Tony G Wins 2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe Triton Short Deck Event for €237,250
It took a few more heads-up hands than he would have liked, but popular poker personality Tony G prevailed as the champion of the €25,000 Triton Short Deck event at partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe.
Tony G outlasted a field of 21 entrants, including runner-up Yake Wu in a heads-up battle that saw Wu come from behind in several improbable runouts to prolong the match. In the end, however, Tony G rode his big stack all the way to the win and the €237,250 ($264,308) payout.
“It’s happened in so many tournaments where it looks like I’ve got everything, and I’m just missing one card."
A pair of late hands saw Tony G holding on to major equity, having Wu one card away from elimination. In one such hand, Wu hit a full house on the turn after Tony G had flopped trips. A few hands later, Tony G’s pocket jacks were well ahead, until a river ten brought trips and new life for Wu.
The final hand saw Tony G’s pocket tens go against Wu’s ace-jack preflop, and this time, Wu couldn’t find a way to survive. Wu took home €163,000 for his runner-up finish.
“It’s happened in so many tournaments where it looks like I’ve got everything, and I’m just missing one card,” said Tony G. “I was getting nervous there, but luckily the tens held up.”
Final Table Results
|3||Leon Tsoukernik||Czech Republic||€104,500|
|4||Cary Katz||United States||€75,500|
|5||Choon Tong Siow||Malaysia||€61,000|
Personalities at the Final Table
Tony G emerged as the champion from a final table packed with some of poker’s biggest personalities. Triton Poker founder Paul Phua was the first to go empty-handed out in seventh place. PokerGo founder Cary Katz finished fourth, taking home €75,500, and King’s Resort owner Leon Tsoukernik took third for a €104,500 payday.
Other final table finishers included Liang Yu, who was knocked out on the money bubble in sixth place, and Choon Tong Siow, who took fifth place for a €61,000 cash prize.
“They’re great players," Tony G said of the final table combatants. “If you look at Paul Phua, he’s made every final table last five [tournaments]. Leon’s a great player too. He’s got a lot of ability and he was really focused.”
The final table lasted through Level 23, the eleventh level of the day, before Tony G clinched the championship.
Tony G's Big Win
The victory gave Tony G his first tournament victory since 2017. He entered the final table with a sizeable chip lead, and by the time the tournament played down to the final four participants, he had double the chips of his next closest competitor, which at the time was Wu.
“I guess I’m going to keep studying the game now and see if I can take on the best players in the future."
“My game is to get a big stack, so I need a little bit of luck just to get a big stack,” Tony G explained. “Then I just run over the table. Then I can bluff and I feel very confident."
He continued: "Whenever I’m a big stack, I’m a big chance to win, and I’ve won so many tournaments. But it’s always been with a big stack. I’m not a short stack guy.”
After the Triton Short Deck win, Tony G feels like he’s back as a force to be reckoned with in poker.
“I guess I’m going to keep studying the game now and see if I can take on the best players in the future,” he said. “My game is behind at the moment because I’ve been in politics for five years. I’m dedicated to serving my country, but now I’m back in poker and enjoying life again.”
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