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Wai Kin Yong Wins Triton Poker London Main Event

While the Triton Million for Charity Event took the lion’s share of the media’s attention over the weekend, several other events at the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series London have played to a conclusion with multiple players receiving a huge payday.

Linus Leoliger, Charlie Carrel, and David Benefield all took down side events at the series, earning a big payday. Meanwhile, Wai Yong took down the Triton London Main Event after chopping the prize pool heads-up with Paul Phua.

Linus Loeliger Wins Opening Event

The opening event of the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series kicked off on Wednesday, July 31, but because of the Triton Charity Event, the event did not play to a conclusion until Sunday. On Sunday, several big names made their way to the final table looking for the $840k top prize.

Christopher Soyza, Kahle Burns, Timothy Adams, Lucas Greenwood, Linus Loeliger and Poker Central founder Cary Katz all made the final table and it was Greenwood battling against Loeliger heads-up for the title. Ultimately, it was Linus Loeliger that walked away with the win and the $840,039 top prize.

Charlie Carrel Defeats Jason Koon to Win Event #3

Event #2, the £50,000 NL Hold’em 8-Handed Event, played to a conclusion on Sunday as well. Linus Loeliger and Kahle Burns were both pulling double duty as they both made the final table of this event as well. Joining them were Jason Koon, Charlie Carrel, Daniel Dvoress, and Matthias Eibinger.

Kahle and Burnes fell just short of the title but earned $583k and $720k respectively for their fourth and third-place finishes. Koon battled Carrel for the title and both locked up six-figure scores. In the end, Koon fell just short of the title, finishing runner-up but still winning $1.09 million in prize money. Carrel earned $1.6 million for the largest score of his live tournament career.

David Benefield Wins £25k NL Short Deck Event

The first Short Deck NL Hold’em event kicked off on Monday and drew a field of 53 players. The final table played to a conclusion on Tuesday with Talal Shakerchi, Peter Jetten, Richard Leng, and David Benefield headlining the final.

It was Leng against Benefield heads-up for the title and Benefield ended up walking away with the win and $789,707 in prize money. This was the second-largest score in Benefield’s career. He made the November Nine of the 2013 WSOP Main Event, ultimately finishing 8th for $944,650.

Wai Kin Yong Defeats Paul Phua for Triton London Main Event Title

The Triton Poker London Main Event set a record for the largest Triton Poker Main Event in history. A field of 130 players created a prize pool of £12.2 million and guaranteed that the top five players in this event walked away with seven-figure prizes.

The final table was a stacked one, including Dan Cates, Stephen Chidwick, Sam Greenwood, Michael Soyza, Wai Kin Yong, Ben Heath, and Paul Phua. Sam Greenwood was the first poker millionaire at this final table, finishing in fifth for $1.09 million. Michale Soyza finished fourth and took home $1.64 million. Right behind him was UK high roller Ben Heath who earned $1.64 million for third place.

Paul Phua and Wai Kin Yong made it heads-up in this event ended up chopping the prize pool. They left £150k up to top play for. At the start of heads-up play, Phua had the chip lead and grew it to more than a 5:1 lead before Yong made a mad charge to come back from the brink of defeat.

Once Yong took the chip lead, he never relinquished it and ultimately Paul Phau was eliminated when his Q-6 was outrun by the K-J of Yong. Phua ended up taking home $3.1 million for his runner-up finish, his third in Triton Poker events.

The extra prize money up top gave Wai Kin Yong a top prize of $3.14 million. This was Yong’s second Triton Main Event title as he took down the Triton Poker Philippines Main Event in 2016.

There are just two events left on the Triton Poker schedule, both Short Deck events. The £100k Short Deck and £50k Short Deck will undoubtedly award big prizes to the eventual winners.


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