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Wai Kin Yong Leads Final Seven in Bid for Second Triton London Title in 100K Short Deck Main Event

Wai Kin Yong leads the Triton London Short Deck Main Event final table.

Wai Kin Yong has put himself in position to become a double 2019 Triton Super High Roller Series London champion after he bagged the £100,000 Short Deck Main Event final table chip lead.

Having taken down the £100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event just over 24 hours ago, Yong immediately jumped into the Short Deck and continued his momentum to take the advantage into Day 3 with 7,595,000 chips.

Yong will still face a tough challenge to take the title and could be set for another battle against Triton co-founder Paul Phua (3,905,000), who was unable to get the better of Yong, son of fellow Triton co-founder Richard Yong, in the Main Event when they faced-off heads-up.

Paul Phua
Paul Phua gets another crack at a Triton Super High Roller title.

Phua will also have another chance at securing a first Triton title after three second-place finishes, which included the 2019 HK$1,000,000 No-Limit Hold'em Montenegro Short Deck Main Event. On that occasion, it was Rui Cao (4,375,000) who took the title and the Frenchman can defend his crown in London having again showed off his Short Deck prowess.

All-time money list No. 2 Justin Bonomo (5,910,000) can secure a second Triton Short Deck title, and will be Yong's closest challenger, with the line-up completed by Liang Xu (3,585,000), Ming Zhong Liu (3,530,000), and partypoker pro Isaac Haxton (3,510,000).

£100,000 Short Deck Main Event Final Table

SeatPlayerCountryChip Count
1Ming Zhong LiuHong Kong3,530,000
2Justin BonomoUnited States5,910,000
3Liang XuChina3,585,000
5Rui CaoFrance4,375,000
6Paul PhuaMalaysia3,905,000
7Wai Kin YongMalaysia7,595,000
8Isaac HaxtonUnited States3,510,000

Day 2 Action

With late registration on Day 2 open until the end of the first level, several players used to option to rebuy including partypoker pro Timofey Kuznetsov.

Among the big names to exit during the course of the day were Ben Lamb, Michael Soyza, Sam Greenwood, Luc Greenwood, Vivek Rajkumar, Daniel Dvoress, Seth Davies, Danny Tang, Mikita Badziakouski, Mike Watson, and Andrew Robl.

Gabe Patgorski has three previous Triton Short Deck final table appearances to his name but missed on a fourth after Ming Zhong Liu cracked his pocket kings with ace-king.

Richard Yong (15th-£177,000) was the first player post-bubble to depart with money in his pocket and was quickly followed to the payout desk by Elton Tsang (14th-£177,000), Cary Katz (13th-£191,000), Triton ambassador Tom Dwan (12th-£191,900), and Furkat Rakhimov (11th-£217,700).

Richard Yong
Richard Yong was eliminated in the money on Day 2.

partypoker pro Jason Koon (10th-£217,700) hit the rail at the hands of compatriot and teammate Haxton after king-jack got the better of ace-nine, before Stephen Chidwick (9th-£269,600) secured his third cash of the series but failed to reach another final table.

Triton London £25,000 Short Deck champion David Benefield (8th-£368,100) narrowly missed out on reaching back-to-back final tables after his pocket aces were cracked by Yong, who found a flush on the turn.

£100,000 Short Deck Main Event Payout

PlacePlayerCountryPrize in £Prize in $
1  £2,670,000$3,249,216
2  £1,835,000$2,233,075
3  £1,202,500$1,462,755
4  £974,500$1,173,733
5  £783,000$953,468
6  £611,900$744,738
7  £482,200$586,881
8David BenefieldUnited States£368,100$448,013
9Stephen Chidwickgb£269,600$328,129
10Jason KoonUnited States£217,700$264,961
11Furkat RakhimovRussia£217,700$264,961
12Tom DwanUnited States£191,900$233,555
13Cary KatzUnited States£191,900$233,555
14Elton TsangChina£177,000$215,421
15Richard YongMalaysia£177,000$215,421

Prize in $ via

The PokerNews live reporting team will be back in action from 1 p.m. local time on Thursday, August 8 as the Triton £100,000 Short Deck Main Event final table wraps up the London Super High Roller Series.

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