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Highlights of the Triton Million Poker Tournament

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A number of high-profile poker tournaments have gone down since the year began. However, as you may have noticed, not many had buy-ins of a million dollars or higher, that is, until the Triton Million – A Helping Hand for Charity rolled around. This kind of tournament is very rare but when they are held, both the players and the poker fans are treated to a ton of poker action. This one was not an exception as it pitted some of the world’s leading poker pros with avid poker enthusiasts who are recreational players. Each of the participants put up a whopping £1,050,000 buy-in in order to get a spot on the table in the tournament which is now the richest poker tournament ever.

Founded by two Malaysia n billionaire high-stakes poker players, Triton poker has been one of the most defining events of the poker world since 2010 – the two founders were at the center of the biggest poker cash games when poker erupted in Macau. In the past, the high-stakes poker tournament has often been confined to Asian destinations such as Jeju, Macau, and Manilla but for the very first time, the organizers chose to take it to London. While it is the first time the event was held in London, it is the second time it has been held in Europe.

How It Played Out

A total of 54 people bought into the tournament thus creating a prize pool of a whopping £54 million, £2.7 million of which went directly to charitable causes. While the three-day poker event featured some very good players, only one of them would walk away with the victory – this turned out to be China’s Aaron Zang.

However, it was not Zang who came out with the biggest pile of cash. This was because when the heads-up play started, Aaron Zang and Bryn Kenney opted to spark up a deal. Kenney held more than five times the chips that Zang had which means that even though he came out second, he was still going to walk away with the lion’s share of the gaming money with a score of about $20,537,000. With that, Kenney sits at the top of the All-Time Live Tournament Earnings List – the position was previously held by Antonio Esfandiari who won $18.3 million at the first-ever Big One for One Drop, which was held at the 2012 World Series of Poker.

The Final Table Payouts

Position Player Country Prize (GBP) Prize (USD)
1 Aaron Zang China *£13,779,491 $16,754,497
2 Bryn Kenney United States *£16,890,509 $20,537,187
3 Dan Smith United States £7,200,000 $8,719,164
4 Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom £4,410,000 $5,340,488
5 Vivek Rajkumar India £3,000,000 $3,632,985
6 Bill Perkins United States £2,200,000 $2,664,189
7 Alfred DeCarolis United States £1,720,000 $2,082,911
8 Timothy Adams Canada £1,400,000 $1,695,393