The best part of the 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series from Jeju, South Korea was the filming of cash games. These nosebleed stakes sessions and tournaments were spliced into episodes for the Triton Poker YouTube account. Mikita Badziakouski went on to win the Main Event for $5.2 million. You probably already saw the $2.3 million USD pot in cash game hand between Paul Phua and Tom Dwan. But here's some Triton SHR tournament action from Jeju.
Paul Phua, Andrew Robl, Phil Ivey, Tom 'durrrr' Dwan, and Ivan Leow were among the players featured in the final day of Event #4 $1,000,000 HKD buy-in Short Deck (Ante Only) event. If you don't know, the 2-3-4-5 are all removed for Short Deck action. This has become a popular variant of Texas Hold'em in Asia and quickly spread among the high roller regulars.
Kenneth Kee shipped Jeju Event #4 for a score worth approximately $2.9 million, or $22.5M in Hong Kong Dollars. Kee defeated Cary Katz heads-up for the title. The final table also included Richard Yong, Peter Jetten, Ivan Leow, and Mikita Badziakouski. The Badzman did not ship this SHR event. I know, shocker, right? Badziakouski finished in fifth place.
These Triton SHR videos are commentated by Lex Veldhuis and Randy "nanonoko" Lew. Both were on PokerStars payroll at some point as Team Online Pros. Veldhuis is a Dutch pro and highly-popular Twitch streamer. And nanonoko is a machine at the online grind.
Phil Ivey, Ivan Leow, and Kenneth Kee clashed in several key hands as the event played down to its final table.
Paul Phua and Ivey clashed in a hand when Ivey battled with King-Queen against Phua's Ace-Queen. Both flopped a pair of Queens, but Ivey flopped a gutshot draw. Ivey got there on the turn. Phua rivered two pair, but he knew he was beat.
Kee and Ivey got into it when Ivey held pocket Aces and Kee flopped bottom two pair with 9-6 offsuit. Kee's two pair were the best hand, but Ivey bluffed on the river with his meager Aces. Kee folded and got out of the way.
Kee and Leow were involved in a potential monster pot. Leow flopped a Broadway straight, while Kee flopped bottom pair and a flush draw. Kee whiffed on the river. Leow held two pair with Aces up. Kee, who had been playing somewhat tight, fired away anyway. Leow folded his cards face up and Kee dragged the pot.
"This is a really good bet. Amazing bluff. You gotta give tight players credit these spots," said Veldhuis.
Andrew Robl and Ivan Leow were involved in a costly hand. Robl semi-bluffed with a gutter draw and Jack-ten on a flop. With 1.7M in the pot, Robl shoved for 1.3M and Loew made a hero call with Big Slick. Robl smiled when he knew he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Alas, the spiked on the turn and Robl won the pot. Leow hit the rail. "Unbelievable read. Sick call. Didn't even use a time chip. Sickest call of the tournament," said Veldhuis.
Badziakouski and Phua sparred in a hand where Phua flopped trip Aces with against Badzman's . Badzman turned a flush to take the lead. The Jack of Clubs fell on the river and Phua improved to a full house, but remember this is Short Deck, so the boat trailed the flush. With 1.25M in the pot, Phua checked, Badziakouski fired out 500K, and Phua went into the tank. Phua used a time chip and finally called. His boat was no good and Badzman dragged the pot.
At the final table, Peter Jetten got cooler'd. Jetten's were way behind Badzman's pocket Cowboys and Kee's pocket rockets. Three-way all-in. Kee was the big stack with nearly 4M in chips. Badzman was short with under 1M, while Jetten held 2.2M. Kee picked up a flush draw on the all-club flop. Kee knocked out both players in the same hand when his held up. Badzman bounced in fifth place, while Jetten was dunzo in fourth. Double elimination, Kee rocketed to the top spot in chips with three to go. That clutch three-way pot essentially put Kee in position to ship Event #4.
Richard Yong from Malaysia would go on and finish in third place. American Cary Katz was the runner-up and he took down $1.7M in Yankee bucks. Not too shabby, eh? Ken Kee earned a payout worth nearly $2.9M USD. His shipped HKD $22.5M overall and the Triton title.
Watch the final table and lead up to Event #4 Short Deck here: