Only Female Player In The Field Sosia Jiang Chases £17million Triton Title

When the 56 players took their seats today to start the Triton Million – the biggest buy-in ever for a poker tournament – there was just one woman among them, Sosia Jiang!

By: Andrew Burnett

‘Who she?’ was the question on many lips as the field of pros and amateurs set out in search of the £17million first prize – another record-breaker.

For those who know the far Eastern poker scene, however, Sosia Jiang is not just another rich wannabe poker player. The 39-year old Mongolian-born, New Zealander sits 2nd on her adopted nation’s all-time tournament money-winners list with $1,177,584.

A chunk of that - $498,073 to be exact - came courtesy of winning the 2017 PokerStars Championship High Roller in Macau, and she has added three 6-figure scores since.

This is a woman who can play some serious poker, and plays to win, explaining in an interview with the NZHerald last year: ‘I am not interested in donating money to other poker players’.

As I write this, Sosia currently sits 7th out of 53, halfway through day one that has seen Tom Dwan bust his £1million buy-in already, as have David Peters and Rick Salomon.

The unique and record-breaking Triton London spectacle has not been without some issues, however, with England’s Sam Grafton bemoaning the ‘invite-only’ format that has seen Erik Seidel among others without a seat in the game…

Although it’s hard not to feel sorry for Seidel, who evidently had a tough time finding a date for his high school prom…

…the Triton Super High Roller Series has put innovation above most everything else for their £1million Helping Hand for Charity tournament, something Daniel Negreanu was quick to support, although himself not playing…

No sign of law student-turned-broker-turned-teacher-turned poker player Sosia Jiang on KidPoker’s sweat-list, but if she can somehow maintain her great start, it could be the most amazing poker story of the decade.

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