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Redemption is sweet, and that is precisely what Belgium’s Pieter Aerts (cover image) must have felt after taking down Event #3: $50K No Limit Hold ’em 6-Handed of the 2022 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Cyprus for a career-best $1,472,000! On Tuesday night, Aerts money-bubbled Event #2: $30K No Limit Hold ’em 6-Handed that ultimately crowned a champion in Ben Tollerene.
The 2013 EPT Deauville winner, Aerts, had won his career-first gold bracelet in Online Bracelet Event #12: $ 10K No Limit Hold ’em – Super Million$ High Roller at the 2022 WSOP Online Series on GGPoker on August 28. Adding to his list of firsts, Aerts is now the proud winner of a Triton Poker title!
“Obviously, I feel very, very good,” Aerts said, clutching that trophy alongside his exclusive Shamballa Jewels bracelet, handed to winners at Triton Cyprus. “I got luck to be in this position, but I guess that’s always the case.”
Aerts revealed that he initially had a flight back to his native Belgium booked for Thursday but changed it once he made the final table. The same thing happened a few weeks ago when he had a flight booked on the day he also made it to the final of a WSOP bracelet event on GGPoker. Aerts also changed his flight that day and went on to win the bracelet.
“These events are top-notch,” he said, speaking of the series and the tournament staff. “It’s been such a good experience… It’s something I hope all poker players can have. I want to thank everyone who was railing me at home.”
The third event of the series attracted 117 entries (45 re-entries), posting a $3,698,100 prize pool. The top 17 places were paid.
Triton Ambassador Jason Koon (9th for $146,000), Triton co-founder Paul Phua (10th for $120,000), ACR CEO Philip Nagy (11th for $105,300), Sean Perry (15th for $96,500) and the 2022 WSOP Main Event champion Espen Jorstad (17th for $92,000) were some of the known names who crossed the money line.
Thailand’s Punnat Punsi’s eighth-place exit ($196,000) set up the seven-handed final table.
You can watch the replay of the final table live stream below.
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
Despite entering the seven-handed final table as the chip leader, Fedor Holz was the first player to depart. He lost a massive chunk of his stack to the second chip lead, Pieter Aerts. The hand in question saw Holz 3-bet pre-flop with , and Aerts called. The flop fell , and Holz fired a bet, then called a raise by Aerts. The turn brought the . Aerts jammed for his last 2.3 Million, and Holz called. While there have been a few fantastic hero calls in the series so far, this wasn’t one of them, as Holz flopped pair of sixes was no match for Aerts’ pocket Jacks. The river bricked, getting the Belgian pro the double up and crippling Holz to 2.3 Million.
A few hands later, Holz shoved with pocket Jacks in a three-way pot involving Kannapong Thanarattrakul and Ben Tollerene. Thanarattrakul and Tollerene had Ace-King and chopped the pot as a King hit the river. Holz walked out in seventh place ($260,300).
Isaac Haxton was the next player to fall when his pocket eights were cracked by Matthias Eibinger’s that spiked an Ace.
Despite taking all of Haxton’s chips, Matthias Eibinger could not extend his stay on the final table for too long. His lost out to Tollerene’s .
Ben Tollerene, who won his first live title in three years in Event #2: $30K No Limit Hold ’em 6-Handed a day ago, is making a tremendous comeback. Making the FT in consecutive events, Tollerene fell three places short of winning a second title when his were outdrawn by Aerts’ .
Another player making his second final table appearance at the series was Thailand’s Kannapong Thanarattrakul. The Thai pro has cashed in all three of the events so far, but he narrowly missed claiming his maiden Triton Poker title when his were outlasted by Aerts’ that ousting Thanarattrakul in third place.
Pieter Aerts (16 Million) held a significant chip lead at the start of his heads-up match against Sam Grafton (6.5 Million). It was a relatively vanilla heads-up battle that lasted about 30 minutes, and the first significant pot of heads-up match ended up being the last.
The last hand of the tournament saw Aerts calling from the small blind with . Grafton, holding , raised, prompting Aerts to move all-in with a covering stack of about 17 Million. Grafton snap-called, putting his tournament life on the line. While it had looked like Grafton was about to get a much-needed double-up, the on the turn sealed the deal in Aerts’ favor, relegating Grafton to a runner-up finish.
Final Table Results (USD)
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