Triton Million - A Helping Hand for Charity
Triton Million - A Helping Hand for Charity
Day 1 Completed

Bill Perkins Leads Richest Tournament in History After Day 1

MartianNews • Level 10: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Bill Perkins
Bill Perkins

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.

Timothy Adams
Timothy Adams

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

PositionPlayerCountryStatusChip CountBig Blinds
1Bill PerkinsUnited StatesREC3,560,000178
2Timothy AdamsCanadaPRO3,095,000155
3Dan SmithUnited StatesPRO2,810,000141
4Rui CaoFrancePRO2,710,000136
5Nick PetrangeloUnited StatesPRO2,700,000135
6Aaron ZangChinaREC2,188,000109
7Chin Wei LimMalaysiaREC2,050,000103
8Justin BonomoUnited StatesPRO2,050,000103
9Igor KurganovRussiaPRO2,015,000101
10Hing Yang ChowMalaysiaREC1,975,00099

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.

PositionPrize (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.

Tags: Andrew PantlingBill PerkinsDan SmithDaniel CatesDavid PetersElton TsangFedor HolzHaralabos VoulgarisLeon TsoukernikMichael SoyzaNick PetrangeloPaul PhuaRick SalomonRui CaoSam TrickettTimofey KuznetsovTimothy AdamsVivek Rajkumar

Seat Draw Day 2 Triton Million - A Helping Hand for Charity

Webjoker • Level 10: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
TableSeatPlayerCountryStatusChip CountBig Blinds
11Mikita BadziakouskiBelarusPRO815,00041
12Bill PerkinsUnited StatesREC3,560,000178
13Sam GreenwoodCanadaPRO1,865,00093
15Stanley ChoiHong KongREC320,00016
16Martin KabrhelCzech RepublicPRO1,155,00058
17Tan XuanChinaPRO765,00038
18Alfred DeCarolisUnited StatesREC675,00034
21Hing Yang ChowMalaysiaREC1,975,00099
22Rob YongUnited KingdomREC1,625,00081
23Tony GLithuaniaREC1,445,00072
25Cary KatzUnited StatesREC275,00014
26Stephen ChidwickUnited KingdomPRO1,815,00091
27Winfred YuHong KongREC730,00037
28Orpen KisacikogluTurkeyREC475,00024
31Yu LiangVanuatuREC755,00038
32Matthias EibingerGermanyPRO375,00019
33Ferdinand PutraIndonesiaREC1,830,00092
35Timofey KuznetsovRussiaPRO320,00016
36Justin BonomoUnited StatesPRO2,050,000103
37Jason KoonUnited StatesPRO1,120,00056
38Wai Leong ChanMalaysiaPRO1,235,00062
39Bryn KenneyUnited StatesPRO1,645,00082
51Dan SmithUnited StatesPRO2,810,000141
52Rui CaoFrancePRO2,710,000136
53Nick PetrangeloUnited StatesPRO2,700,000135
55Sosia JiangNew ZealandREC1,150,00058
56Vivek RajkumarIndiaPRO1,715,00086
58Chin Wei LimMalaysiaREC2,050,000103
59Danny TangHong KongPRO1,390,00070
61Igor KurganovRussiaPRO2,015,000101
63Timothy AdamsCanadaPRO3,095,000155
65Aaron ZangChinaREC2,188,000109
66Ivan LeowMalaysiaREC1,080,00054
67Andrew RoblUnited StatesPRO1,075,00054
68Qiang WangChinaREC1,430,00072
69Christoph VogelsangGermanyPRO1,765,00088

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

KaleGozer • Level 10: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Bill Perkins us
Bill Perkins
us 3,560,000 260,000
Timothy Adams ca
Timothy Adams
ca 3,095,000 292,000
Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
us 2,810,000 640,000
Rui Cao fr
Rui Cao
fr 2,700,000 779,000
Nick Petrangelo us
Nick Petrangelo
us 2,700,000 -250,000
Aaron Zang cn
Aaron Zang
cn 2,185,000 308,000
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
us 2,050,000 779,000
Chin Wei Lim my
Chin Wei Lim
my 2,050,000 82,000
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
ru 2,015,000 505,000
Hing Yang Chow my
Hing Yang Chow
my 1,975,000 725,000
Ferdinand Putra id
Ferdinand Putra
id 1,830,000 227,000
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb 1,815,000 -85,000
Christoph Vogelsang de
Christoph Vogelsang
de 1,765,000 165,000
Vivek Rajkumar in
Vivek Rajkumar
in 1,715,000 315,000
Bryn Kenney us
Bryn Kenney
us 1,645,000 345,000
Rob Yong gb
Rob Yong
gb 1,625,000 -364,000
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca 1,465,000 -45,000
Tony G lt
Tony G
lt 1,445,000 26,000
Qiang Wang cn
Qiang Wang
cn 1,430,000 -130,000
Danny Tang hk
Danny Tang
hk 1,395,000 294,000
Wai Leong Chan my
Wai Leong Chan
my 1,235,000 39,000
Martin Kabrhel cz
Martin Kabrhel
cz 1,155,000 -245,000
Sosia Jiang nz
Sosia Jiang
nz 1,150,000 -196,000
Jason Koon us
Jason Koon
us 1,120,000 -330,000
Ivan Leow my
Ivan Leow
my 1,080,000 -415,000

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Day 1 Done

KaleGozer • Level 10: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

After ten levels of 60 minutes each, Day 1 of the Triton Million - A Helping Hand for Charity has concluded. 36 out of 54 players found a bag and have made their way to Day 2. Just before the end of the day, Michael Soyza was ousted by Rui Cao after his {q-Spades}{q-Clubs} wasn't able to improve against Cao's {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}.

All chip counts and an end-of-day recap will follow.

Michael Soyza my
Michael Soyza
my Busted

Chidwick Sends Voulgaris to the Rail

KaleGozer • Level 10: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Haralabos Voulgaris
Haralabos Voulgaris

Haralabos Voulgaris opened to 50,000 from under the gun, Sosia Jiang called in late position and Stephen Chidwick defended his big blind.

The dealer fanned out {q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} on the flop and action checked to Voulgaris who bet 65,000. Jiang called and Chidwick quickly check-raised to 225,000. Voulgaris moved all in for 459,000, Jiang folded and Chidwick called.

Haralabos Voulgaris: {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}
Stephen Chidwick: {q-Spades}{5-Spades}

Chidwick was ahead with his flopped two pair and Voulgaris was in need of some help. A {9-Hearts} on the turn and {8-Diamonds} river completed the board, changing nothing as Voulgaris failed to improve and was eliminated by the two pair of Chidwick.

Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb 1,900,000 592,000
Haralabos Voulgaris ca
Haralabos Voulgaris
ca Busted

Tags: Haralabos VoulgarisSosia JiangStephen Chidwick

Clock Paused; Five More Hands

KaleGozer • Level 10: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

With 11:51 remaining in the final level of the day, the clock has been paused. Five more hands will be played until chips are bagged and tagged for the night.

Baldwin Heads Out the Door After Petrangelo Spikes the Turn

MartianNews • Level 10: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Bobby Baldwin
Bobby Baldwin

Bobby Baldwin moved all in for around 230,000 on Nick Petrangelo called, players tabled their hands with Baldwin at risk.

Bobby Baldwin: {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}
Nick Petrangelo: {a-Spades}{8-Spades}

The flop came down {10-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{3-Clubs} and Baldwin's ladies were still in the lead. An {a-Clubs} landed on the turn, swinging the lead to Petrangelo which he would retain after a {9-Spades} completed the board. Petrangelo scooped in the pot and sent Baldwin home.

Nick Petrangelo us
Nick Petrangelo
us 2,950,000 446,000
Bobby Baldwin us
Bobby Baldwin
us Busted

Tags: Bobby BaldwinNick Petrangelo

Wai Kin Yong Doesn't Get There

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Wai Kin Yong
Wai Kin Yong

On the turn, the board read {q-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{6-Hearts} and Wai Kin Yong shoved his last few hundred thousand to the middle. Dan Smith immediately called it off.

Wai Kin Yong: {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts}
Dan Smith: {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}

Yong needed an ace or heart to survive but the river was the {3-Spades} instead to eliminate him.

Wai Kin Yong my
Wai Kin Yong
my Busted

Tags: Dan SmithWai Kin Yong

Greenwood and Madden Flip for Stacks

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Pat Madden
Pat Madden

Sam Greenwood opened to 45,000 from the hijack, Pat Madden three-bet to 185,000 in the cutoff and Greenwood quickly four-bet shoved all in for 771,000. Madden called for just a bit less and the two tabled their hands.

Pat Madden: {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}
Sam Greenwood: {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}

The flop came down {7-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{2-Hearts} and Greenwood now picked up a flush draw to go with his over. A {7-Hearts} peeled off on the turn, giving Greenwood a flush and the lead.

The {8-Clubs} river did not improve Madden's hand as he was eliminated by the flush of Greenwood during the last level of the day.

Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca 1,510,000 895,000
Pat Madden us
Pat Madden
us Busted

Tags: Pat MaddenSam Greenwood