Dwan, Holz and Jungleman Fall as Bill Perkins Leads Triton Million

The £1million buy-in Triton Million charity event took no prisoners yesterday, Tom Dwan, Jungleman Dan Cates, Fedor Holz, Sam Trickett and Kings Casino boss Leon Tsoukernik among 18 players who hit the rails on its opening day.

By: Andrew Burnett

A total of 56 players set out on the path to the £19million first prize, an equal split between pros and amateurs who were kept separate for the first six hours, but for Tom durrrr Dwan it was all over long before then.

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He wouldn’t be lonely on the sidelines, however, as Fedor Holz’s tournament came to a sad end, calling off his stack with big draws but failing to crack Dan Smith’s pocket rockets …

Fedor Holz: 6♥ 5♥
Dan Smith: A♥ A♦

Board: 8♦ 7♥ 3♥ 10♣ A♣

It was a day of mixed fortunes for those sporting the partypoker colours, Sam Trickett making the bluff of the day

…but unable to win a race for his tournament life against Tim Adams, the Englishman’s pocket jacks outgunned by the Canadian’s ace-king.

There was brighter news for Rob Yong, however, the Dusk Till Dawn casino boss and partypoker partner more than holding his own against the best and richest of poker’s high-rollers, despite his protests…

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Yong also had the distinction of felling fellow casino supremo Leon Tsoukernik, the Kings Casino boss and highstakes amateur known affectionately as Loose Leon for his aggressive play. Tsoukernik got his already short stack in good pre-flop…

Tsoukernik: Q♠ Q♣    

Yong: A♦ Q♦

..but Yong hit the river to eliminate his fellow casino owner…

Board: J♥ 10♣ 7♣ 6♠ A♠      

Jungleman Dan Cates was another casualty of the opening day, his tournament life ending at the hands of Malaysia’s Hing Yang Chow.

A turned straight was good enough to fell one of the all-time legends of the poker world – Daniel Negreanu one of the very few who were happy to see Jungleman fall…

Much was made of the amateur vs pro, invitation-only nature of Triton’s London biggie, but when the two groups were mixed after six hours of play it certainly wasn’t all one-way traffic.

Elton Tsang, whose Monte Carlo One Drop Extravaganza victory for $12,248,912 in 2016 – playing as an amateur -  was the 3rd biggest in history, was in London on the pro side this time.

However, billionaire hedge-fund trader and Thirst Lounge guru Bill Perkins ensured Tsang would not be repeating that huge win, a set-over-set situation on the flop unchanged by the run out and perhaps changing Bill’s luck…

There was no such joy for the co-founders of the Triton Poker SHR Series, both Paul Phua and Richard Yong hitting the rail.

As play ended for the day the field was down to 36 players – Perkins atop the chip counts with recs accounting for four of the top ten spots, in bold below.

Chip counts:

1 Bill Perkins 3,560,000
2 Timothy Adams 3,095,000
3 Dan Smith 2,810,000
4 Rui Cao 2,700,000
5 Nick Petrangelo 2,700,000
6 Aaron Zang 2,185,000
7 Chin Wei Lim 2,050,000
8 Justin Bonomo 2,050,000
9 Igor Kurganov 2,015,000
10 Hing Yang Chow 1,975,000



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