Richard Yong Wins Triton HKD$250,000 6-Max For $388,024

Winning on home soil may have eluded him thus far, but Richard Yongs victory in Montenegro sees him finally winning one of his own events, the Triton HKD$250,000 6-Max Event as part of the Super High Roller Series currently being held in Budva, Montenegro, with Yong defeating Steve ODwyer heads-up for the champions trophy and $388,024.

By: Andrew Burnett



The Malaysian businessman, well-known for his Macau partnership with fellow multi-millionaire Paul Phua, came very close in the Main Event last year at the same Maestral Resort & Casino – taking the runner-up spot to Manig Loeser and cashing for $1,441,797.

This time round it was the slightly smaller event he ran deep in, and in a big surprise there were no Germans at the final table – and Yong’s own son, successful pro in his own right Wai Kin Yong, had to watch from the rails as his dad finally did the business and landed a title.

“On the Malaysian ranking, I am the first and he is the second,” he joked after his victory, adding: “Yes, I am feeling good, very happy that everybody joined my tournament, and I had a lot of fun. It has been a long time since I played full decks and I forgot how to play.”

Yong was partly referring to the hugely-popular Short Deck poker events which are debuting in Montenegro, Phil Ivey making it a tournament organiser and sponsors dream when he took down the first of two such tournaments a few days ago.

While Stefan Schillhabel, Steffen Sontheimer, Dietrich Fast, Christian Christner, Manig Loeser and Dominik Nitsche all fell well before the six paid spots…



…and Stephen Chidwick bubbled the money, Yong still had to contend with the likes of Isaac Haxton and Steve O’Dwyer, the former hitting the rails courtesy of a flopped king hitting Yong.



Yong fought hard and skilfully against his famous opponent heads-up, and eventually a superior flopped two pair sealed the deal, Yong having earlier bitten off a big bluff to give him the chip lead.

The win takes the high-flying Triton boss’ career tournament earnings to a whopping $7,871,643, one place and $4million ahead of his son at the summit of the all-time Malaysian money-winners list.


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