Devan Tang Crushes Triton Field for $1.24 Million Victory

Hong Kongs Devan Tang smashed through the field at the Triton Jeju Super High Roller Series yesterday to land a HK$9.7 million (US$1.24 million) payday, taking his lifetime tournament earnings immediately from $5million to wel beyond the $6million mark.

By: Andrew Burnett

“I’m very, very happy about it,” Tang said after defeating Canada’s Peter Jetten heads-up, admitting: “I got very lucky. I was lucky the whole way.”

That luck included being dealt pocket aces at least 5 times as a super-strong field battled it out for a HK$34.5 million (US$4.4million) prize pool, the buy-in HK$500,000 (US$64,000) and attracting 69 entries, of whom 14 would return for the second day.

Justin Bonomo was among them, but his opening victory in the 250k version of the Short Deck Triton tournament wasn’t to be repeated, Justin falling short of the eight paid spots.

Those who did make it included Triton joint-founder Paul Phua, Belarus crusher Mikita Badziakouski, Isaac ‘Ike’ Haxton and last year’s Triton Montenegro Short Deck poker sensation Jason Koon.

The biggest names in the game would have to step aside, however, as Tang left them bruised and battered by the wayside, catching quads to see of Mikita’s set of queens and using his pocket aces to send Leong, Haxton and Arnaud to the rails.

An hour of heads-up play couldn’t dent Tang’s big chip lead and eventually he sealed the deal, Jetten finishing with an excellent runner-up cash worth HK$7,040,000 (US$897,000).

“It was a tough field, for sure,” Tang stated. “When you’re playing this big and you make the final table, you have to play your best for sure.”

Final results

1 Devan Tang US$1,264,900
2 Peter Jetten US$915,200
3 Romain Arnaud US$590,200
4 Jason Koon US$446,550
5 Isaac Haxton US$345,800
6 Leong Chan Wai US$269,750
7 Mikita Badziakouski US$214,500
8 Paul Phua US$169,000



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