Ship it to Koon. Once again, Jason Koon comes out on top. This was another one of those Stuey Ungar events when everyone was playing for second place in Jeju. Koon was going to take down the latest Short Deck event in Jeju no matter who stood in his way. Koon had previously final tabled Event #3 6-Max.
Koon locked up his second Triton high-balla crown. Last year, he binked Triton Super High Roller event in Montenegro for 21 million HKD. This time, it's in ultra chic Jeju, South Korea.
The 2019 Triton Super High Roller Series continued with the 1 million HKD buy-in Short Deck event. This one attracted 81 total entrants. They fired 44 additional bullets in this one. The total prize pool was 76 million HKD.
The final nine in Event #5 included Jason Koon, Paul Puha, Furkat Rakhimov, Jun Wang, Gabe Patgorski, Richard Yong, John Juanda, Wai Yong, and Devan Tang.
Wai Yong bounced in eighth place, while John Juanda busted in seventh place. JJ could not get any magic going at the final table, but he went somewhat deep once again.
Richard Yong is no stranger to final tables. However, his deep run ended in sixth place. He banked $611K USD for his efforts.
American Gabe Patgorski hit the bricks in fifth place. China's Jun Wang epic run ended in fourth place. Furkat Rakhimov, the lone Russian and European at the table, was knocked out in third place. He took home at least 10.4 million HKD, or approximately $1.35M USD. With Furkat's elimination, that set upthe heavyweight bout between Phua and Koon.
The crafty Koon found himself heads up with Malaysian businessman Paul Puha. The American hit a sweet run of cards and edged out the renown Puha. For a runner-up finish Phua banked 15.9 million HKD or roughly $2 million USD. Not too shabby, eh?
Jason Koon walked away with another Triton title. His first-place payday was worth approximately $2.9 million, or 22.2 million HKD.
Koon is closing in on $27 million in tournament winnings in his career, which is good for ninth overall all-time. The pro from West Virginia has come a long way in a short time. He's also become one of the all-time great tournament players in short deck in a relatively short time.
So far in 2019, Koon won $3.7 million in tournaments. Last year, he banked $12.5 million, including a Triton win. In 2017, he won $4.3 million. He's cashed at least seven figures every year since 2016.
2019 Triton Jeju Event #5 1M Short Deck
Buy-in: 1,000,000 HKD
Entrants: 81 (plus 44 re-entries)
Prize Pool: 76,140,000 HKD
Final Table Results:
1. Jason Koon $2,899,000 USD or 22,300,000 HKD
2. Paul Phua $2,067,000 or 15,900,000 HKD
3. Furkat Rakhimov $1,357,200 or 10,440,000 HKD
4. Jun Wang $1,027,000
5. Gabe Patgorski $793,000
6. Richard Yong $611,000
7. John Juanda $481,000
8. Wai Yong $377,000
9. Devan Tang $286,000