Koray Aldemir Wins HK$1m Triton Super High Roller Main Event for USD $1.3m

This year's HK$1m Triton Super High Roller Main Event in Manila has been won by Germany's Koray Aldemir who takes home HK $10,032,869 ($1.3m USD) after a three way deal.

The final six started play at 1pm local time and the field included two well known US high stakes pros in Dan "jungleman" Cates and Bryn Kenney, last year's winner (and son of Triton founder Richard Yong) Wai Kin Yong, young German high roller Koray Aldemir, Chinese pro Devan Tang, and Spanish pro Sergio Aido.

Aido started with the chip lead followed by Aldemir and Yong. Despite started in the top three it was defending champion Yong who was first to fall after more than two hours of play. Yong found himself below 1m chips (he started the day with over 1.7m) after losing a 1.2m chip pot to Koray Aldemir around an hour into the day. He never managed to recover his stack and an hour later he made the mistake of shoving from the small blind with {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts} after Bryn Kenney opened. Kenney snap called with {K-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}, and despite flopping an Ace and a flush draw Kenney had flopped a set of Kings and ended up rivering a full house on the {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{8-Clubs} run out to cripple Yong who lost his remaining 1/2 a blind in the next hand. Yong won USD $289,120 for his 6th place finish.

Just a couple of hands later Devan Tang lost his last 375k after shoving with {A-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} from the cut-off. He was called by Aldemir who held {K-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}. Both players hit the {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} flop hard with top two for Tang and a flush and straight draw for Aldemir. A cruel {10-Diamonds} on the turn was enough to send Tang packing in 5th for a $361,400 payday.

Having laddered a couple of spots it turned out that 4th was as high as Bryn Kenney was going to manage as he found himself heading to the rail after open-shoving his last 875k from the small blind with {K-Diamonds}{6-Spades}, only for Dan Cates to wake up with {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} in the big blind. Cates kicker played as the board ran out {K-Spades}{8-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{4-Clubs} and Kenney left to visit the cashier who had $506,090 waiting for him.

The final three of Cates, Aldemir, and Aido briefly discussed a deal before Cates decided he wanted to continue. However, less than 20 minutes later (and having lost half his stack) Cates decided he would like to take a look at the numbers after all and a deal was struck and the following guaranteed payouts were agreed t with $400k HK left to play for.

Sergio Aido: HK $10,378,375 ($1.337m USD)

Koray Aldemir: HK $9,632,869 ($1.24m USD)

Dan Cates: HK $7,7651,156 ($1m USD)

This meant that regardless of who eventually won, Aido would end up the biggest cash winner.

It didn't take long to get to heads-up play as Cates shoved over Aido's button raise from the small blind for 1.4m Aido called and Cates found himself dominated with his {K-Hearts}{J-Spades} up against Aido's{K-Spades}{Q-Spades}. The board bricked and Cates was out in 3rd.

Heads-up play began with Aido up by 5.98m to Aldemir's 3.77m. However, Aldemir took the lead after winning the first two pots and he was never to relinquish it and he ground down his opponent's stack over the next hour with the assistance of more than his fair share of rungood. Eventually, down to his last 600k Aido shoved with {K-Spades}{10-Clubs} and found himself up against Aldemir's {A-Hearts}{2-Hearts}. The board was of no help to Aido and he was eliminated in 2nd place.

Picking up the additional HK $400k, Aldemir won $1.292m and the title. This is Aldemir's second 7-figure win in the last 8 months after he finished 3rd in last summer's $111,111 buy-in WSOP One Drop event for $2.15m

$1m Triton SHR Main Event Results

Place Winner Prize (USD)
1 Koray Aldemir $1.292m
2 Sergio Aido $1.337m
3 Dan Cates $1m
4 Bryn Kenney $506,090
5 Devan Tang $361,400
6 Wai Kin Yong $289,120



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