Phil Ivey Finishes In Third Place of Monster Event

Published on May 19th, 2018 12:49 pm EST

Sveti Stefan - Montenegro - Night shot - Home of Triton - High end cash poker tournament.The final event of the 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro was the HKD $1,000,000 Short Deck event.

The variant of No Limit Hold'em, which derives its name from the fact that the Deuces, Threes, Fours and Fives are all removed from the deck, is very popular amongst the high limit pros who love action.

The HKD $1,000,000 was so popular, in fact, that the turnout ended up easily surpassing the traditional NLHE main event. In total, the Short Deck event ended up drawing a total of 103 entries, which created a massive prize pool of nearly HKD $100,000,000. In total, the prize pool came in at roughly $12.3 million USD.

There were many top names in the field, including both Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan. Dwan, who spent some time in the commentary booth this week, ended up bubbling the final event, while Phil Ivey finished in third place for just over $1.66 million. Phil Ivey won another preliminary event earlier in the week and is in top form with the World Series of Poker just around the corner.


The tournament was eventually won by Jason Koon, who managed to rake in the biggest cash of his career with a $3,579,914 USD payday.

Xuan Tan, who gave Koon everything that he could handle during heads-up play, finished in second place for $2,308,434 USD.

Here is how the tournament ended up finishing out:

1st, Jason Koon, $3,579,914 USD
2nd, Xuan Tan, $2,308,434 USD
3rd, Phil Ivey, $1,666,516 USD
4th, Winfred Yu, $1,172,752 USD
5th, Rui Cao, $802,430 USD
6th, Peter Jetten, $641,918 USD


With the conclusion of the Short Deck event, many of the participants are now going to make their way over to Las Vegas for the Super High Roller Bowl and World Series of Poker, both of which will get underway before the end of May.

One more note - the wild success of the Short Deck events will likely lead to many more such tournaments in the future, as the higher limit players clearly love playing in them.


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