Aymon Hata and Ivan Leow Win Triton Poker Events at LIVE MILLIONS RussiaAugust 10, 2018 10:15 am
One week after Bulgaria’s Mikita Badziakouski took down the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Jeju Main Event in South Korea for US$5,257,027, the prestigious high stakes tournament festival rolled into the Sochi Casino and Resort in the Krasnodar region of Russia. Its presence there is part of a collaboration between the Triton brand and partypoker LIVE, with two Triton events having been added to the schedule, namely the RUB3 million (US$50k) Triton High Roller, and the RUB6 million (US$100k) GTD Triton Super High Roller.
Locking up the first tournament was German pro Aymon Hata, while Malaysia’s Ivan Leow emerged victorious at the $100k event to book his second Triton Poker title in just a fortnight.
$50k Triton High Roller
The $50k Triton High Roller attracted 47 entries, resulting in a prize pool $130,184 in excess of its $2 million guarantee. At the end of two days of action, it was German pro Aymon Hata who would eventually emerge victorious over the tough field to claim a whopping top prize worth RUB48 million ($755,384).
Hata now boasts $2,373,415 in career earnings, but interestingly his latest score is just his second best to date, with his biggest result also coming this year after booking a third place finish at the $100k WSOP No Limit Hold’em – High Roller event for $1,247,230. Later commenting upon how his victory might influence his tournament selection going forward, Hata responded:
“I don’t think a lot will change. I am going to continue playing in High Rollers but won’t play every single one of them for the sake of it. I will make sure that the fields are interesting and look for spots.”
Just six players in the $50k Triton High Roller would see a return on their buy-ins, with Philipp Gruissem’s 6th place finish earning him a min-cash of $118,125 after his A-9 hand was bested by Patrik Antonius holding A-J. Antonius (K-K) followed up by doling out the same treatment to Paul Phua (9-9), who subsequently hit the rail in 5th, but the Finn then lost a series of hands, eventually leading to his busting the tournament in 5th at the hand of Aymon Hata.
Ten minutes later, Hata (Q-Q) eliminated a short stacked Konstantin Uspenskii (K-8) in 3rd, leaving just Troyanovskiy standing between himself and victory. Nevertheless, Uspenskii chose a wrong time to run a seven-high bluff as Hata had made a full house, and after being reduced to just nine big blinds Uspenskii then shoved his remaining chips preflop holding J-7. Hata opted to call with K-4, and after the dealer laid out a queen-high board, Troyanovskiy collected $501,795 for his runner-up finish, while Hata secured a memorable win.
Final Table Results (US$)
1: Aymon Hata $756,000
2: Vladimir Troyanovskiy $501,795
3: Konstantin Uspenskii $354,375
4: Patrik Antonius $236,250
5: Paul Phua $165,375
6: Philipp Gruissem $118,125
$100k Triton Super High Roller
Meanwhile, the $100k buy-in Triton Super High Roller saw 20 players register, which together with nine re-buys helped create a prize pool $629,847 in excess of its $2 million guarantee. This included such players as Patrik Antonius, Phil Ivey and partypoker sponsored pro Philipp Gruissem, all of whom fell short of a money spot.
On Day 2, Dietrich Fast then bubbled the competition in 5th, after which the remaining players were all guaranteed at least $283,500 for their efforts thus far. It was Ivan Leow (K-Q) who eliminated Fast (9-9), and soon after the Malaysian pro did likewise to another German player, Manig Loeser, in 4th to take a commanding lead into three-handed play.
Soon after, however, Leow lost a huge pot in a full house under full house hand against Germany’s Abraham Passet, but managed to recover after being dealt A-10 and sending fellow countryman Wai Leong Chan (Q-J) to the rail in 3rd. Heads-up play then began with almost $400,000 separating a first from second place finish.
Leow started the final battle as chip leader, and despite Passet mounting a valiant comeback and taking the lead at one point, Leow’s sheer aggression helped him secure a commanding lead by the time the deciding hand was played more than an hour later.
In the hand in question, Leow (Jd-5s) and Passet (6h-2h) limped in preflop, before taking in a Jh-4h-4d flop. Leow subsequently bet out, leading to an all-in shove from his opponent, which Leow called. A 2d on the turn gave Passet a few more ways to win, but a Qc on the river put paid to his hopes, and so he had to be satisfied with a runner-up finish worth $740,880.
Ivan Leow, on the other hand, collected the biggest payday of his career worth $1,134,000, although that amount was only just short of the $1,079,367 he won just two weeks earlier after also taking down the HK$500,000 ($65k) Triton Poker Super High Roller Short Deck Ante-Only in South Korea. As a result, Leow now boasts $3,610,190 in career winnings since his first cash in 2015, with all but $123,274 of that amount won this year alone.
Final Table Results (US$)
1: Ivan Leow $1,134,000
2: Abraham Passet $740,880
3: Wai Leong Chan $472,500
4: Manig Loeser $283,500