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Five Big Hands from Episode #4 of the £1,050,000 Triton Million Charity Event


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 fourth episode, which can be viewed in full below.

Hand #1: Wu Folds a Set

With the blinds at 5,000/10,000/10,000, Ben Wu opened to 25,000 from early position holding the {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs} and was the only person to call when Nick Petrangelo three-bet to 87,000 from the cutoff holding the {a-Spades}{8-Spades}.

The flop was a good one for Petrangelo with the {k-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{5-Spades} handing him a flush draw and Wu check-called a 50,000 continuation-bet from Petrangelo.

Fortunes reversed on the turn when the {8-Diamonds} delivered Wu a set. However, neither player put a chip into the pot, preferring to check. Then when the {2-Spades} completed Petrangelo’s flush. Wu led for 150,000 and then folded after Petrangelo raised to 560,000 to drag in a million chip pot.

Hand #2: Sexy Poker From Cao

The action remained in the same blind level when Wiang Qiang raised to 21,000 from under the gun holding the {6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}. Rui Cao made the call in the next seat holding the {9-Spades}{8-Spades}, and then both players perked up in their seat when Jason Koon squeezed out a three-bet from the cutoff to 110,000, holding the {a-Spades}{q-Diamonds}. Qiang released his hand, but Cao put in a small four-bet to 245,000, and it was enough to take the pot after Koon folded.

Michael Soyza
Michael Soyza

Hand #3: Soyza Bluffing

With the blinds at 6,000/12,000/12,000, Cao opened to 28,000 from the cutoff with the {q-Hearts}{j-Hearts}, and Michael Soyza called in the big blind holding the {8-Diamonds}{6-Spades}.

Soyza check-called first a bet of 25,000 and then 75,000 on a board of {j-Spades}{5-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{2-Clubs} before the {a-Diamonds} landed on the river.

Soyza calmly delved into his stack and came up with a bet of 225,000, and with a shake of his head, Cao let the hand go leaving Soyza to pull in half a million chips on a bluff.

Hand #4: King High for Koon

In the same blind level, Koon opened to 27,000 in early position with the {k-Hearts}{7-Hearts} and Cao called with the {10-Diamonds}{9-Spades} from the big blind.

Cao check-called a 72,000 bet from Koon with his open-ender on the {8-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{4-Clubs} flop, and then both players checked through the {6-Diamonds} on the turn. The {8-Spades} arrived on the river leaving Koon’s king-high as the best hand.

Cao could only win with a bluff, and he tried, betting 77,000, but Koon sniffed it out with a great call.

Hand #5: Soyza With a Decision

In the same blind level, Soyza opened the betting from first position making it 25,000 to play with his {j-Diamonds}{j-Spades}, Christoph Vogelsang called with the {10-Hearts}{10-Spades} from the hijack, and Cao three-bet to 90,000 from the button holding the {a-Spades}{3-Spades}. Both the other players called.

The flop of {10-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} gave Vogelsang a boat, and when the action checked to Cao, he bet 110,000. That was followed by a call from Soyza and the German star check-raised to 350,000.

Cao folded instantly, but Soyza had a tough decision with the overpair, ultimately deciding to fold.

Coverage of the £50,000 Triton Million Charity event continues at – million.triton-series.com.

*Images courtesy of Triton Poker/Joe Giron



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