Thursday September 15, 2022 at 8:20 pm

Thai pro Punnat Punsri banked over $2.6 million with a huge score at the 2022 Triton Mediterranean Poker Party Main Event at the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel in Cyprus. The Triton Mediterranean Poker Party Main Event attracted 99 runners to the $100,000 buy-in high roller event. Punsri defeated Wayne Heung heads-up for the title. The final table also included Jason Koon, Artur Martirosian, Wiktor Malinowski, Henrik Hecklen, and Gregoire Auzoux.


Ship it to Thailand! Earlier in the year, Punnat Punsri turned heads when he won back-to-back tournaments in Las Vegas on the 2022 PokerGo Tour at the Venetian. He held off Eril Seidel to win his first major high roller of the new calendar year. He followed up his victory with another win at the Venetian. Eight months later, Punnat Punsri crushed the tables at a high roller in Cyprus.

The Triton Poker high roller circuit continued with a series in Cyprus. The opulent Merit Crystal Cove Hotel hosted the latest high balla affair with several high-stake regs slugged it out on the felt.

The 2022 Triton Mediterranean Poker Party Main Event attracted 99 runners to the $100K buy-in event. The total prize pool was a tad short of $10 million with $2.6 million set aside to the champion. Only the top 13 places paid out.

Stevie Chidwick bubbled the money when he hit the bricks in 14 th place. Notables who went deep and cashed yet missed the final table included Isaac Haxton, Laszlo Bujtas, Paul Phua, and Seth Davies.

The final table of nine included Punnat Punsri, Wayne Heung, Wiktor Malinowski, Henrik Hecklen, Jason Koon, Gregoire Auzoux, Artur Martirosian, Artem Vezhenkov, and Horace Wei.

Horace Wei busted in ninth place, followed by Artem Vezhenkov in eighth place. Artur Martirosian was picked off in seventh place, which paid out $470,000. The top six players secured at least a half-million.

Gregoire Auzoux saw his run end in sixth place, which paid out $595,000. American pro Jason Koon missed a chance to go the distance when he was knocked out in fifth place. Koon earned $762,000 for his efforts. Henrik Hecklen's run ended into fourth place, which paid out $946,000.

Wiktor Malinowski went busto in third place, but he earned a seven-figure payout worth $1.21 million. Malinowski's elimination set up a heads-up bout between Punnat Punsri and Wayne Heung.

Wayne Heung could not rally back and he settled on a runner-up finish worth $1,825,000.

Punnat Punsri was the last player standing in the Main Event, and the Thai pro shipped the first-place prize worth $2.6 million. It marked his biggest scored to date and he padded his stats for 2022, which was already a banner year. He binked back-to-back events on the PGT, and then missed out on winning two bracelets at the 2022 WSOP with a third-place and runner-up finish.

According to Hendon Mob, Punsri passed $4 million in earnings with over $3.9 million won since January. He's Thailand's top money winner, and the way he's been playing, you can expect bigger things to come from Punsri. Perhaps a bracelet in 2023?

2022 Triton Mediterranean Poker Party Main Event

Buy-in: $100,000

Entrants: 99

Prize Pool: $9,900,000

Payouts: 13


Final Table Results:

1. Punnat Punsri $2,600,000

2. Wayne Heung $1,825,000

3. Wiktor Malinowski $1,210,000

4. Henrik Hecklen $946,000

5. Jason Koon $762,000

6. Gregoire Auzoux $595,000

7. Artur Martirosian $470,000

8. Artem Vezhenkov $366,000

9. Horace Wei $280,000

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