Phil Ivey Takes Down Triton Short-Deck For 604K

The legendary Phil Ivey showed he’d lost none of his edge this week as he took down the Triton Super High Roller Series Short Deck event, a $604,977 payday which may be only his third cash in 3 years, but the hatrick is worth a cool $3million, and Ivey plans on adding some more at the WSOP this summer.

By: Andrew Burnett

 

 

The short-deck event was the first open live version of the game which sees 36 cards used instead of the usual 52 – with the two to five missing – and Ivey showed he was more than familiar with the newly-popular game, defeating old foe Daniel ‘Jungleman12’ Cates heads-up for the title.

 

 

With 61 buy-ins producing a prizepool of $1,827,664 in the opening event of Triton’s favoured stop at the Maestral Resort & Casino in Budva, Montenegro, a rejuvenated Ivey had to see off not only Cates, but the likes of Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan, Jason Koon, and a host of Asian high-rollers including the irrepressible Paul Phua, the main man behind the massive Macau games and the Triton series they spawned.

 

 

With a full series ahead of them, all eyes were on whether Ivey – a bit of a stranger to the poker tables this past year or two given his legal troubles in the infamous edge-sorting cases - could hold his own against the world’s best…

 

 

…and it was a poker fans dream come true when he made it to the heads-up battle with Cates, and it was a superb fightback by Ivey which claimed the title, although ‘JunglemanDan’ isn’t much of a one for words even when he wins more than $400k

 

 

For Ivey, the win showed he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level, the great man stating afterwards: "It still feels good, I am looking forward to the events with bigger prize pools and hope to win some more."

The victory was Ivey's first recorded cash since January 2016, his 5th spot in the Triton Super High Roller in the Philippines worth $656,500 and his last cash before that was at the 2015 Aussie Millions, a remarkable $1,710,854 when he won The LK Boutique Challenge.

Final table results

1 Phil Ivey $604,977
2 Dan Cates $407,505
3 Gabe Patgorski $246,745
4 Jason Koon $169,932
5 Furkat Rakhimov $116,939
6 Ivan Leow $87,768
7 Alan Sass $71,336
8 Wai Kin Yong $62,164
9 Mikhail Smirnov $60,253

 

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