Orpen Kisacikoglu Wins Triton 100K at partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe (€1,040,000)
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Turkish businessman Orpen Kisacikoglu has taken down the Triton 100K Super High Roller at the 2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe in the King's Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Kisacikoglu ended on top of the 32-entry field by beating veteran Vladimir Troyanovskiy in a heads-up match where Kisacikoglu secured his first-ever seven-figure score by winning the grand prize of €1,040,000. Troyanovskiy received €710,000 for finishing second.
Kisacikoglu needed three bullets to make it to the end of the late registration period but the third time proved to be the charm. He wasn't the only player that fired three bullets, as PokerGO founder Cary Katz also bought in for a total of €300,000. Katz eventually finished in fifth position, barely missing out on a profitable tournament as he cashed for €273,000. Others that cashed were Kristen Bicknell (6th - €213,000), Wai Kin Yong (4th - €349,000), and Ben Heath (3rd - €455,000).
While no stranger to high roller tournaments across the globe, it's Kisacikoglu's first win on the Triton Series and only his second in total on the tour. His first Triton cash dates from two weeks ago in London where he finished 10th in a £25,000 event for £56,300. With the seven-figure ship, the Turk also dwarfed his previous biggest score of €232,080 when he finished fifth in a €10,300 High Roller in Barcelona in 2018.
Triton 100K Super High Roller at partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Rozvadov Final Results
|Place||Player||Country||Prize (EUR)||Prize (USD)|
|3||Ben Heath||United Kingdom||€455,000||$510,000|
|4||Wai Kin Yong||Malaysia||€349,000||$391,000|
|5||Cary Katz||United States||€273,000||$306,000|
Bicknell Spikes Huge One-Outer
The day started with the 18 players that survived the first day. Rui Cao entered at the start of the day and he entered with a fresh stack of 200,000 in 4,000/8,000. Charlie Carrel and Katz were among the first eliminated in the day and Carrel didn't go for another entry as he had already done two in total. Katz did go for his third entry and ended up cashing with it. The total number of unique entries stood at 22 with Cao's visit and the total number of entries halted at 32 at the end of the registration period.
Kristen Bicknell faded a trip to the reentry desk when she quadrupled up by hitting a one-outer. She got her chips in the middle with pocket queens in a four-way all-in with Phil Ivey who held pocket kings, Kahle Burns who held pocket aces, Michael Chi Zhang who held ace-queen suited. She managed to flop the case queen and fade some outs on the river to win a vital hand. Watch the incredible hand below, courtesy of PokerGO.
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Cao, Ivey, Triton co-founder Richard Yong, Tony G, Zhang, Choon Tong Siow, partypoker Pro Sam Trickett, and Martin Kabrhel all busted out before the tournament was down to the final nine players and they all combined to one table. It took a while before the first elimination happened and it was Yong's partner Paul Phua who busted in ninth.
The eight-handed final table had yet to reach the money and Australia's Michael Addamo was the unlucky one to bust in eight place. Addamo already experienced success in Rozvadov at the King's Resort when he won a WSOPE bracelet here last year. He missed out on the money this time when he couldn't win a flip with ace-nine against the pocket fives of eventual third-place finisher Heath.
Kurganov Bubbles Once Again
The title of the most unfortunate player over the last couple of weeks was already awarded to Igor Kurganov when he bubbled the biggest buy-in tournament in the history of the game. The Russian started the day with the chip lead and entered the final table with a big stack but after a series of unfortunate events, he headed empty-handed to the rail in seventh place.
Four players doubled up until the downfall of Bicknell began. She held on to the chip lead at one point during the final table but it wasn't meant to be for the partypoker Pro, who ended up running into Kisacikoglu's aces to receive €213,000 for finishing sixth. Katz busted out quickly after in fifth place. 'El Jefe' was in for three bullets and had to settle for €273,000 for his fifth-place finish, not making a profit.
Son of Triton co-founder Richard Yong, Wai Kin Yong, lost a sizeable pot with two pair against the three-of-a-kind of Kisacikoglu to end up with fewer than five big blinds. He lost those when he shoved his queen-nine into Heath's queen-ten. The younger Yong still won a nice €349,000 after already having an incredible month. He first won the Triton £100,000 Main Event in London for £2,591,695 before finishing second to Justin Bonomo in the £100,000 Short deck event for £1,835,000. He recorded yet another final table at a Triton event but missed out on the win in Rozvadov.
Heath, Troyanovskiy, and Kisacikoglu traded some chips back and forth for a while before Heath's tournament came to an end. He busted in a big coin flip with ace-ten against the pocket deuces of Kisacikoglu. To Heath's delight, the flop brought a ten before noticing there also was a deuce in there. He wasn't able to recover and was eliminated in third place for €455,000.
The heads-up match between Kisacikoglu and Troyanovskiy laster for about 45 minutes before the Turkish businessman secured his first seven-figure score. Both players flopped top pair but Kiscikoglu had the Russian out kicked. The two cards that followed on the turn and the river didn't help Troyanovskiy and he had to settle for second place and €710,000 while Kisacikoglu took the tournament down with that incredible first-place prize of €1,040,000.