Triton Poker Series is one of the most expensive and elite poker series globally. With some super high roller tournaments, the series witnesses regular attendance from some of the richest and most popular poker pros. Today we know Triton as one of the most significant series in the poker fraternity worldwide, but did you know Triton Poker is actually an Asian brand?
The Triton Series was co-founded by Malaysian businessman and poker player Richard Yong, along with Paul Phua. The first-ever Triton Poker Series event was known as the Cali Cup and was introduced in January 2016. It was a part of the World Poker Tour (WPT) National Philippines, and it broke all previous records of the WPT. It was the highest buy-in event in the history of WPT, with a buy-in of $200,000, and still managed to record 52 entries. German pro Fedor Holz won this title. And there began Triton Poker’s history. The Malta-based Super High Roller series began to be hosted more often due to the overwhelming response.
Since 2016, there have multiple series held in different locations every year across the globe. Let’s have a look at each of the Triton Poker Main Event winners so far.
|2016||Philippines||Triton Super High Roller Series Main Event||62||Wai Kin Yong||$2,080,556|
|2017||Philippines||Triton Super High Roller Series Main Event||39||Koray Aldemir||$1,292,509|
|2017||Montenegro||Triton Super High Roller Series Main Event||52||Manig Loeser||$2,162,644|
|2017||Macau||Triton Super High Roller Series Main Event||82||John Juanda||$2,870,092|
|2018||Montenegro||Triton Super High Roller Series Main Event||63||Mikita Badziakouski||$2,499,185|
|2018||Jeju Island||Triton Super High Roller Series Main Event||55||Mikita Badziakouski||$5,257,027|
|2019||Jeju Island||Triton Super High Roller Series Main Event||48||Timothy Adams||$3,608,865|
|2019||Montenegro||Triton Super High Roller Series NLH Main Event||75||Bryn Kenney||$2,769,000|
|2019||Montenegro||Triton Super High Roller Series Short Deck Main Event||98||Rui Cao||$3,419,000|
|2019||UK||Triton London NLH Main Event||130||Wai Kin Yong||$2,591,695|
|2019||UK||Triton London Short Deck Main Event||108||Justin Bonomo||$3,257,400|
|2022||Madrid||Triton Madrid Short Deck Main Event||60||Stephen Chidwick||$1,917,090|
|2022||Madrid||Triton Madrid NLHE Main Event||93||Henrik Hecklen||$2,311,700|
|2022||Cyprus||Triton Poker Cyprus Main Event||99||Punnat Punsri||$2,600,000|
|2023||Vietnam||Triton Poker Vietnam Main Event||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|2023||Vietnam||Trtion Poker Vietnam Short Deck Main Event||TBD||TBD||TBD|
*TBD – To Be Declared
Wai Kin Yong
Interestingly, the first-ever Triton Poker Main Event was shipped by founder Yong’s son Wai Kin Yong. The inaugural edition was held in the Philippines, and the Main Event featured a buy-in of HK$500,000 (~$63,705). Yong was among the 62 entries who emerged victorious and cashed $2,080,556. Yong’s winning hand was K ♦ T ♦ .
Koray Aldemir won the next Triton Poker series in the Philippines with A ❤ 2 ❤ after surpassing a field of 39 players and beating Sergio Aido in the heads-up. The second edition saw the buy-in of the Main Event double to HK$1,000,000 (~$127,413). Aldemir took away $1,292,509 for his top finish.
The second series of 2017 was held in July in Budva, Montenegro. With the same buy-in of HK$1,000,000 (~$127,413), this event managed to record 52 entries. Manig Loeser took down the title and pocketed $2,162,644 with his J ♣ 2 ♣ winning hand. Fun fact: He beat founder Yong in the heads-up to taste victory.
The third and final Triton Poker Series of 2017 was held in October in Macau. This event saw a record-breaking entry field of 82 entries for the HK$1,000,000 (~$127,413) buy-in. Poker legend John Juanda beat Fedor Holz in the heads-up with his A ❤ 5 ♠ to walk away with the highest-ever prize of $2,870,092.
The year 2018 witnessed two series in May and August each. The May edition Main Event had a HK$1,000,000 (~$127,413) buy-in and saw 63 entries enter the battlefield. Mikita Badziakouski with his A ♣ 2 ❤ beat Rui Cao to laugh away with $2,499,185.
Yes, you read that right. The year 2018 had two Triton Poker Series, and both of them were shipped by Badziakouski. But this time around, the buy-in of the Main Event was doubled to HK$2,000,000 (~$259,143). The event had 55 entries, and Badziakouski finally beat Chan Wai Leong in the heads-up with A ❤ Q ♣. This event also recorded the highest top prize of $5,257,027.
In March of 2019, Triton Poker Series returned to Jeju Island. With a buy-in of HK$2,000,000 (~$259,143), 48 entries made it to the Main Event of this series. Timothy Adams emerged victorious with Q ❤ 8 ❤ as he took home a pay cheque of $3,608,865.
In May 2019, Bryn Kenney took down the No-Limit Hold’em (NLH) Main Event in Budva, Montenegro. He surpassed 75 entries at this HK$1,000,000 (~$127,413) Main Event and pocketed $2,769,000 for his efforts. Apart from the Main Event, Kenny also shipped Event #2: HKD 500,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max for HKD 11,230,000 ($1,432,264) at the same series days before the Main Event.
The same May 2019 series had another Main Event known as the Short Deck Main Event. This event, too, had a buy-in of HK$1,000,000 (~$127,413). However, this event became a record-breaker for generating 98 entries. Rui Cao finally nailed the title after narrowly missing it in 2018. Cao, with his Fishhooks, fetched the top catch of $3,419,000.
Wai Kin Yong
Junior Yong once again added a Triton Poker Main Event title to his name after shipping the 2019 Triton London NLH Main Event in the United Kingdom. The £100,000 ($120,349) buy-in event gathered 130 entries in the English capital and awarded $2,591,695 to Yong. His winning hand here was K ♠ J ♣.
The series in England also featured two Main Events. The Short Deck Main Event of this series was taken down by the current number one player on Hendon Mob’s All-Time Money list Justin Bonomo. With £100,000 ($120,349) buy-in and 108 entries, this event awarded Bonomo with $3,257,400 for winning the event with Kc Jd.
Following a two-year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Triton Poker returned in 2022 in Madrid. Stephen Chidwick won his first-ever Triton Poker title by taking down the Short Deck Main Event. He surpassed 60 entries at this €100,000 ($106,505) buy-in event to finally beat Tony G in the heads-up. His winning hand of A ♠ Q ♦ fetched him €1,800,000 ($1,917,090).
The second Main Event of the Madrid edition was the NLHE Main Event. Danish player Henrik Hecklen struck a heads-up deal with UK-based businessman turned poker player Orpen Kisacikoglu to take the top spot, his second Triton Poker title and a pay cheque of €2,170,509 ($2,311,700). This €100,000 ($106,505) buy-in event saw 93 entries battling it out. Soon after striking the deal and deciding to play for the title, Hecklen’s pocket kings overpowered Kisacikoglu’s pocket fours in the very first hand of the heads-up.
Thailand’s Punnat Punsri made history by becoming the first Thai player to take down the Triton Poker Series title. Punsri pocketed $2,600,000 at this $100,000 buy-in event which saw 99 entries. The Thai player beat Hong Kong’s Wayne Heung in the heads-up with A ♣ 8 ❤ at the Main Event of Triton Poker Series Cyprus.
The players who have won Triton Poker Series titles so far, especially the Main Event titles, are regarded as the best poker players in the world. With only a selected few players grinding in the Triton Poker Series, the victory becomes all the more special. However, only two players so far have managed to win two Triton Poker Main Event titles each, namely, Wai Kin Yong and Mikita Badziakouski.
Apart from these, Triton Poker Series also held special editions like Triton High Roller Event 2018 Millions Russia, a edition in Czech Republic in 2019 and Triton Poker Cyprus Special Edition in 2022, however, these special editions did not have a Main Event on their schedule.
We will keep you updated with all the new champions who win the prestigious Triton Poker Series Main Event crown. So to know who makes it to the history books of Triton Poker Series, watch this space.
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