Dwan in the Money as Yong the Younger Seeks Second Straight Triton Main Event Title

Tom Dwan has had precious little to show for his £1.3milllion of buy-ins this week at Tritons London stop, but last night durrrr at least made moves in the right direction – finishing in the money of the £100k Short Deck Main Event…
 
By: Andrew Burnett
With 108 entries by the close of registration on day two, the main question at London’s Park Lane HiIton Les Ambassadeurs club was who would follow in Wai Kin Yong’s footsteps -the son of Triton Poker co-founder Richard Yong lifting £2,591,695 ($3,148,391) for his full deck Main Event victory yesterday.
 
The answer, so far at least, is…Wai Kin Yong himself!
As poker variants go, playing Short Deck Hold’em makes most versions look like stable 9-5 jobs with an hourly pay, the 36-cards ensuring wild swings and crazy hands…
Tom Dwan, for once, seemed to be in the zone – the legendary pro without a tournament cash since last summer’s Triton Jeju stop in South Korea – again a Short Deck event.
 
With Gabe Patgorski bubbling the money, Dwan was assured of at least a return on his entry fee, and although Tom eventually fell in 12th place for £191,900, it was a welcome sight to see him cash.
David Benefield was fresh off his £25k Short Deck ante-only title win yesterday and managed another deep run, just missing out on the final table, as did Stephen Chidwick and partypoker pro/Triton ambassador Jason Koon
With partypoker partnering with Triton for the SHR series, the sight of Isaac Haxton making the final table will be a pleasing one, Hollywood Ike coming back as the shortest stack but only one double-up away from leader Yong.
 
The other Triton Poker co-founder, legendary Macau businessman Paul Phua, will likely be hoping for a heads-up rematch with Wai Kin Yong – an immediate chance for revenge after yesterday’s full deck loss.
 
For someone to win the £2,670,000 top prize, however, they’ll have to avoid hands like the following Short Deck Special

Final Table chip counts

1 Wai Kin Yong 7,600,000
2 Justin Bonomo 5,910,000
3 Rui Cao 4,375,000
4 Paul Phua 3,905,000
5 Liang Xu 3,585,000
6 Ming Zhong Liu 3,530,000
7 Isaac Haxton 3,510,000

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