Triton Madrid Going Full Throttle - Two Victories for Addamo
The Madrid stop of the famed Triton High Roller Series kicked off on Friday the 13th of this month. However, this didn’t stop many big names from having some luck at the tables.
The venue is the illustrious Casino Gran Via in Madrid, Spain. The very first event at the series was claimed by a real poker A-lister. 4-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Michael Addamo took down the opening €20,000 No Limit Holdem 8-Handed event after beating Christopher Soyza from Malaysia heads-up for the title. Addamo bagged €478,000 for his victory. He then went on to win the €75K NLHE event as well for an additional €1.152 million a few days later.
One of the Triton Series co-founders, Paul Phua (also from Malaysia), won the second event. He topped the field in the €30,000 NLHE 7-Handed event for €740,400. This final table featured such legends of the game as Phil Ivey, Isaac Haxton, or Erik Seidel.
Henrik Hecklen from Denmark was crowned champion in the €100,000 Triton Main Event in Madrid. He pocketed no less than €2.171 million for his great victory.
Mikita Badziakouski Wins His Record 4th Triton Title
Belarusian Mikita Badziakouski also made headlines. The Eastern European crusher won his 4th title at Triton High Roller Series in the €50,000 No Limit Holdem event in Madrid. No player in the history of the series has more titles than him now.
Previously, he took down the HK$1,000,000 Super High Roller Main Event for $2.5 million in May 2018 in Montenegro; the HK$2,000,000 Super High Roller Main Event for $5.257 million in July 2018 in South Korea (his biggest live cash to date); and the HK$750,000 Short Deck NLHE - Ante Only event for $1.694 million in May 2019 back in Montenegro.
For this victory, he had to fight through a star-studded field of 101 players. The aforementioned Ivey and Seidel, as well as Stephen Chidwick, Patrik Antonius, and Adrian Mateos (on his “home turf” in Spain) were all in the mix for this one.
However, many of these big names didn’t make it in the 29 players surviving Day1. "Fish2013" Badziakuski was evidently there on Day2, starting second in chips behind online high stakes cash player Linus “LLinusLLove” Loeliger from Switzerland.
The last two men standing were Danny Tang from Hong Kong and Badziakuski. Tang started the heads-up battle with a 2:1 chip lead. However, the title ended up going to the Belarusian. In the last hand, Badziakuski called an 11 BB shove after limping. He was holding pocket 9’s, while his opponent had K2 off-suit.
A flopped set gave Badziakuski his record 4th Triton title, along with the €1.340 million first prize. He now has $34.324 million in live tournament earnings. That places him just outside of the top 10 on Hendon’s famous all time money list.
Tom Dwan Triumphs in Madrid Too
Tom “durrrr” Dwan, an online poker legend, is not known for being a live tournament crusher. He has $5.573 million in live cashes. That is impressive, but for comparison, it’s also about one 7th of Badziakouski’s lifetime winnings…
This time, however, Dwan took down the €25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event for €290,000 at Triton Madrid. This is his first live tournament win since April 2011. Then, he finished first in a $50,000 Sit&Go put on by Poker After Dark.
So, what’s next at the Triton High Roller Series in Madrid?
The three remaining events on the schedule are all short deck. They are the €100K Short Deck Main Event starting on May 24; as well as the €150K Short Deck Ante Only event, and the €30K Short Deck Ante Only Turbo event, both on May 25. If you’re not familiar, short deck is a new Holdem game type where the 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s are removed from the deck.
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