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Event #7: HK$200K Short Deck NLHE Ante Only Turbo of the Triton Poker High Roller Series Montenegro, hosted at the Maestral Resort & Casino drew in 64 entries which included 28 re-entries generating a prize pool of HK$12.03 Million. The fast-paced event crowned a champion in Singapore’s Quek Sechariah Sheng (cover image) who claimed his first-ever live title along with a career-best score of HK$3.70 Million at the event!
Participating in his first event at the series, the 28-year-old bested the likes of Kenneth Kee and Paul Phua, to reach heads-up play against Peter Jetten. It was perhaps the quickest final showdown in the history of the series as it lasted just one hand, at the end of which Sheng emerged as the victor. Incidentally, this was Sheng’s second live cash, taking his total tournament winnings to $490,844.
Speaking to the tournament officials after winning the event, Sheng said, “I’m still a little bit shaky. That’s why this game [Short Deck variant] is so good for beginners. Everybody has a chance.”
Out of the 64 entries that registered for the event, only the top eight were assured payouts. Following Short Deck Main Event winner Rui Cao‘s elimination in eighth place for HK$480,000, the seven-handed final table was convened.
Final Table Recap
Making his fourth final table appearance at the series after Event #11: HK$1M Triton Montenegro Short Deck Main Event, Event #12: HK$250K NLHE Turbo and Event #2: HK$500,000 NLHE 6-Handed, Daniel Dvoress was the first one to hit the rail on the final table. He lost a huge pot to Peter Jetten, following which he got involved in a three-way pot with Gabe Patgorski and Paul Phua.
The board fanned out . Patgorski folded on the turn, while Dvoress picked up a straight. Phua found a stronger straight, thus eliminating Dvoress in seventh place.
Though Gabe Patgorski had saved himself from being knocked out alongside Dvoress, he could not survive for too long. He was eliminated by Phua in sixth place.
Phua seemed to be on a roll as he next knocked out Wai Leong Chan in fifth place. The latter’s were cracked by Phua’s , with the runout giving both players a pair of tens. However, Phua’s queen kicker won him the pot, sending Chan to the rail.
Next to go was Kenneth Kee when his ran into Quek Sechariah Sheng’s , resulting in the former`s fourth-place finish.
Three-handed play continued for some time before Triton co-founder Paul Phua‘s run came to an end. In the hunt for his maiden Triton title, Phua was featuring in his third final table of the series, following cashes in Event #5: HK$1M NLHE Main Event and Event #11: HK$1M Triton Montenegro Short Deck Main Event, but once again he fell short of the title. Phua’s was bested by Sheng’s , ending his run in third place.
Phua’s dismissal left only Quek Sechariah Sheng and Peter Jetten in contention. Consisting of only one hand, it was possibly the shortest heads-up confrontation in the history of the series.
On the final hand, both players went all-in preflop. Sheng tabled against Jetten’s . The community cards revealed bringing Sheng two pairs of aces and nines that relegated Jetten to the runner-up spot. Sheng captured his career-first live title, along with a best-live score of HK$3,700,000!
Final Table Results (HKD)
1. Quek Sechariah Sheng – HK$3,700,000
2. Petter Jetten – HK$2,500,000
3. Paul Phua – HK$1,700,000
4. Kenneth Kee – HK$1,292,000
5. Chan Wai Leong – HK$980,000
6. Gabe Patgorski – HK$770,000
7. Daniel Dvoress – HK$610,000
You can catch the final table action right here.
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Photography by Joe Giron
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