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Aymon Hata and Ivan Leow Win Triton Poker Sochi Events

The 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia is beginning to wind down with the Main Event beginning its second day on Friday. In the meantime, two Triton Poker events have concluded with two players taking home massive paydays.

Aymon Hata took down the Triton Poker High Roller Sochi, defeating a stacked final table to take home over $755k. Also, Ivan Leow took down the Triton Poker Super High Roller Sochi to earn $1.13 million, the largest score of his live poker career.

Aymon Hata Wins Triton Poker High Roller Sochi for $755,384

The first of two Triton Poker Sochi events concluded on Wednesday at Aymon Hata took down the RUB3,000,000 buy-in Triton Poker High Roller Sochi. The event drew a solid field of 47 entries, creating an eventual prize pool of RUB 135 million.

The final table of this event was a stacked international affair. Phillip Gruissem represented Germany, while Aymon Hata was the only UK player at the final. Malaysia’s Paul Phua made the final as well as Russians Vladimir Troyanovskiy and Konstantin Uspenskii. Finally, Patrik Antonius continues his strong performance in tournaments in 2018, making this final table after late registering the event.

Antonius continued his impressive string of high roller cashes this year, finishing 4th in this event. He earned $236k for his run, moving him up to $4.79 million in 2018 earnings. This is easily his best year as a live tournament player. He now has $11.59 million in live tournament scores.

This event came down to Troyanovskiy and Hata playing heads-up for the title. At the start of play, Hata held exactly a 2:1 lead over Troyanovskiy. Hata never gave up any ground and ultimately took down the event when his Kc-4c managed to hold unimproved against the Js-7c of Troyanovskiy.

The victory earned Hata $755,384, his second largest live event score and his second largest score of 2018. Back in June, Hata finished 3rd in the $100k High Roller at the 2018 WSOP for a career-best $1.24 million. He is enjoying a breakout year with $2.16 million in earnings in 2018. He only has $2.3 million in total earnings, making it interesting to see where he goes from here.

Ivan Leow Wins Triton Super High Roller Sochi for $1.13 Million

The other Triton event recently completed was the RUB6,000,000 buy-in Triton Poker Super High Roller Sochi. A field of 29 entries created a prize pool of RUB 167 million. Only four players made the money in this event with Manig Loeser, Wai Leong Chan, Abraham Passet, and Ivan Leow making the final four.

Ultimately, it was Passet and Leow battling for the top prize. At the start of heads-up play, Leow held 4.35 million to Passet’s 2.9 million. Passet managed to take the chip lead briefly, but Leow battled back and never relinquished the lead again. Prior to the start of the final hand, Leow held nearly a 4:1 chip lead.

In the final hand, Leow was all-in with two pair against a straight draw for Passet. Passet managed to snag bottom two pair on the turn, but couldn’t improve on the river. He had to settle for runner-up and $740,589.

This victory gave Leow the largest score of his live poker career and his second seven-figure score in two weeks. Last month, he won the HK$ 500,000 Short Deck Event at the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Jeju for $1.07 million. This time he earned $1.13 million to move him up to $3.48 million in earnings for 2018.

Like Aymon Hata, Ivan Leow is having a breakout year in 2018. Prior to 2018, he only had about $123k in live earnings. Now he has over $3.61 million. These events go to show you just how quickly one can amass what seems like massive earnings in poker. Of course, many players don’t realize the number of high buy-in events these players participate in, deeply cutting into the overall profit margins of these massive scores.

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