Justin Bonomo Denies Wai Kin Yong Second Triton Main Event Title

Justin Bonomo was the villain of the piece in London last night, defeating Wai Kin Yong heads-up for the Triton Poker £100k Short Deck Main Event title and denying the youngster his second straight ME victory…

By: Andrew Burnett


Wai Kin, son of Triton co-founder Richard Yong, had already secured the full-deck Main Event title two days previously, and returned as chip leader in the 36-card version – only six men standing between him and double glory.

Among that half-dozen was Paul Phua, the other man behind the success of Triton’s Super High Roller Series, and the player Wai Kin defeated heads-up on Tuesday.

With the players already guaranteed £482,500 for their Short Deck efforts, Hong Kong’s Ming Zhong Liu took that payday when he fell in 7th place to Justin Bonomo.

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The table then saw a huge double bustout, Wai Kin’s kings the executioner in a three-way, all-in pre-flop, beast of a hand…

Yong: K♠ K♣
Cao: J♦ 10♦
Haxton: A♠ A♣

Board: K♥ Q♦ 6♠ 10♣ 6♣               

Three down, and next to leave would be Phua, again dispatched by his nemesis Yong, but there were clearly no hard feelings…

What occurred next could only be described as 3-handed pass the parcel, a 5-hour plus party game that saw the trio hand the chip lead back-and-forth umpteen times before and after the dinner break.

Something had to give, and it was already late in London when Liang Xu finally faltered, although Bonomo’s flopped set was no fault of the Chinese player, who got his chips in good.

That meant only Bonomo could prevent Yong’s historic Triton Main Event double, and at times it looked highly unlikely – Yong opening up a 3-1 chip lead early on.

Bonomo wasn’t all-time number one for nothing though, last year proving himself the king of heads-up play with 15 straight wins, and although he lost his top ranking to Bryn Kenney in last week’s Triton Million, he is nothing if not tough to beat.

A timely river double-up when all-in and at risk was followed two hands later by an almost mirror image hand, a turned ace and river J♣ destroying Yong’s dreams.

The Malaysian youngster took £1,835,000 for his fantastic run while Bonomo held aloft the trophy and scooped the £2,670,000 first prize to close that newly-opened gap on Kenney and bring the Triton Poker SHR Series London to a fitting close.


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