Yu Liang Lifts £50k Short Deck Triton Title For £777,000

Shanghais Yu Liang took down the £50k Triton Poker Short Deck title in London last night, pocketing £777,000 and depriving David Benefield of a rare double...

By: Andrew Burnett

The final event of the Triton London extravaganza took the total prizefunds across the Super High Roller series to $100,000,000 – although the Triton Million charity with a £1,050,000 buy-in accounted for around 60% of that.

The closing 36-card event saw 52 entries and a prizepool of £2,465,000, with the usual mix of huge-name pros and lesser-known Asian talent, the winner a case in point.

Prior to yesterday, Yu Liang had a ‘mere’ $1.1million in lifetime tournament earnings, mostly comprised of two six-figure scores from half a decade ago.

The businessman, who calls the Marshall Islands his official home, is no stranger to highstakes poker, however, and thoroughly deserved his victory.

The final unofficial table of eight needed someone to bust to allow everyone else to cash, but that was resolved amicably and very unusually…

With the £100k Short Deck Main Event boasting a five-hour long, 3-handed deadlock, there was no such delays in the £50k, Chidwick, Arnaud and Chin Wei Lim all busting out. Triton co-founder Richard Yong eventually fell in 3rd, just as his son Wai Kin began his Main Event heads-up battle with Justin Bonomo.

That left Yu Liang facing David Benefield, the latter looking to add to his £650k scoop of the £25k Short Deck ante-only title two days previously.

It wasn’t to be for Benefield, however, falling at the final hurdle and having to settle for second place and another £560,500 to add to his bankroll.

Liang, victorious, lifted the trophy and £770,000 as the Triton Poker festival drew to a close.


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