Jason Koon Joins Triton Poker and Announces World’s Largest Tournament Buy-In

Koon was one of the stars of last years Triton Poker Super High Roller Series tour, the biggest win of his career coming in Montenegro when he took down $3,579,836 for winning the Short Deck Ante-Only $1million HKD tournament in Montenegro.

By: Andrew Burnett

Several other massive cashes at the Triton Jeju stop in South Korea later in the year cemented Koon as the face of the Asian-based highstakes tournament series – founded by Richard Yong and Paul Phua.

The buy-in will be… $2million? $5million?

Quite how big the 2019 Triton super buy-in will be no-one yet knows – or is saying at least - but it promises to be larger than the current record-holder for a tournament, the €1million buy-in Big One for One Drop in Monte Carlo won by Elton Tsang back in 2016 for €11,111,111 ($12,248,912).

The second sitting of it last year at the WSOP saw Justin Bonomo walk off with $10million from his $1million buy-in.

Tsang’s victory was an invitation-only event, so until Triton spill the beans we are not really sure which currency or tournament holds the current record by Triton’s standards, but a $2million buy-in isn’t out of the question. Of course, $5million would be ridiculous

Who will play? Dwan and Ivey and Cates and Koon and…?

Although Triton have announced the dates of their first stop of the year – March 2nd to 9th in the South Korean resort of Jeju - to celebrate their 10th festival, we don’t yet know who will be playing or where the biggest buy-in will be.

Likely faces include Jason Koon (of course!), Tom Dwan, Dan ‘jungleman’ Cates and a host of the Asian millionaires and billionaires who they crossed swords with in last year’s tour.

Phil Ivey will almost certainly not want to miss a record breaking buy-in event, and the Triton crew themselves will almost certainly be up for it – Paul Phua as well as father and son duo Richard and Wai Kin Yong and many more.

Patrik Antonius? Gus Hansen? Mikita Badziakouski? The list of those who would love to play – and have the bankroll for – such a big game is not endless, but it could produce a field and prizefund the envy of any poker game anywhere.

Whether there will be any money left over for the massive cash games which thrilled poker fans last year is another question entirely!


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