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This weeks' "So THAT Happened" focuses on all the funny, unusual, and dramatic events that took place at the SHRPO tournament series at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. Sasha Salinger checks in with Kelly Minkin, Danielle Anderson, Lily Kiletto, Dan Smith, Phil Hui, Nick Palma, and more! This post is sponsored by Global Poker. Play today at GlobalPoker.com and see why Global Poker is the fastest growing poker site for US players! Global Poker is available to players in the United States and Canada.
The record breaking Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Main Event attracted the biggest names in the poker world. Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Bryn Kenney, David Peters, and Jason Koon all shelled out over $250K to play the exclusive Triton Poker Main Event Jeju. It was poker player Mikita Badziadouski who won the event for $5.2 million. Find out what Leong thinks of his opponent by watching below!
Mikita Badziakouski wins the Triton Super High Roller Main event for $5,255,456. After winning the Triton Main Event three months ago in Montenegro, Badziakouski returned to the Triton Super High Roller Series in Jeju, South Korea. He topped the 55-entry competition including Jason Koon, David Peters, Bryn Kenney, Sam Greenwood, Phil Ivey, and several other top poker players. This is Badsziakouski's biggest live tournament score. He breaks down the pivotal hand in the tournament that doubled him up and led him to this historic win!
Poker player Jason Koon has had quite a 2018. So far this year Koon has $9.7 million in poker tournament winnings. However, with a guarantee cash of $820K in the Triton Super High Roller Series Main Event, Jason Koon is going to have cashed for EIGHT figures so far this year. Despite those astounding tournament numbers, Koon talks to PokerNews about his love for cash games and why he finds them more laid back than tournament poker. As we have come to find out this week, Triton Hold 'Em (aka short deck poker) has been the most popular poker varietal here in Jeju. The buy-ins for that game can vary and Koon explains why. Be sure to watch the Twitch live stream of the Triton Super High Roller Series Main Event to see who will take down the first place prize of $5.2 MILLION: twitch.tv/tritonpoker
The Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Main Event in Jeju, South Korea will pay the winner $5.2 million. The buy-in for the Triton Poker Main Event was approximately $255K. Registration was open through the third level of day two, which encouraged several professional poker players like Bryn Kenney and David Peters to rebuy. Jason Koon has played his way into the money after firing four bullets into the tournament. The final 6 will play down to a winner on Wednesday, August 1st live on the Triton Poker Twitch stream which can be found at: twitch.tv/tritonpoker
Sam Greenwood is normally seen at the biggest buy-in poker tournaments all over the world. However, at the Triton High Roller Series in Jeju, Greenwood hopped into the $1 million buy-in televised cash game. These were the highest stakes cash game that Greenwood had ever played. PokerNews also gets the answers on several NON poker related questions from Greenwood including if he is rooting for new Toronto Raptor Kawhi Leonard or still loyal to Demar Derozan. Does he think Dan "Jungleman" Cates is the most fun person to play poker with? Or Jungleman the luckiest? Watch to find out!
Bryn Kenney gets chatty with PokerNews after busting his first bullet of the Triton Super High Roller Series $250K Main Event. He showed up on day one wearing a bathrobe and ready to talk about his confidence in all card games, including Triton "short deck" Hold 'Em. He has a very specific goal he wants to achieve in poker. Watch to find out what it is
From a list of 61 players, only 30 were selected by lottery to play the 2018 $300K Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas last May. Andrew Robl was the first poker player selected by lottery, securing a spot in the elusive $300K event. However, less than a week before the event, it was announced that poker player Steffen Sontheimer would take Andrew Robl's place. Why didn't Robl play the Super High Roller Bowl at the PokerGo studio in Las Vegas? Was it an issue wiring money for the tournament? Did he lose interest in playing? Watch to find out!
Kenneth Kee won the 1 Million HKD Triton Hold 'Em Tournament for $2.86 million. He beat out a final table of pros like Mikita Badziakouski and Peter Jetten. He defeated businessman and Poker Go founder Cary Katz to take down his first high stakes poker tournament win. Kee's win comes on the heels of his 2nd place finish in the HKD 100K Triton Hold 'Em tournament for $168,140.
Jeju Island is home to Love Land park, a themed sculpture park based on sensuality and eroticism. Of course, this was a must see for Sasha Salinger. The beautiful park has erotic sculptures by 20 artists. See some of the highlights from Love Land from the goofy to the explicit. Love Land is for visitors 18+ due to the graphic nature of some of their content.
One of the most famous poker players in the world, Tom "Durrrr" Dwan, explains what's wrong with playing Texas Hold 'Em live . He much prefers Triton Hold 'Em (aka short deck poker). Dwan primarily plays high stakes cash games in Macau. He explains why he wants to keep recreational players in the game and what else is wrong with tournament poker.
David Peters won the Triton Super High Roller Series HK$500K 6-Max No Limit Hold ‘Em Event for over $1 Billion Korean Won (about $1.1 million USD). The bubble last a couple of hours because 5th place paid $0 while 4th place paid $250K! It was a tough final table featuring some of the worlds best poker players including Steve O ‘Dwyer, Stephen Chidwick, and Bryn Kenney. However, it was Peters who defeated them all and took home his first Triton Poker trophy. Peters entered heads up play with a 2:1 chip deficit to Steve O ‘Dwyer, but slowly grinder it out and, ultimately, took home first place.
Poker player J.C. Alvarado explains why he didn't play poker most of the summer. After some time off, he flew to Jeju, South Korea for the Triton Super High Roller Series. He opted out of the last Triton series to play online poker, and we ask how he chooses his online versus live poker schedule. He also reveals some of his Baccarat tips and tricks. Baccarat is a very popular table game in asian casinos. He explains his superstitions and what makes it so fun to play.
Randy Lew, known as "Nanonoko" on Twitch, has been the go to commentator for the new poker varietal "Triton Hold 'Em" (also known as "short deck poker.") PokerNews catches up with Lew in Jeju, South Korea for the Triton Super High Roller Series. He explains basic Triton Hold 'Em strategy as well as how the game has evolved since the tournament series in Montenegro last May. Triton Hold 'Em continues to evolve and Lew enjoys watching the changing game and its most notable players. He also talks about what it's like watching Phil Ivey and Tom "Durrrrr" Dwan play on the live stream, since it is so rare to see them play tournament poker. Don't forget to catch Randy "Nanonoko" Lew and Lex Valdhuis on the Triton Poker Twitch Stream: twitch.tv/tritonpoker
Well-known high stakes cash game poker player, Rui Cao, is making his mark in the Triton Super High Roller Series Triton Hold 'Em events. Triton Hold 'Em, or short deck poker, has become the newest game of interest for Cao. He is regarded as one of the best short deck players in the world. Find out how he finds Triton Hold 'Em cash games different from Triton Hold 'Em tournaments.
Ivan Leow from Malaysia scored his biggest live tournament cash by winning the Triton Super High Roller Series Triton Hold 'Em Event for $1,079,209. He is not a professional poker player and has no experience playing the cash game version of Triton Hold 'Em. He final tabled the first Triton Hold 'Em event at the Triton High Roller Series in Jeju, South Korea. He beat Rui Cao heads up and outlasted fellow final tablemates Jason Koon and Tom Dwan. Nick Schulman won the HK$100,000 Triton Hold 'Em tournament earlier in the series.
PokerNews catches a stunned and grateful Nick Schulman after he wins the Triton Super High Roller 100,000 HKD Short Deck poker tournament. Schulman, who had no previous experience with the new popular poker varietal, outlasted a field of 61 entries to claim the HKD 2,135,000 first-place prize (more than $272,000). The short deck poker craze was born in Macau and has been trending all over Asia. Ben Lamb, who is also a newcomer to short deck poker, also cashed this event.
Nick Schulman lands in Jeju, South Korea for the Triton Super High Roller Series and enters his first short deck poker tournament. Short deck is the new poker variant taking the poker world by storm. The Triton Super High Roller Series is the only tournament series that features this new poker variant. Schulman decides to take a chance and hope into the "low" buy-in HKD 100,000 ($13,000) Short Deck Tournament. He discusses how he intends to get better at short deck, as well as what other tournaments he plans to play here in Jeju.
Ben Lamb has flown half way across the world from the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas to Jeju, South Korea for the Triton Super High Roller Series. The opening tournament for the series is Short Deck Ante Only. Lamb has never played this poker variant before and he explains what drew him to his new style of poker. How is he getting the hang of short deck? He also shares what it was like to be on the rail of the WSOP Main Event final table helping out his friend John Cynn, while poker player Shaun Deeb was on the rail for Tony Miles.
Gabe Patgorski is one of four poker players that made day 2 of the Triton Super High Roller Series Short Deck Ante Only Poker Event in Jeju, South Korea. His interest in short deck poker speaks to his love for gambling on and off the poker table. Sasha Salinger asks how he approaches a re-buy short deck tournament, how Gabe likes to gamble, how he got free valet for life at the Aria, and why he may not do laundry during his time in South Korea.