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The 2022 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Cyprus kicked off on September 5 at the Merit Royal Hotel & Casino in Kyrenia. After two days of fast-paced action, the series-opener Event #1: $25,000 No Limit Hold’em 8-Handed crowned a champion in Finland’s finest Patrik Antonius (cover image)! Antonius outlasted Bulgaria’s Fahredin Mustafov to claim his career-first Triton Poker title and an impressive $825,000 up top!
USD 825,000 💰 in the bag. Capping off Event 1 of the Triton SHRS, North Cyprus: USD 25K NLH 8-Handed, hats off to Finland’s 🇫🇮 @Patrik_Antonius for winning his FIRST 🔱 Triton title! 🥳#TritonCyprus2022 #TritonPoker #poker #pokerlife #pokerplayer pic.twitter.com/ST63BBL6ud
— Triton Poker (@tritonpoker) September 6, 2022
Ranked #1 on Finland’s All-Time Money List was trailing Mustafov during three-handed play. But a hero call for his tournament life gave Antonius a double-up through Mustafov. The sick call propelled Antonius to his first Triton victory as he eliminated Steve O’Dwyer in third ($362,000) before sending Mustafov as the runner-up, bringing the Bulgarian a career-best $557,000.
“It has a special feel,” Antonius said in the post-tournament interview. “All the top players are playing this tournament, so it’s nice to win, I have to say. It’s a nice way to start a series like this. It’s always a good feeling to win a tournament.”
The tournament registered 131 entries (34 re-entries) creating a $3,275,000 prize pool. The top 17 places were paid. Ivan Leow (12th for $59,000), Selahaddin Bedir (13th for $59,000), and Triton Poker co-founder Paul Phua (16th for $51,400) were some of the notables who crossed the money line.
The reigning WSOP Main Event champion Espen Jorstad won the “Tortilla Slap Challenge” held during the 2022 Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party (MPP), winning a free ticket to the $25K NLHE 8-Handed event. However, the Norwegian pro could not cross the money line.
Final Table Recap
After the simultaneous elimination of Artem Vezhenkov (10th for $67,100) and Santi Jiang (9th for $81,800) from neighboring tables, the field went from 10 players to eight, setting up the final table.
The Triton regular Seth Davies was the first to bust from the final table when his could not improve against Fahredin Mustafov’s pocket sixes, knocking out the former in eighth place.
Thailand’s Kannapong Thanarattrakul hit the rail next. His were bested by Antonius’ pocket fives.
Antonius kept the momentum going and picked his next elimination in Viacheslav Buldygin. The Russian’s could not hold up against Antonius’ , eliminating the former in sixth place.
Making her Triton Poker Super High Roller Series final table debut was Ebony Kenney. She was invited to Cyprus to partner Phil Nagy in the Coin Rivet Invitational but also decided to get some experience at the high roller felt in the tournaments running up to that $200K buy-in event. While she seemed to be having a blast throughout the tourney, her dream debut ended when she jammed her last 10 big blinds with . Mustafov called with pocket Kings and spiked a set on the flop, knocking Kenney out in fifth place.
Hong Kong-based Triton regular Danny Tang fell out in fourth place. In his final hand, Tang’s rivered a straight, but it wasn’t enough to beat Mustafov’s that had made a flush.
It was during three-handed play when the sickest hand of the tournament happened. The hand occurred when the blinds were at 200,000/400,000/400,000. Mustafov raised from the button holding . Antonius defended his big blind holding . The flop landed and Antonius checked after making bottom pair. The Bulgarian continued with a bet of 700,000. Antonius called to see the turn. Antonius, who picked up a flush draw, checked again, and Mustafov barrelled for 1.4 Million. Antonius went in the tank for two and a half minutes and called. The river bricked for both players, and Antonius again checked. Mustafov took a moment before putting Antonius all in for his remaining 3.5 Million. Despite being left with nothing but bottom pair, Antonius did not immediately fold. Antonius used all but one of his time banks as he entered a deep tank. After six minutes, he made the call with just a pair of ducks, which brought a “good call” from Mustafov as he tabled his bluff and conceded the pot.
In a tournament defining moment, @Patrik_Antonius makes the most INSANE CALL with immense ICM pressure from the chip leader Mustafov. Have you ever seen anything like this in a $25k!?!?
— Triton Poker (@tritonpoker) September 6, 2022
Soon after this, Antonius sent Steve O’Dwyer packing in third place, setting up the heads-up against Fahredin Mustafov.
The heads-up lasted for only three hands. On the final hand, Antonius flopped a straight with his overpowering Mustafov’s to claim his maiden Triton Poker title!
Final Table Results (USD)
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