Ben Lamb Scoops Triton Poker Short Deck Victory Worth $994,500

In a fitting finale to the original 11 event Triton Poker SHR Series, Ben Lamb took down the HKD 500,000 ($64,000) buy-in Short Deck event for a massive $994,500 payday, having come close with a runner-up spot just a few days ago in the PLO event.

By: Andrew Burnett

With a new event added for today, a mixed NLHE/ShortDeck tournament, Lamb’s victory didn’t quite close out the Triton Montenegro action, but it would have done quite nicely as a showcase for the 36-card variant, with action and huge swings all the way.

The 42 entries produced a $2,560,000 prizepool, with the top five being paid a minimum of $¼million, and we saw the by now familiar sight of top-notch western SHR pros mixing it with the best Asian highstakes players.

As a single-day event, the bustouts came thick and fast, and part of the Triton appeal for fans is the high-quality streaming and commentary team – Triton Poker ambassador Jason Koon joining Randy ‘nanonoko Lew to explain the intricacies of Short Deck.

Isaac Haxton and Robert Flink would be the unlucky duo from the final table to leave penniless, and that presaged some massive hand match-ups, aces vs kings clashing twice.

First we saw Timofey Trueteller Kuznetsov run his kings into Lamb’s bullets to end his hopes, and then Ivan Leow sent China’s Tan Xuan to the rails in the same painful way.

It took a while to separate the final three, but when Leow finally fell it left two 4-time Triton cashers to fight for the title heads-up, with Lamb eventually overcoming Arnaud in a typically tense showdown.

“It feels good,” Lamb said afterwards, revealing he will fly back to Vegas tomorrow for a well-earned golfing trip.

Final results

1 Ben Lamb $994,500
2 Romain Arnaud $639,600
3 Ivan Leow $422,500
4 Tan Xuan $305,500
5 Timofey Kuznetsov $248,300



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