John Juanda Folds Quads But Still Bags $613,600 Triton Poker win

Legendary player, legendary luckbox or just a man with legendary friends? Whatever the reason, John Juanda is now a Triton Poker champion after taking down the HKD250k ($32,000) Short Deck Ante-Only event for $613,600 – and folding quads along the way!

By: Andrew Burnett

The Triton Poker Super High Roller Series has seen much bigger buy-ins this past week or so, but the action and suspense has been top-notch all the way, three Short Deck tournaments scheduled to close out another amazing series.

This one, the first of the trio, again featured many of the world’s best players – Daniel Jungleman Cates in the final table mix along with the series’ most consistent threesome of Daniel Dvoress, Paul Phua and Peter Jetten.

They were chasing a total prizepool of $1.95 million, with 65 entries including 29 re-entries boosting the cash and the 36-card variant ensuring that no-one was safe regardless of their hand.

Jungleman was the most obvious victim of the brutality of short deck, a double-blow seeing him firstly river a full house only to find Jetten had hit a bigger one, and then his aces got cracked by a rivered straight and it was goodbye in 6th spot for Cates.

Then came the fold of the series – probably the worst fold! – when Juanda laid down his quad sixes to Lebedev’s bluff, despite getting plenty of odds to make the call…

All’s well that ends well, however, as the Indonesian legend - 5-times WSOP bracelet winner – recovered from his mistake to see off Canada’s Daniel Dvoress heads-up to secure the trophy and the $613,600.

“It feels great,” Juanda said afterwards, adding: “Every time you win a tournament like this, it’s an amazing feeling.”

Final results

1 John Juanda $613,600
2 Daniel Dvoress $410,800
3 Wai Kin Yong $279,500
4 Peter Jetten $210,600
5 Sergey Lebedev $162,500
6 Daniel Cates $127,400
7 Michael Soyza $101,400
8 Paul Phua $79,950

                   

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