Jason Koon Wins Triton Super High Roller Short Deck Event For $3.6 Million

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Jason Koon Wins Triton Super High Roller Short Deck Event For $3.6 Million
20 May

Jason Koon was the last man standing after an exceptional turnout of 103 entries plunked down $1,000,000 HKD ($128,000 USD) in the final event - Short Deck Ante Only - of the 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series in Montenegro, taking home the massive prize of $3,579,836.

The prize pool swelled to $12,344,129 following a bonanza of 53 registrants and re-entries who joined the action on the final day of the tournament that began with only 13 players left out of 50 entries. The final table was a grueling eight hours in length and included Phil Ivey, the winner of a Short Deck event in Montenegro just a few days earlier for $604,992.

Short Deck, also known as Six Plus Hold'em, consists of 36 cards. The 16 cards valued deuce through five are removed from play, stripping down the deck but certainly not reducing the action.

On A Roll

It was Koon's largest score to date by far, boosting his lifetime winnings to $16,587,793. He has cashed for just shy of $5.8 million in 2018 alone, starting out the year by winning a title at the PCA for $421,080. Koon also finished 4th in the other Six Plus Hold'em event of the Triton series for $169,936.

Leading the way in chips with seven players remaining, Koon managed to stave off his nearest pursuer, Phil Ivey. The Poker Hall of Famer eventually hit the rail in third place, claiming a prize of $1,666,480.

Knocking out the Tiger Woods of Poker gave Koon almost a 4-1 chip advantage on runner-up Xuan Tan. He sealed the deal against the Chinese poker pro when his K-Q materialized into a full house when the board played out thusly: A-K-K-Q-7. Tan's suited J-10 in hearts made a straight, but nary a heart on the board meant no royal flush, and $2,308,384 in second place prize money was his fate.

Final Table Results - Triton SHR - Short Deck Ante-Only - Event #4

1Jason Koon
2Xuan Tan
3Phil Ivey
4Winfred Yu
5Rui Cao
6Peter Jetten

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