Ship it to Juanda. John Juanda, sporting a medical mask like a super hero, won the Triton Super High Roller Series at the Galaxy poker room in Macau. Juanda earned a first-place payout worth $2.8 million USD, or KHD $22.4 million. John Juanda is currently listed in the Top 10 all-time cashes. He's within striking distance of Phil Ivey, who's been stagnant in sixth place. In case you're counting, Juanda has now won over $23.5M in live tournaments over his career.
The swanky Galaxy poker room became the center of everyone's attention in Macau, as it hosted the latest high roller affair. The $1,000,000 HKD buy-in Triton SHRS, which was worth approximately $128K USD, attracted 57 original runners including many familiar faces on the high balla scene. They added an additional 26 re-entries for a total of 83 entries... which set a new record for the Triton series. The total prize pool topped $10M USD (or approximately HKD $78M). Juanda outlasted them all to win around $2.8M or HKD $22,410,400 HKD.
Juanda and Fedor Holz were the last two standing. They battled for over four hours (at least 4:20) before Juanda emerged as the winner. For a runner-up score, Fedor Holz took down $16,398,000 HKD or roughly $2.1M USD. Holz has been busy expanding his business ventures during his semi-retirement. Yet somehow, Holz managed to get heads-up in the latest SHR affair. Check out Holz's interview on the Lewis Howes podcast on performing under pressure.
Kahle Burns finished in third place for a $1.3M USD score, his biggest live score to date. Australia's Burns, no stranger to these high roller affairs in Asia, booked a pair of six-figure cashes in Macau since November 2016. In the last 13 months, he won over $2 million in Macau.
Adrian Mateos, who signed with Winamax last week, made his new team proud with a fourth-place finish. In his first major score sporting the W and the red and white colors of Team Winamax, Mateos won just shy of $900K.
The final table in Macau also included German high-stake reg Dietrich Fast, who went deep, but settled on a fifth-place finish. British pro Stevie Chidwick was dunzo in sixth, Canadian Tim Adams took seventh, and American Ike Haxton busted first at the final table in eighth place.
Furkat Rakhimov bubbled off the money in 13th place. Manig Loeser min-cashed in 12th place. JC Alvarado took 11th, SirWatts a.k.a. Mike Watson cashed in tenth place. James Chen bubbled off the final table in ninth place.
Also in the mix at Galaxy, but went home empty-handed... Erik Seidel, Ben Lamb, Lamb, Steve O'Dwyer, Steffen Sontheimer, and Stefan Schillhabel. Previous Triton champs Koray Aldemir and Wai Kin Yong were also in the field, but neither secured themselves a cash.
2017 Triton Super High Roller Series Macau
Buy-in: HKD $1,000,000
Players: 57 + 26 re-entries
Prize Pool: HKD $78M or $10M USD
Final Table Payouts:
1. John Juanda (Indonesia) 22,410,400 HKD or $2.8M USD
2. Fedor Holz (Germany) 16,398,000 HKD or $2.1M USD
3. Kahle Burns (Australia) 10,151,000 HKD or $1.3M USD
4. Adrian Mateos (Spain) 6,950,000 HKD
5. Dietrich Fast (Germany) 4,607,000 HKD
6. Stevie Chidwick (U.K.) 3,436,000 HKD
7. Timothy Adams (Canada) 2,811,000 HKD
8. Isaac Haxton (USA) 2,421,000 HKD