Yong the Younger Defeats Paul Phua for £2,591,695 Triton Main Event Victory

Malaysias Wai Kin Yong took down the Triton Poker SHR Series Main Event, a heads-up deal with Triton co-founder Paul Phua, bringing the youngster a £2,591,695 ($3,148,391) payday to go with the trophy!

By: Andrew Burnett

Wai Kin is the son of the other Triton co-founder, billionaire businessman Richard Yong, and was one of nine players who returned for the final table – everyone guaranteed at least £305,000 as they sat down to play.

It didn’t take long to blow the final table apart, however, Wai Leong Chan’s day lasting only three hands, and then this nerve-wracking three-way all-in…

Jungleman out, Chidwick out, and Michael Zhang would follow then to the rail soon after, his pocket nines running into Phua’s queens, but a £711,000 cash still an excellent showing from the young star.

When Sam Greenwood fell in 5th, it meant that the the remaining quartet were on for £1million+ payouts, Michael Soyza next to depart, also at the hands of Greenwood’s conqueror, Wai Kin Yong.

England’s Ben Heath looked set to make a real challenge for the title, but when your pocket kings run into this kind of flop…

…well, no more words needed! That left Phua and Yong heads-up, and a deal was struck that left some £150k behind, along with the trophy, to play for…and it was Yong the Younger who came through for an amazing victory…

Final results

1 Wai Kin Yong £2,591,695*
2 Paul Phua £2,558,305*
3 Ben Heath £1,350,000
4 Michael Soyza £1,120,000
5 Sam Greenwood £902,000
6 Michael Chi Zhang £711,000
7 Stephen Chidwick £544,000
8 Daniel Cates £410,000
9 Wai Leong Chan $371,584

*denotes deal

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