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The Triton Super High Roller Series London is finally done and dusted, and the closing day was just as action-packed as expected. The seven finalists at the £100,000 Short Deck Main Event came back one last time for a shot at the prestigious title and the massive £2,670,000 top prize. In the end, it was the £100,000 NLHE Main Event winner Wai Kin Yong squaring off against Justin Bonomo heads-up. Bonomo defeated Yong heads-up, denying the latter the glory of winning a second Triton Main Event title.
“This game is crazy, honestly I don’t like crazy all-ins and getting it with 55%, but you have to in this game. Some people enjoy the all-ins, but I find them incredibly stressful, other than the fact I am winning these tournaments, I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite game,” Bonomo said after his inspiring run.
2018 was a breakout year for Bonomo who went on a blistering run that saw him picking up numerous international titles. His sublime form and consistency even helped him climb on top of the prestigious All-Time Money List. He had retained his lead till recently when he was pushed to second place by Bryn Kenney, who overtook him after finishing runner-up in the richest poker tournament ever, the £1.05 Million buy-in Triton Million, for £16.89 Million. Talking about how that doesn’t affect him, Bonomo said, “My plan is to play a lot less poker, Bry n’s plan is to play a lot more poker, so as far as I’m concerned I’ll probably never get the number one spot again. It’s not really a goal of mine, and I’m totally fine with that.”
Incidentally, this is Bonomo’s second Triton Short Deck title. He had in March won the HK$250K NLHE Short Deck Ante-Only at the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series in Jeju.
“My 2018 was incredible, and I’m kind of easing my way into retirement, I’m not going to completely retire, but I’ll be playing a lot less. Because of 2018, I’ve got nothing but pride when I look back on my career, I have nothing left to prove to anyone,” he added.
The tournament logged in 108 entries, and some of the best in the business including India’s Vivek Rajkumar were all part of the star-studded lineup. Rajkumar, who finally emerged onto the live scene after a long four-year gap since his last tournament appearance, gave his fans back home something to cheer about after finishing fifth in the Triton Million for a personal-best score of £3,000,000 (~₹25.41 Crores). Making another deep run at the series, Rajkumar was among the 40 Day 1 survivors in the Short Deck Main Event but fell out empty-handed on Day 2.
The top 15 finishers earned a share from the £2,670,000 prize pool and the payouts list featured names like David Benefield (8th for £368,100), Stephen Chidwick (9th for £269,600), Jason Koon (10th for £217,700), Tom Dwan (£191,900), Cary Katz (13th for £191,900), and Richard Yong (15th for £177,000).
The play was halted on Day 2 when only seven players were left standing with Yong in charge holding 7,595,000 in chips. Bonomo (5,910,000) was second in chips.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Wai Kin Yong – 7,595,000
2. Justin Bonomo – 5,910,000
3. Rui Cao – 4,375,000
4. Paul Phua – 3,905,000
5. Liang Xu – 3,585,000
6. Ming Zhong Liu – 3,530,000
7. Isaac Haxton – 3,510,000
Final Table Recap
A couple of hands into the final table action and Ming Zhong Liu was eliminated in seventh place at the hands of Bonomo.
It took some time for the next knockout, and when it happened, two players were eliminated at one go. Rui Cao moved all-in for 2.97 Million from under the gun, and Wai Kin Yong shoved over-the-top for 10 Million. Issac Haxton also announced all-in committing his 2.58 Million stack to the pot.
Wai King Yong
Yong, who was chasing back-to-back Main Event titles at the series, flopped a set on the rundown to take the lead. After the turn, the on the river completed a full house for Yong, eliminating Haxton in fifth place and Cao in sixth place respectively.
Triton co-founder Paul Phua who’d finished runner-up to Yong in the £100,000 Main Event was again denied the title with Yong once again responsible for taking him out of contention. Phua had moved all-in from the hijack seat with , and Yong called off from the cutoff with . Xu who held folded. The board ran completing Yong’s flush while eliminating Phua in fourth place.
It took over six hours of play before the next elimination, and after a marathon session, it was ultimately Liang Xu who crashed out in third place. Xu hit the rail after his king-queen were busted by Justin Bonomo’s flopped set of tens.
In the heads-up play, Bonomo and Wai Kin Yong started out relatively evenly placed, but Yong won the first couple of hands to take the lead. Bonomo, however, took down a massive pot with quad sixes to get back up again. The tournament ended when Bonomo moved all-in for 27 Million with , and Yong called off for his last 5.27 Million with . Yong stayed ahead through the flop. The on the turn saw Bonomo’s chances improving, and he spiked a better pair on the river to deny Yong a second Triton Main Event title.
Final Table Results (GBP)
1. Justin Bonomo – £2,670,000
2. Wai Kin Yong – £1,835,000
3. Liang Xu – £1,202,500
5. Paul Phua – £974,500
6. Isaac Haxton – £783,000
7. Rui Cao – £611,900
8. Ming Zhong Liu – £482,200
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