Kurganov Leads as partpoker MILLIONS Europe Kicks Off with Triton €100 SHR

It’s barely a week since Triton Poker hogged the limelight with their Super High Roller fest in London, and yesterday they were at it again – this time the partypoker MILLIONS Live series hosting a Triton biggie, with the likes of Phil Ivey, Wai King Yong, Kristen Bicknell and Rob Yong all in attendance…

By: Andrew Burnett

The Kings Casino in Rozvadov, Leon Tsoukernik’s remarkable ‘poker island’ an hour from the Czech Republic’s capital Prague, is playing host to the MILLIONS Live series, and the €100,000 buy-in Triton SHR kicks off a week of highstakes action.

The most famous names in poker are there, Antanas TonyG Guoga still ready and willing to mix it with the new breed of nosebleed tournaments pros…

…while partypoker pro and world’s leading female Kristen Bicknell is one of those ‘next generation’ players looking to lay the old guard to rest…

There are few if any more legendary old school pros than Phil Ivey, and although it’s been a while since he’s graced the winner’s podium, the look of a genius at work has never changed.

With late registration in the €100k open until early this afternoon, the state of affairs among the leading pack isn’t totally clear, but Igor Kurganov’s luck hasn’t changed yet after bubbling the £1million buy-in Triton Million last week..

The other half of poker’s beautiful and philanthropic couple with Liv Boeree, the Russian highstakes pro had to fire off another bullet after missing his draw with big slick in black failed to get there against Cary Katz

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Kurganov: A♣ K♠
Catz: 8♦ 5♦

Flop: 8♣ 5♣ 4♣

Aussie Michael Addamo in the big blind folded to Katz’s bet and Kurganov’s shove was called by Katz…

Turn: K♥
River: 9♦

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Bullet two seemed to do the trick, however, Kurganov atop the chip counts when day one came to an end at about 2am local time.

English highstakes pro Charlie Carrel is up there, as are the Malaysian duo who battled for Triton Main Event supremacy last weekend, Wai Kin Yong and Paul Phua.

Day one chip counts

1 Igor Kurganov 743,000
2 Michael Addamo 552,000
3 Charlie Carrel 440,000
4 Wai Kin Yong 432,000
5 Paul Phua 418,000
6 Sam Trickett 350,000
7 Phil Ivey 341,000
8 Tony G 321,000
9 Ben Heath 313,000
10 Orpen Kisacikoglu 300,000

So far Sam Trickett is the only other partypoker pro to join Bicknell in a spot of Triton warm-up before the MILLIONS Live Main Event gets underway, day one live and online qualifiers coming together on Friday 16th for a weekend to remember, and plenty more on the schedule as well…

Tuesday 13th

  • Triton 100K SHR Final Day
  • MILLIONS 25k SHR Day 1
  • Triton 25k Short Deck Day 1

Wednesday 14th

  • MILLIONS 25k SHR Final Day
  • Triton 25k Short Deck Final Day

Friday 16th

  • MILLIONS 10k High Roller Day 1
  • MILLIONS Europe ME Day 2

Saturday 17th

  • MILLIONS 10k High Roller Day 2
  • MILLIONS Europe ME Day 3

Sunday 18th

  • MILLIONS 10k High Roller Final Day
  • MILLIONS Europe ME Final Day 4


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