDEAL PLAY NOW
Sign-up, complete tasks and win ₹500DEAL PLAY NOW