Phil Ivey Among Triton Winners in Cyprus, PokerGO European Series Next Up for High Rollers

The Triton Poker Cyprus Special Edition wrapped up Thursday after four events and millions of dollars awarded to winners. One name stood out among the rest as 10-time World Series of Poker champion Phil Ivey grabbed a Short Deck title.

The Poker Hall of Famer added to his extensive poker resumé. This added a nice bullet point to the series, Triton’s first in three years. Here’s a quick look below at all the Triton winners from the Merit Hotel and Casino in North Cyprus.

The action in Cyprus now shifts to the PokerGO Super High Roller Series Europe.

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Event 5: $25,000 Short Deck

The second straight short deck tournament saw Hong Kong’s Winfred Yu emerge as the winner. Well-known among Asian poker circles, Yu topped a field of 41 entries for a  $1 million top prize.

This was the second Triton title of his career after winning a short deck event in Montenegro in 2019. Yu has a reputation as the go-to organizer of high stakes cash games in Asia. Many of the region’s top pros took to the stage to celebrate with the winner.

 Malaysia’s Ivan Leow took the runner-up spot for $699,500 and Danny Tang, of Hong Kong, took third for $447,000. 

* Note: There was no fourth event scheduled, per Triton custom.

Event 3: $75,000 Short Deck

Ivey showed his poker skills in this one, topping a field of 51 entries for his second Triton title. This score brought a payday of almost $1.2 million, the largest share of a $3.7 million prize pool.

Away from the live poker scene for a few years, the 45-year-old certainly made his presence known in Cyprus. Along with the title, Ivey made two other final table appearances. That fact wasn’t lost on fellow poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu.

“You love to see it!” he noted on Twitter. “One of his biggest strengths has always been figuring out new games faster than everyone else, and it appears he gets short deck.”

That appears to be true and Ivey’s previous Triton win also came in this format in Montenegro in 2018. In this week’s win, he eliminated five of his final six opponents.

 Malaysia’s Kiat Lee finished runner-up for $840,000 with Mike Watson, of Canada, finishing third for $538,000.

Event 2: $100,000 NLHE Eight-handed

The Triton action ramped up to a six-figure buy-in for this one with Dutchman Teun Mulder coming out on top. He prevailed over a field of 69 entries, which produced a prize pool of $6.6 million.

Mulder won $1.9 million for his efforts after beating his best friend and countryman Tom Vogelsang heads-up. The two even predicted their own heads-up battle.

“We talked about it,” Mulder said. “We said today it’s going to be the Dutch guys first and second.”

Vogelsang grabbed almost $1.4 million for runner-up and Jake Schindler, of the United States, won $903,000 for third.

Event 1: $50,000 NLHE Six-handed

Online poker superstar Andras Nemeth, of Hungary, kicked off the series with a nice win for $1.1 million. He topped a field of 82 entries that produced a $3.9 million prize pool.

“It wasn’t easy,” Nemeth said. “The final table was really tough. I was a little bit nervous at the start and I made a couple of … well, it was close but I made some not good decisions. Then when we got short stacked, it was all about who was going to win the first major all-in.”

Nemeth found himself heads-up against friend and fellow Hungarian Laszlo Bujtas for the title. Bujtas added $770,000 for second place.

“It was surreal to play for the first time and to then get heads-up against one of my best friends in poker,” Nemeth said. “I had to pinch myself.”

South Korea’s Tommy Kim placed third for $503,800 and Ivey finished fourth for $387,100.]

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Triton strikes deal with GGPoker

The Cyprus series was the first tournament series run after the tour announced a deal with GGPoker. The poker operator becomes Triton’s official online poker sponsor.

The two companies are promising online qualifiers to some of the biggest events in poker. Could a Triton online high roller series also be heading to GGPoker? No word on that, but it doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility. 

GG also grabs a presence in a popular live poker series with the deal. Triton next heads to Spain from May 13-25 for more high-stakes action.

Super High Roller Series Europe kicks off

After the Triton series wrapped up, the high roller action shifted to PokerGO’s Super High Roller Series Europe. The schedule features another 10 events and the first tournament kicked off Thursday.

Buy-ins range from €25,000 to €250,000 and a $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event kicked off the series. The final table is set for Friday with Laszlo Bujtas returning as chip leader.

PokerGO will stream all final table action.  Here’s a look at that complete schedule:

April 7#1 – Pot Limit Omaha$25,000
April 8#2 – NLHE$25,000
April 9#3 – Short Deck$50,000
April 10#4 – Pot Limit Omaha$25,000
April 11#5 – NLHE$50,000
April 12#6 – Short Deck$100,000
April 13#7 – Pot Limit Omaha$25,000
April 13NLHE Championship$250,000
April 14#8 – NLHE$50,000
April 15#9 – NLHE$50,000

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