Winfred Yu Lifts The Triton Poker Short Deck Ante-Only Title for $260,000

Winfred Yu took down the third event in the Triton Poker High Roller Series in Montenegro today, the first of the hugely exciting Short Deck tournaments that have taken the poker world by storm, Yu bagging the HKD 2,040,000 ($260,000) top prize after defeating Ike Haxton heads-up.

By: Andrew Burnett

The relatively small buy-in (HKD100k = US$12,700) saw 70 entries, with the likes of Kings Casino boss Leon Tsoukernik bringing his aggressive approach to the high-octane form of poker.

With the 2, 3, 4 and 5 cards all removed, the 36 left in the deck combined with the world’s highest stake players to provide plenty of thrills and spills…Macau legend Paul Phua falling on the sword of King Leon…

Tsoukernik’s full-speed-ahead approach also accounted for Sam Greenwood, the Canadian taking the bubble-boy title that no-one wants when the river completed a full house for the Czech casino kingpin…

There were a few new or lesser-known names making it to the cash, Jordi Urlings, Tek Lon Tam and Ihor Shkliaruk taking spots 8, 7 and 6 respectively, leaving the big boys to battle it out for the top prizes.

Steffen Sontheimer’s challenge ended in 5th, and Loose Leon fell victim to a one-two hit to end his hopes of landing the title. When Peter Jetten busted in 3rd we had Ike Haxton vs Winfred Yu heads-up for the victory.

It felt like one-way traffic at times in the half-hour fight, Yu eventually toppling Haxton for the trophy and $260,000 payout.

Final results

1 Winfred Yu $260,000
2 Isaac Haxton $175,000
3 Peter Jetten $117,500
4 Leon Tsoukernik $89,000
5 Steffen Sontheimer $69,000
6 Ihor Shkliaruk $53,000
7 Tek Lon Tam $42,000
8 Jordi Urlings $33,000

Event 5 in the Triton Montenegro schedule, the HKD 1million Main Event, is already underway, and just in case you were wondering what happened to event number 4 I’ll quickly remind you once again of my embarrassing Triton Jeju moment from earlier this year.

“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!


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