Jason Koon Wins Triton Super High Roller Short Deck For $2.84 million

Jason Koon solidified his reputation as King of the Short Deck by scooping the HK$22.3 million (US$2.84 million) top prize in the HK$1million buy-in event number 5 of Triton Poker’s Super High Roller Series Jeju stop in South Korea.

By: Andrew Burnett

For those of you, like myself, wondering what happened to the Triton Poker High Roller Series event 4, here’s a word from the organisers…“Hi Andy! Thanks for reaching out to us. In Chinese culture, the number 4 is an unlucky number so no event/table or seat number 4”!

Suitably embarrassed and educated, it was back to the action in event number 5 to see if Tom Dwan could do something on one of his rare live appearances. Five bullets ($638,000!) later, ‘durrrr’ was out, as was Timofey ‘Trueteller Kuznetsov after a similar fifth buy-in blank.

In fact 44 of the eventual 81 entries were re-buys, and it made for a massive prizepool of HK$76,140,000 (that’s about $9.7million US) and although the action was frantic as Short-Deck poker usually is, the final four had to come back to finish things off the following day.

With Russia, Malaysia, China and the USA represented, it showed just how global the highstakes tournament scene is nowadays, and Jun Wang revealed it was only his second-ever tournament before bowing out in 4th for HK$7,900,000 (roughly US$1million).

Furkat Rakhimov’s bad beat when his AK lost to a rivered flush against Triton Ambassador Koon left the American facing Triton co-founder Paul Phua for the title, and Koon had some precious words for the Malaysian highroller when it was all over.

“It was extremely tough,” said Koon. “Paul is a great player. I had a good feeling that him and I would possibly have a showdown. He’s just so, so good.”



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