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It seems like 2019 is setting up to be an eventful year for poker as Triton Poker announced the dates for its first series of year which will be held at the Jeju Landing Casino from March 2 to 9. A short teaser of the upcoming series was released by the brand touting it as “The Biggest Buy-In in Poker History”.
Meanwhile, poker journalist Aleeyah Jadavji won a Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship (PSPC), while Robert Sutherland took down the first-ever Short Deck Hold’em event to be hosted at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) International Circuit The Star Sydney for A$37,152.
Triton Poker announced that its first series of 2019 will run from March 2 to 9 and will be held at the Jeju Landing Casino which recently played host to the 2018 PokerStars LIVE Asia Jeju Red Dragon. This poker festival will mark a milestone as the tenth series in the history of Triton Poker.
Even though the complete schedule of the series is yet to be unveiled, the brand has released an exciting sneak peek for the stop giving a glimpse of what the company promises will be “The Biggest Buy-In in Poker History”.
The current record for the biggest buy-in in a poker tournament is held by the $1,000,000 Big One For One Drop that has played out twice at the WSOP in Las Vegas and once at Monte Carlo. While the Monte-Carlo event had the biggest buy-in at €1,000,000 ($1,133,850), it was a closed event with the event organizers restricting the entry to a select group of players where Elton Tsang came out on top and won €11,111,111 ($12,248,912). The first-ever $1,000,000 Big One For One Drop was won by Antonio Esfandiari in 2012 for $18,346,673, followed by Justin Bonomo who won the same event this year for $10,000,000.
Triton Poker has also announced four other stops for next year that will take place in May, July, September, and November with locations to be announced in the future.
For now, you can catch the official teaser of the upcoming series right here.
The various challenges and giveaways awarding the coveted Platinum Passes for the PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship (PSPC) that is to be held next month in the Bahamas have taken the poker world by storm. The latest addition to the list of Platinum Pass winners is poker journalist Aleeyah Jadavji.
Jadavji, who writes for PokerNews, got her chance to win the coveted pass when PokerStars decided to reward the behind-the-scenes hard-working poker room officials and workers whose love for covering the game has helped increase the game’s popularity.
Jadavji was up against the likes of PocketFives’ Lance Bradley, Kevin Mathers, Cardplayer Lifestyle’s Robbie Strazynski, and Pokerfuse co-founder Nick Jones, who had all been picked by a five-person panel within PokerStars. These names were then handed over to an independent judge outside of PokerStars who ruled that while all the nominees were worthy of winning the pass, Jadavji was the clear winner.
Jadavji was ecstatic after winning the Platinum Pass and came out on Twitter to express her happiness.
I don’t have the right words atm, but thank you for this. I want to give all of the love to all of the Poker media. This industry has been really good to me and I’m so grateful to be part of it. Cheers to @BradWillis for this hilarious & amazing write-up. ❤️??? LFG!!! https://t.co/tMhD77GUds
— Alee Yah (@ElleSriracha) December 14, 2018
“I’m still in shock,” Jadavji told PokerNews. “I thought my chances were like 5% with that line-up.”
“People like Lance [Bradley], KevMath have been around forever, and they’re just legends,” said Jadavji. “I see my name among them and I feel so new compared to them. I almost feel bad because they’re so deserving but hope I can at least rep the media well and make some money for those guys and for charity.”
Jadavji will be freerolling a small percent for each of the other poker media nominees, while pledging another 5% to REG Charity. She’s also planning on pledging more of anything she wins to a charity related to mental health but hasn’t decided on which one as of yet.
Incredibly honoured () to be in the company of these incredibly hard-working human beings.
— Alee Yah (@ElleSriracha) December 14, 2018
The 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) International Circuit The Star Sydney witnessed the debut of the Short Deck Hold’em event on December 15. Robert Sutherland emerged as the champion at the event and took home his career-first WSOPC gold ring and A$37,152 in prize money.
It was Sutherland’s first time playing Short Deck Hold’em, in fact he’d never even heard of the game prior to playing it.
“I didn’t know what it was until I came across it today,” Sutherland said about Short Deck Hold’em. “And, I’ll tell you what, for someone who enjoys gambling, I could not have enjoyed myself more. It is a great game.”
“To be honest, a friend of mine from Brisbane actually said, It’s like you’re high on steroids. And I loved it,” Sutherland explained. “I absolutely loved it.”
India’s Anju Abrol also featured in the event. She ran deep and finished 11th for A$2,682 (₹1,37,816), narrowly missing the final table, when her were cracked by Kresimir Kardum’s , which bettered to a jack-high straight on the board .
Qi Shen bubbled the final table as he finished 10th for A$2,682.
1. Robert Sutherland – 1,010,000
2. Kresimir Kardum – 650,000
3. Natalia Rozova – 640,000
4. Andrew Wheldon – 605,000
5. Nathan Zappia – 484,000
6. Danny Park – 305,000
7. Chad Awerbuch – 260,000
8. Jarryd Godena – 210,000
9. Constantine Harach – 180,000
First to go was Chad Awerbuch when his were pitted against Natalia Rozova’s . The board spread out and Rozova rivered a straight to end Awerbuch’s run in ninth place.
Within an hour, Jarryd Godena joined Awerbuch at the rail when Robert Sutherland’s outlasted Godena’s on the rundown bringing Sutherland two pairs of aces and tens and ousting Godena in eighth place.
In level 25 Natalia Rozova departed in seventh place when her lost out to Constantine Harach’s , as the latter picked up a queen-high straight on the flop.
Finishing in sixth place was Nathan Zappia, when Sutherland’s pocket rockets overpowered Zappia’s pocket jacks, with the runout not providing any help to the latter.
Andrew Wheldon was sent packing to the rail in fifth place by Danny Park when his bested Wheldon’s , as the community cards brought and Park`s king-high kicker won him the pot..
Next to go was Constantine Harach when his were defeated by Sutherland’s , leading to Harach’s fourth place exit.
Danny Park‘s stay at the felt was up when his ran into Kresimir Kardum’s , with the runout missing both players, Park was ousted in third place.
Kresimir Kardum and Robert Sutherland started the heads-up with the exact same stack of 2,150,000 each, but the confrontation was short-lived as Kardum lost a huge pot to Sutherland early on in the final showdown to come down to 75,000 in chips. Soon thereafter, Kardum jammed from the button with and Sutherland called with . The board fanned out and Sutherland picked up a pair of kings to lock up his first WSOPC gold ring for a first-place payday of A$37,152.
1. Robert Sutherland – A$37,152
2. Kresimir Kardum – A$22,960
3. Danny Park – A$16,527
4. Constantine Harach – A$12,113
5. Andrew Wheldon – A$9,035
6. Nathan Zappia – A$6,857
7. Natalia Rozova – A$5,292
8. Jarryd Godena – A$4,151
9. Chad Awerbuch – A$3,311