Rob Yong and Jason Koon Bust Triton £1million Buy-in as Day Two Heats up

Triton Pokers £1million buy-in Helping Hand for Charity tournament in London saw day two start with a bang, big names falling as the battle for the £19million heated up – Rob Yong and Jason Koon joining the early casualties…

By: Andrew Burnett

A third of the 54-player field at the most expensive buy-in event in poker history had already departed on day one yesterday, Tom Dwan and Jungleman Dan Cates among them.


As the remaining 36 players reassembled at the Park Lane Hilton this afternoon, billionaire Thirst Lounge boss Bill Perkins held the chip lead – the amateur holding court ahead of a slew of professionals.

First to hit the rail today was Timofey Trueteller Kuznetsov, the partypoker pro soon joined on the sidelines by the only female player in the field, as seen in the lead tweet above – New Zealand’s Sosia Jiang calling off Dan Smith’s re-raise shove on the flop…

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Jiang: J♣ J♠
Smith: A♥ 5♥

Flop: 3♣ 8♥ 7♥

Jiang’s tournament was immediately over when Smith’s flush appeared, the river a formality.

Turn: 4♥
River: Q♦

The action was coming thick and fast, with Hong Kong businessman Stanley Choi losing out in a remarkable and highly unusual bad beat to end his dreams of Triton victory…

With partypoker as one of Triton’s main partners for the London leg of the Super High Roller Series, many eyes – and not a little money - were on the Triton ambassador/partypoker pro Jason Koon.


After landing a double first at the Triton stop in Jeju, South Korea this march, Koon had high hopes of a repeat win, but it wasn’t to be as Bryn Kenney won the battle of the aces…

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Just before the first break of the day, Dusk Till Dawn owner Rob Yong, himself a partypoker partner, was also banking on a raggedy ace, a raising war on the flop seeing the casino boss all-in and at risk…

Yong: A♦ 2♦
Chidwick: 8♦ 8♥
Flop: A♥ 8♣ 5♣

Yong’s survival chances momentarily brightened when the turn came…

Turn: 2♠

…but the river sealed his fate…

River: 10♠

With four hours of play under their belt today, the top ten in chips sees an even mix of pros and amateurs, Alfred DeCarolis’ 3rd spot leading the way for the amateur brigade (in bold, below) against their illustrious rivals.

Chip Counts:

1 Vivek Rajkumar 4,650,000
2 Dan Smith 4,400,000
3 Alfred DeCarolis 4,200,000
4 Stephen Chidwick 4,100,000
5 Aaron Zang 3,300,000
6 Bill Perkins 3,065,000
7 Hing Yang Chow 2,870,000
8 Bryn Kenney 2,650,000
9 Chin Wei Lim 2,525,000
10 Justin Bonomo 2,400,000



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