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Paul Phua Leads Triton Poker London £100,000 Main Event Final Nine

Paul Phua Leads Triton Poker £100,000 Main Event Final Nine

The Triton £100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event has been forced into a third day of action after a record-breaking 130 entrants took to the tables and created a £12,200,000 prize pool.

After over twelve hours of poker on Day 2, just nine players remain in contention of the £3,080,000 first-place prize.

Triton co-founder Paul Phua (lead photo) will return as the chipleader with 5,875,000 in chips. However, after a crazy penultimate hand of the night occurred, Phua might be wondering how he wasn't able to accumulate more. Daniel Cates raised with ace-jack and Phua defended his big blind with pocket threes before the flop fell ace-ace-three. Phua twice called a bet from Cates, and when Phua check-raised all in on the river, Cates managed to make a strong laydown after over two minutes in the tank.

Ben Heath (5,810,000) and Wai Kin Yong (5,030,000), son of Phua's fellow Triton co-founder Richard Yong, complete the top three counts.

Michael Soyza (3,870,000) and Michael Chi Zhang (3,740,000) are followed by Triton Million fourth-place finisher Stephen Chidwick (2,955,000), Sam Greenwood (2,385,000), the fourth Malaysian player Wai Leong Chan (1,650,000), and Cates (1,200,000), who will return as the shortest stack after his big laydown against Phua.

Triton Poker London £100,000 Final Table Seat Draw

SeatPlayerCountryChip Count
1Paul PhuaMalaysia5,875,000
2Wai Leong ChanMalaysia1,650,000
3Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom2,955,000
5Michael SoyzaMalaysia3,870,000
6Sam GreenwoodCanada2,385,000
7Michael Chi ZhangUnited Kingdom3,740,000
8Wai Kin YongMalaysia5,030,000
9Ben HeathUnited Kingdom5,810,000
10Daniel CatesUnited States1,200,000
Triton Poker London £100,000 Main Event Final Table Players
Triton Poker London £100,000 Main Event Final Table Players

Action of the day

Early departures on Day 2 included Ivan Leow, David Peters, Igor Kurganov, Chin Wei Lim, Christoph Vogelsang, Cary Katz, Linus Loeliger, and former big stack Nick Schulman.

Frenchman Jean-Noel Thorel had run his stack up to over a million but exited less than 30 minutes later after he ran into pocket aces.

New all-time money list leader and Triton Million runner-up Bryn Kenney was unable to continue his momentum and exited early, with partypoker pros Jason Koon, Fedor Holz, and Timofey Kuznetsov also failing to make the money spots.

Double Up Bryn Kenney
Bryn Kenney

Justin Bonomo brought the action to hand-for-hand play after he scored a double knockout at the expense of Randy Lew and partypoker's Mikita Badziakouski.

It was a tense time for many short stacks, including Bonomo who himself doubled up Michael Chi Zhang moments after that big pot, but ultimately it was to be Choon Tong Siow who exited as the last player without a cash for his efforts.

Siow put his final ten big blinds into the middle from the small blind with ace-king after Michael Soyza had shoved from the button with ace-seven. A seven appeared on the flop to switch the advantage in Soyza's favor, and Siow was unable to find a miraculous comeback to survive.

In the Money Finishers

Wiktor Malinowski (17th, £192,000) hit the rail after Daniel Cates cracked pocket eights holding pocket fives and Malinowski was left with just five big blinds. The Pole then departed when his jack-ten ran into king-nine and found no help from the board.

Cates continued his momentum and secured a double knockout in the form of Timothy Adams (16th, £192,000) and Justin Bonomo (15th, £201,600). Cates held pocket kings and secured the pot against Adams' jack-seven and Bonomo's ace-nine.

Sosia Jiang (14th, £201,600) lost a vital flip holding ace-nine against Sam Greenwood's pocket sixes and departed in the very next hand after being unable to spin up the remaining three big blinds.

Sosia Jiang
Sosia Jiang exited in 14th for £201,600, Dan Cates is the short stack going into Day 3

Tan Xuan (13th, £220,000) had held the chip lead for the majority of Day 1 and was a near ever-present at the top of counts on Day 2. But his luck ran out brutally when he collided pocket kings into Chidwick's pocket aces.

partypoker pro Isaac Haxton (12th, £220,000) three-bet all in with ace-nine only to lose a flip against Ben Heath's pocket sevens in the penultimate level of the day.

Liang Xu (11th, £250,400) saw his final two blind blinds turn to dust when he ran queen-jack into pocket kings before Matthias Eibinger (10th, £250,500) missed out on a place at the final table after ace-five was no good against pocket sixes.

PositionPlayerCountryPrize in £Prize in $
1  £3,080,000$3,744,574
2  £2,070,000$2,516,645
3  £1,350,000$1,641,290
4  £1,120,000$1,361,663
5  £902,000$1,096,625
6  £711,000$864,525
7  £544,000$661,465
8  £410,000$498,530
9  £305,000$370,858
10Matthias EibingerAustria£250,400$304,468
11Liang XuChina£250,400$304,468
12Isaac HaxtonUnited States£220,000$267,504
13Tan XuanChina£220,000$267,504
14Sosia JiangNew Zealand£201,600$245,121
15Justin BonomoUnited States£201,600$245,121
16Timothy AdamsCanada£192,000$233,449
17Wiktor MalinowskiPoland£192,000$233,449

* Prize in $ via XE.com

Join us back for continued coverage from the Triton Poker London £100,000 Main Event with it all on the line for a seven-figure top prize once again! Besides the final day of the £100,000 Main Event, the £100,000 Short Deck also gets underway today.

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Ben Heath second in chips going into Day 3
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