Malaysian Poker Pro Wins Over $3m at 2019 Triton London Main Event

Malaysian Poker Pro Wins Over $3m at 2019 Triton London Main Event August 8, 2019 Mario Alfonsi
by Mario Alfonsi  |  Published on Aug 8, 2019  |  Updated on Aug 8, 2019
Wai Kin Yong

The record-breaking £100,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event at the 2019 Triton Super High Roller Series London has come to an end and Malaysia’s Wai Kin Yong came out on the winning side winning £2,591,695 which is over $3 million for his first place finish.

Yong agreed to a heads-up deal with eventual runner up Triton Poker co-founder Paul Phua who won £2,558,305 ($3,107,828).

Yong who is the son of Phua’s business partner Richard Yong, successfully captured his second Triton Main Event title, while a first-place win remained elusive for Phua after recording two previous runner-up finishes. This year’s Triton Super High Roller Series London Main Event attracted 130 entrants, the largest field in Triton history.  

Final Table Results

There was no shortage of action during the final battle, with three players being sent to the rail as soon as the final table kicked off. Malaysian pro Wai Leong Chan finished in 9th place for £305,000 after losing a flip against Yong. A double elimination then occurred with Daniel Cates busting out in 8th place for £410,000 while Stephen Chidwick took home £544,000 for his 7th place finish. Both players moved all-in against Michael Soyza who ultimately won the hand with AdQd.

The next player to hit the rail was Michael Chi Zhang after running into Phua’s pocket queens. The UK player finished in 6th place to take home £711,000. He was followed by Canada’s Sam Greenwood who ended his bid in 5th place for £902,000. With only four players remaining, each player was guaranteed to win a minimum of £1 million in prize money. Soyza was the next player to exit in 4th place and received £1,120,000.

Yong And Phua Win Millions 

Ben Heath entered the Triton Poker Main Event fresh from his victory at the $50K High Roller event in the 2019 World Series of Poker. The UK pro tried his best to replicate his strong play but his hopes were crushed after his pocket kings were cracked by ace-king. Still a great performance from Heath who finished in third place for £1,350,000.

Heath’s elimination left Yong and Phua in heads-up battle. Both players agreed to a deal, leaving an additional £150,000 and the trophy up for grabs. When the dust settled, it was Yong who walked away with the extra cash and the Triton London Main Event trophy. 

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