Koon Takes Down Second Short-Deck Hold'em Title of Career

Published on March 7th, 2019 2:02 pm EST

South Korean island of Jeju has been a home for some of the big no limit holdem games in recent times.  Jeju sunset in photo.There are two things that Jason Koon really likes - the Triton Poker tour and short-deck hold'em.

Earlier today, Koon took down the second Triton Poker short-deck hold'em event of his career after he won the HK$1 million buy-in event at Triton Jeju for HK$23 million, which works out to about $2.84 million USD.

This tops the HK$21 million event that Koon won in Montenegro last May.


Koon was fortunate to win the event today, as he was one card away from being eliminated by Furkat Rakhimov early on at the final table.

The two players got it in with Rakhimov holding A-K of hearts, while Koon held As-Jc. The flop brought Jh-7s-Ks, giving both players a pair and Koon a backdoor flush draw.

Koon received runner-runner spades, while allowed him to double up and never look back. The final hand of the tournament saw Koon eliminate Paul Phua after Koon got it in with Kh-Qh and Phua elected to make a stand holding Ad-9h. Koon caught his cards and sent Phua to the rail.


Koon, who is a Triton Poker ambassador, now has $26,938,517 in total lifetime live tournament cashes, which places him 13th on the all-time money list. With his victory, Koon moved ahead of names such as Phil Hellmuth, Scott Seiver and Isaac Haxton, and now sits a few spots behind Phil Ivey and John Juanda.


Day 2 of the 2M HKD buy-in No Limit Hold'em main event is set to get started at 2 pm local time on Friday afternoon, with the main event set to conclude on Saturday afternoon.

The final event of the Jeju series is the 1M HKD "Refresh" event, and that gets underway at 4 pm local time on Friday afternoon.


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