The Triton Million - A Helping Hand for Charity has now had its first day come to an end after 10 phenomenal levels of play and it is businessman Bill Perkins leading the final 36 heading into Day 2. As 18 were eliminated, the majority of the field still remains in contention in London.
Perkins is a hedge fund manager from Houston, Texas who dabbles in the occasional poker game and has almost $3 million in earnings, finished the day with the big stack of 3,560,000, up from 1 million to start.
“It feels great [but] it hasn’t really sunk in yet," Perkins said when asked how it felt to lead the marquee event. "The production value was great and I was excited to be here, but most of the day I was just bleeding away. I was card dead or flopped bad and I was frustrated for most of the day.
"I was bitching, I’m not gonna lie,” he added with a grin.
Perkins found himself in a three-way pot to the flop with Elton Tsang and Bobby Baldwin. Perkins led out, Baldwin raised it up and Tsang cold-called the raise. Perkins moved all in over the top and both opponents called. He found himself with top set against top pair and a bottom set. Perkins scooped the pot, eliminating Tsang while leaving Baldwin short in the process.
Perkins said he nearly mucked his hand to preflop action but then "the 'Casino Royale'" flop arrived. Still, he didn't feel totally secure on the two-tone board.
"I was really worried somebody would have a flush draw," he said. "I dream of monsters under my bed, I’m one of those guys. But no one had a flush draw so, swoosh.”
No monsters appeared as Perkins couldn’t get it in any better and nearly tripled up in the process. Shortly after, the founder of Thirst Lounge made another set, this time with sixes on a ten-nine-six flop with two diamonds. His opponent, then chip leader Vivek Rajkumar, held jack-eight of diamonds for a straight flush draw.
Perkins shoved a blank turn after getting a three-bet in on the flop and Rajkumar elected to call with his draw to create the biggest pot of the tournament. The river ran out clean for Perkins and a patient day of poker paid off with a chip-leading stack.
Right behind Perkins and the only other person over the 3 million mark is Canadian pro Timothy Adams with 3,056,000. Adams slowly but surely ran up a stack during Day 1 of this event and will be looking for another impressive cash this year in a Triton event after taking down the HK$2,000,000 Main Event in Jeju in March for the biggest cash of his career.
Three pros, Dan Smith (2,810,000), Rui Cao (2,700,000), and Nick Petrangelo (2,700,000), round out the top five. All are regulars in Triton events, and their strong Day 1s leave Perkins as the only non-pro invitee atop the board.
Triton Million Top 10 After Day 1
|Position||Player||Country||Status||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Bill Perkins||United States||REC||3,560,000||178|
|3||Dan Smith||United States||PRO||2,810,000||141|
|5||Nick Petrangelo||United States||PRO||2,700,000||135|
|7||Chin Wei Lim||Malaysia||REC||2,050,000||103|
|8||Justin Bonomo||United States||PRO||2,050,000||103|
|10||Hing Yang Chow||Malaysia||REC||1,975,000||99|
Triton Million Prize Pool
Those who remain will all be battling it out for the first-place prize of £19,000,000 and a chance to put their name in the record books as the biggest single prize winner in poker history. The $23,008,905 payout for the last player standing in the Triton Million is over $4.6 million more than the previous record set by Antonio Esfandiari in the 2012 Big One for One Drop.
|Position||Prize (GBP)||Prize (USD)|
Some of the players who won't get a cut of that massive prize pool include Michael Soyza, Haralabos Voulgaris, Elton Tsang, partypoker pro Sam Trickett, Paul Phua, Daniel Cates, Leon Tsoukernik, Fedor Holz and David Peters.
Meanwhile, it was a good day for some top-earning pros. Justin Bonomo (2,050,000), Bryn Kenney (1,645,000), and partypoker pro Jason Koon (1,120,000) — all among the top 10 in all-time live cashes — advanced to Day 2.
Day 2 will restart at 1 p.m. local time and the blinds will begin at 10,000/25,000 with a 25,000 big blind ante. The tournament will not bag up for the third and final day until the final table is reached.
Stay tuned to PokerNews for all of the live updates throughout the remainder of the Triton Million, as well as an embedded live stream on a slight delay from London.