In 2019, 27 amateurs and 27 of the world’s best pros competed in the biggest buy-in event in history. Now, the Triton Million – A Helping Hand for Charity poker tournament is being released as a 10-episode series on Triton Poker’s YouTube Channel.
A total of 54 players stumped up the seven-figure entry fee with £50,000 of each buy-in going to benefit 15 different charities. As a result, this saw £2.7 million going to a plethora of good causes as well as generating a staggering £54 million ($73,993,800) pound prize pool.
Here’s a look at five of either the biggest or most interesting hands from the second episode, which can be viewed in full below.
Hand #1: Ivan Leow Doing What Leow Does Best
With blinds at 3,000/6,000/6,000, Ivan Leow opened up the action with a raise to 15,000, holding the in early position with a starting stack of 1.3m, Chin Wei Lim three-bet to 46,000 from a stack of 634,000 from the cutoff, and Leow called.
The dealer placed on the flop, and Leow check-raised to 85,000 with the airball, which Lim called. The turn was the and Leow continued his aggression with a bet of 110,000, which Lim also called.
The floated down the river, leaving Lim with the best hand, but that didn’t deter Leow, who bet 260,000. It did the trick as Lim folded.
Hand #2: Chin Wei Lim Doubles
After missing out on a value bet in the previous hand versus Leow, Haralabos Voulgaris looked down to see the from the first position and raised to 13,000. Sitting to his immediate left was Lim, who three-bet to 40,000 with the . After everyone else folded, Voulgaris made the call.
The flop was terrible news for Lim when it landed . Voulgaris check-raised to 90,000 after Lim bet 28,000 and Lim called. The landed on the fourth street and Voulgaris went into defense mode, check-calling a 135,000 Lim bet. On the river, Voulgaris made a crying call after Lim moved all in for 155,000 for the boat.
Hand #3: “I Can Only Beat a Bluff” – Cary Katz
Cary Katz opened the action with a 13,000 raise from under the gun holding the , and Lim called in the big blind having the inferior . The flop of catapulted Lim into the lead with two pair, and he checked-raised to 46,000 after Katz bet 15,000. Katz made the call.
The landed on the turn to give Katz the dominant two-pair hand, but he only called after Lim bet 105,000. The was the final card on the board and Lim moved all in for 685,000.
“Sure feels like a set of fives,” said a pained Katz, who was the shorter stack. “I can only beat a bluff.”
Despite having the best hand, Katz folded, and Lim picked up a big pot with the worse hand.
Hand #4: The Battle of the Casino Owners
Dusk till Dawn owner Rob Yong opened to 25,000 from first position holding the , and then shifted enough chips across the line to put the King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik all in after he had three-bet to 80,000 holding a pair of black queens.
Tsoukernik was a single card away from a double up on a run out until the hit the river to send Tsoukernik packing. Yong ended the day as the chip leader of the non-pro side of the draw with more than 2 million chips.
Hand #5: Figure This One Out?
Ok, what was going on in the mind of Liang Yu in this one?
Yu limped into the action from the button holding , Wai Kin Yong did likewise with from the small blind, and Leow made it a threesome with his in the big blind.
The flop of missed everyone, but Leow tried to pick it up with a 10,000 bet. Yu stuck around with the call after Yong folded.
Leow continued to try and pinch it when betting 22,000 on a turn, but Yu again called with his queen-high. The final card was the , Leow waved the white flag with a check, and with the whole world expecting a Yu bet, he checked behind to take it down with queen-high.
Coverage of the £50,000 Triton Million Charity event continues at – million.triton-series.com.
*Images courtesy of Triton Poker/Joe Giron