David Benefield Scoops Triton £25k Short Deck Ante-Only For £650,000

The volatile and fascinating game of Short Deck Hold em made its first appearance at the Triton London SHR Series yesterday, and highstakes cash game specialist David Benefield scooped £650,000 by taking down the £25k Ante-only title…

By: Andrew Burnett

Triton Poker, with its roots in Asia where the 36-card version of the game is incredibly popular, have been instrumental in bringing Short Deck to the masses.


In London, the masses totalled 53, with exactly that number of re-buys, producing a prizepool of £2,517,500 – small by Triton standards, but the tournament was just a teaser of sorts for the £100k Short Deck Main Event that kicked off yesterday.

Talal Shakerchi was one of those playing his first-ever Short Deck event, managing a final table appearance and a 7th place finish for £117,000.

Peter Jetten followed him to the rails in 6th, and that left Benefield to battle four players from Asia, not unexpected given their experience in the game.

Chi Wei Lim fell in 4th at the hands of Benefield when Q 10 outflopped K 10, and the Hong Kong duo of Bjorn Li and Pang Yu Feng also fell to the vagaries of the swingy variant.

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Macau’s Cheok Leng Cheong did his level best to halt Benefield’s run to the title, this hand confusing the announcer and fans who thought the Texan had won…

Benefield: 9♣ 9♦
Cheong: K♣ 8♥
Board: 6♦ Q♣ 9♥ A♣ 7♥

…not realising that the ace counts as a five here, the low end of Short Deck straights …

It didn’t matter, however, as Benefield eventually emerged victorious, Cheong settling for a £445,000 runner-up cash, while the champion got £650,000.

Benefield told reporters afterwards: “I’m delighted. It’s an emotional roller coaster, but that’s short deck. You just keep going all in. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.”

Final table results

1 David Benefield £650,000
2 Cheok Leng Cheong £445,000
3 Pang Yu Feng £292,000
4 Bjorn Li £236,500
5 Chin Wei Lim £190,000
6 Peter Jetten £148,300
7 Talal Shakerchi £117,000



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